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Emerson Names Severson As President of Knaack LLC Division

CRYSTAL LAKE, IL - September 29, 2006 - Knaack LLC, a division of Emerson (NYSE: EMR) and its Emerson Professional Tools business, recently announced the appointment of Chad Severson to the position of president. Severson previously served as Knaack's vice president of marketing and product development. He succeeds Russ Kerstetter who has been promoted to group vice president responsible for Emerson's storage solutions business.

Severson has more than 14 years of sales, marketing and product development experience for various industrial, equipment manufacturers and consumer companies selling into a variety of channels. He began his career at Copeland Corporation, another Emerson division, where he held sales, marketing and product management positions. Before coming to Knaack LLC, Severson served as a vice president, marketing and customer service, at Kohler Company.

Severson holds a bachelor's degree from the U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, Colo., and a master's degree in business administration from The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio.

For nearly 50 years, Knaack LLC has been building secure storage products for the industrial and commercial industries. This includes KNAACK®, offering jobsite storage equipment, WEATHER GUARD® Truck, offering truck boxes and racks for full size and compact pickups, and WEATHER GUARD® Van Solutions, offering shelving, cabinets and racks for vans and utility vehicles.

For more information contact: Knaack LLC, 420 E. Terra Cotta Avenue, Crystal Lake, IL 60014. Toll Free Phone: 800.456.7865. Web: E-mail:

About Emerson Professional Tools™
Emerson Professional Tools, a business of Emerson, brings together technology and engineering to design and produce some of the highest-quality tools and equipment in the world. From wet/dry vacs to the industry's best-selling pipe diagnostic system, key brands include RIDGID®, KNAACK®, and WEATHER GUARD®. For information, visit

About Emerson
Emerson (NYSE: EMR), based in St. Louis, Missouri, is a global leader in bringing technology and engineering together to provide innovative solutions to customers through its network power, process management, industrial automation, climate technologies, and appliance and tools businesses. Sales in fiscal 2005 were $17.3 billion. For more information, visit

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