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HOOVER -- HOUSEHOLD HELPER FOR 85 YEARS -- NOW OFFERS LINEUP OF UNIQUE WORKSHOP VACS

 Kmart to launch manufacturer's new product
 with advertising starting Oct. 23
 NORTH CANTON, Ohio, Oct. 19 /PRNewswire/ -- Hoover, the most- recognized brand in floor care and a trusted household helper for 85 years, is now expanding into a new area of home care with a line of wet/dry shop vacuums which meets the special cleaning demands of patio, workshop, garage and basement. The new product will be launched in Kmart's 2,400 plus stores nationally with advertising starting Oct. 23.
 The units offer unique consumer features which are the subject of several pending patents. For example, the top models in the line offer a unique, two-tank system that provides the ultimate in convenience by allowing the user to switch instantly from dry pickup to wet without emptying the tank or cleaning the filter.
 With the tank-within-a-tank system, the upper tank is for dry debris, and the lower tank is for liquids. Most conventional shop vacuums on the market require the user to empty their contents and change their filter before moving from dry to liquid use or vice versa. The Hoover models with the new two-tank systems are great time savers because they are always ready to pick up either wet or dry. To switch tasks, the user simply removes the hose, slides the wet/dry selector valve, and re-inserts the hose into the newly exposed opening.
 The units offer attached tool storage on the body of the cleaner so tools are always within quick reach, as well as a powerful built-in blower for chores such as leaf blowing.
 "We're proud to offer an extraordinary product with features that are unique among shop vacuum cleaners in the marketplace today," says David A. Gault, vice president-marketing. "The shop vacuum segment represents an exciting new opportunity for The Hoover Company, one in which we are confident we will excel. In fact, market research has shown that many consumers perceive that Hoover is already in the shop vacuum business."
 The result of considerable market research, the impressive Hoover wet/dry family is designed to please consumers with its high quality and ease of use.
 Models are manufactured of durable molded plastic. Designed with a broad base, these units provide extra stability to prevent tipping while being moved from one area to another. Casters are specially extended from the tank to further guard against tipping. The models feature tank drains for easy emptying of liquids without lifting the tank and come with two-year limited warranties.
 Top-of-the-line models offer 12.5 and 16 gallon capacities as well as a portable blower integrated into the top of the unit which detaches easily with the flick of two latches and is ideal for cleaning up leaves, debris or grass clippings. These models also come with an extended-use cartridge filter, which can be cleaned and re-used; an easy- empty tank drain; and a special 12-piece set of attachments to handle any chore. The set includes a 2-1/2-inch diameter hose, a 1-1/4-inch diameter hose, two wands to fit each hose size, a blowernozzle, squeegee, floor nozzle, crevice tool, large "gulper" nozzle, and smaller utility nozzle. Storage for the tools is integrated into the units.
 A range of accessory kits and replacement filters also is available.
 Models feature midnight gray tanks with black lids and brite red accents.
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 /NOTE TO MEDIA: Free photo to accompany this story is available immediately to any media with telephoto receiver or electronic darkroom (PC or Macintosh) that can accept overhead transmissions. To retrieve a photo, please call 214-416-3686./
 /CONTACT: Lynne Dragomier of The Hoover Company, 216-499-9200/


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