Eaton Wins Three 2009 XChange Tech Innovators XCellence Awards

Date: December 21, 2009

RALIEGH, N.C. …Diversified industrial manufacturer Eaton Corporation today announced that the company earned three 2009 XChange XCellence awards during Everything Channel’s XChange Tech Innovators Conference. Eaton was nominated in all six categories and won the “Best Partner Program” and “Partner Excellence & Commitment” awards for its PowerAdvantage Partner Program, as well as the “Overall Best of Show” award. This recognition further validates Eaton’s PowerAdvantage program, which was launched earlier this year to help the value-added reseller (VAR) community build their power practices.

“The XChange XCellence Awards winners are selected by top Solution Providers at each event and honor the vendors with the most exceptional products, programs and technologies,” said Nancy Hammervik, senior vice president, Events, Everything Channel. “Congratulations to Eaton for winning three categories, including Overall Best of Show. They have demonstrated that they deliver high-quality solutions and have many satisfied business partners.”

Sponsored by Everything Channel Events, the XChange XCellence Awards measure overall Business and Technology Integrator perceptions of vendor products and services during an XChange event. XChange attendees evaluate and score each vendor’s presentation, message and presence throughout the event. Awards were given out during the XChange XCellence Awards Luncheon.

“We are thrilled to receive these coveted awards and to be recognized by the VAR community for our efforts to provide them with unparalleled support,” said Brooke Lang, global IT channel manager, Eaton. “The Eaton PowerAdvantage Program offers a welcomed alternative for channel partners in terms of upfront rebates, sales support, training and competitive pricing on award-winning products. We are assisting resellers in building complete ‘power practices’ in a very real and beneficial way.”

XChange Tech Innovators is the nation's most unique channel event of the year, bringing together today’s leading and emerging technology vendors with more than 110 pre-qualified, decision-making solution providers from around North America.

For more information about Eaton’s award-winning PowerAdvantage Partner Program, visit . For more information about Eaton’s power quality products and services, visit .

Eaton’s electrical business is a global leader in power distribution, power quality, control and industrial automation products and services. Eaton’s global electrical product lines, including Cutler-Hammer®, Moeller®, Powerware®, Holec®, MEM®, Santak® and MGE Office Protection Systems™ provide customer-driven PowerChain Management®  solutions to serve the power system needs of the data center, industrial, institutional, government, utility, commercial, residential and OEM markets worldwide.

Eaton Corporation is a diversified power management company with 2008 sales of $15.4 billion. Eaton is a global technology leader in electrical components and 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 approximately 70,000 employees and sells products to customers in more than 150 countries. For more information, visit .

Kristin Somers
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