November 6, 2008

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Eaton TVS® Supercharger Named 2009 PACE Award Finalist; Front Wheel Drive ELocker™ Receives Honorable Mention

SOUTHFIELD, Mich. … Diversified industrial manufacturer Eaton Corporation today announced its Twin Vortices Series® (TVS®) supercharger has been named a finalist in the 2009 Automotive News PACE (Premier Automotive Suppliers’ Contribution to Excellence) Award competition and its Front Wheel Drive ELocker™ has received an honorable mention.

Overall winners will be announced at a gala ceremony in Detroit on April 20, 2009.

“We’re honored to once again have our innovations recognized by the PACE committee,” said Glenn Gouldey, vice president engineering and technology – Eaton’s Automotive Group. “An honor like this reinforces our mission to provide top-quality products that support our customers’ needs.”

The Eaton TVS® supercharger and front wheel drive ELocker™ differential were recognized in the new product category for having significant market impact and for acting as “game changers” in the automotive industry.

The Eaton TVS® supercharger is an all-new Roots-style design that made its simultaneous debut in on the 2009 Corvette ZR-1 and Cadillac CTS-V. The TVS® has two four-lobe rotors twisted 160 degrees that intermesh at high-speed and efficiently forces air into the engine and provides added power and improved drive ability.  The Eaton Front Wheel Drive ELocker™ is an electronic locking differential technology that offers drivers the option to lock a vehicle’s drive wheels with the push of a button, providing the ability to exit out of almost any traction problem. This system made its debut on the 2009 Fiat Palio Adventure Locker in Brazil.

The Automotive News PACE Award recognizes innovation, technological advancement and business performance of suppliers that contribute products, processes, information technology, materials or services directly to the manufacture of cars or trucks.  The prestigious PACE Award is jointly presented by Ernst & Young, the Transportation Research Center Inc. (TRC Inc.) and Automotive News.

For more information about the program, visit  In addition to Ernst & Young and TRC Inc., the Automotive News PACE Award is also sponsored by OESA.

With sales of $1.6 billion in 2007 and 11,000 employees around the world, Eaton’s Automotive Group supplies the passenger car, light-truck, commercial and industrial vehicle industries with critical components that help reduce emissions and fuel consumption and improve vehicle stability and performance. Principal products include, engine valves and valve train components, fluid conveyance components, superchargers, locking and limited slip differentials, fuel emissions and safety controls, transmission and engine controls, decorative body moldings and spoilers.

Eaton Corporation is a diversified power management company with 2007 sales of $13 billion. Eaton is a global technology leader in electrical systems for power quality, distribution and control; hydraulics components, systems and services for industrial and mobile equipment; aerospace fuel, hydraulics and pneumatic systems for commercial and military use; and truck and automotive drivetrain and powertrain systems for performance, fuel economy and safety. Eaton has 82,000 employees and sells products to customers in more than 150 countries. For more information, visit