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Parker Expands Refrigeration Technology and European Offering with Herl Acquisition

August 08, 2005

CLEVELAND, Aug. 8 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Parker Hannifin (NYSE: PH) today announced it has acquired the Herl Company (M.G. Herl Armaturenfabrik GmbH + Co. KG), a privately held manufacturer of industrial refrigeration valves and controls. Herl will become part of Parker's Climate & Industrial Controls Group, which provides refrigeration and air conditioning components, controls and systems. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

With one location in Cologne, Germany, Herl has annual revenues of approximately $15 million. The company was established in 1932 and today sells its products to customers in nearly 60 countries. In addition to its strong product portfolio, Herl brings Parker new technology in the emerging area of environmentally optimal or "green" refrigerants.

"This is a complementary acquisition and helps Parker globalize its industrial refrigeration business, with Herl adding its solid position in Europe to Parker's leading position in North America," said Lynn Cortright, President of Parker's Climate & Industrial Controls Group. "We're pleased to welcome Herl to the Parker family and we look forward to better serving our industrial refrigeration customers worldwide."

Madeleine Herl, Owner and Managing Director of Herl commented "Parker and Herl are an excellent match. I'm confident the combination will greatly benefit both companies' employees and customers."

With annual sales of more than $8 billion, Parker Hannifin is the world's leading diversified manufacturer of motion and control technologies and systems, providing precision-engineered solutions for a wide variety of commercial, mobile, industrial and aerospace markets. The company employs more than 50,000 people in 46 countries around the world. Parker has increased its annual dividends paid to shareholders for 49 consecutive years, among the top five longest-running dividend-increase records in the S&P 500 index. For more information, visit the company's web site at http://www.parker.com, or its investor information site at http://www.phstock.com.

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