Eaton names new vice president--Hydraulics Operations

CLEVELAND, OHIO.... Eaton Corporation (NYSE:ETN) today named William F. Sackrider Vice President--Hydraulics Operations, effective immediately. Sackrider, a 30-year Eaton employee, replaces James A. Earnshaw, who will become president and chief executive officer of Graco Inc. of Minneapolis on March 1.

In his new position, Sackrider will have responsibility for Eaton's worldwide hydraulics business, which is headquartered in Eden Prairie, Minnesota. He will report to Brian R. Bachman, senior vice president and group executive of Hydraulics, Semiconductor Equipment and Specialty Controls.

In commenting on the announcement, Alexander M. Cutler, President and Chief Operating Officer, said, "Bill Sackrider structured the Vehicle Switch/Electronics Division into a strong multinational organization. His leadership influenced the successful introduction of products into many new vehicle platforms which will significantly grow the sales of the division by 2002. We are confident that he will bring this type of leadership to our hydraulics business as it moves to the next level of becoming a $1 billion industry leader with the Aeroquip-Vickers acquisition."

Prior to today's announcement, Sackrider served as general manager of the Vehicle Switch/Electronics Division since 1996. He was general manager of the Fluid Power Division from 1991 to 1996 and had been operations manager of that division since 1988. Sackrider holds a bachelor's degree from Northern Michigan University and an MBA from Western Michigan University.

Eaton Corporation is a global manufacturer of highly engineered products that serve industrial, vehicle, construction, commercial and semiconductor markets. Principal products include electrical power distribution and control equipment, truck drivetrain systems, engine components, hydraulic products, ion implanters and a wide variety of controls. Headquartered in Cleveland, the company has 49,500 employees and 155 manufacturing sites in 25 countries around the world. Sales for 1998 were $6.6 billion.



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