USFilter, Wilo/EMU end sales relationship

Ending a 25-year relationship, German pump maker Wilo AG and USFilter Corp. of Warrendale, Pa., jointly announce the termination of their agreement to market Wilo's EMU line of pumps and mixers in North America through USFilter sales channels, as of Dec. 31, 2004. Wilo AG bought EMU in January 2003. The agreement gave USFilter the right to exclusively market EMU products in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico...

WARRENDALE, PA, & DORTMUND, Germany, Jan. 10, 2005 -- Wilo AG of Germany and USFilter Corp. of Warrendale, Pa., have jointly announced the termination of their agreement to market Wilo's EMU line of pumps and mixers in North America through USFilter sales channels, effective Dec. 31, 2004.

"Wilo sells primarily through its own subsidiaries worldwide. The decision to end the long-standing relationship with USFilter was driven by our ongoing business strategy to have a uniform sales distribution for the Wilo and EMU products globally," said Terry Rouse, CEO of Wilo-EMU LLC.

Wilo AG, one of the largest pump manufacturers in the world, purchased EMU in January 2003. The USFilter/EMU relationship stretches back more than 25 years, and the agreement gave USFilter the right to exclusively market EMU products in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico.

"We respect the decision of Wilo-EMU and have enjoyed working with them closely through the years. EMU has great quality submersible pumps and mixers and we will continue to use their products in our systems when applicable," said Robert Tatum, USFilter general manager.

Sales, marketing, service and warranty support for new and existing customers of EMU pumps and mixers in North America will now be supported by Wilo-EMU USA of Thomasville, Ga. Contact Terry Rouse at Wilo-EMU USA at 229-558-9002 or email at terry.rouse@wilo-emu.com. The address for Rouse's office is 170 Big Star Drive, Thomasville, GA 31757.

For heating, air conditioning and water supply, contact Bill Lowe at Wilo USA LLC, #7 2915 10th Ave. NE, Calgary, AB T2A 5LA Canada -- at 403-276-9456 or email at bill.lowe@wilo-na.com.

Customers with questions regarding transition plans for open contracts, should contact Michael Greek, the USFilter customer service representative at 229-227-8705 or email GreekMA@usfilter.com.

About USFilter
USFilter Corp. (www.usfilter.com), a Siemens (www.siemens.com) company, delivers cost-effective, reliable water and wastewater treatment systems and services to municipal, industrial, commercial and institutional customers worldwide. USFilter is part of Siemens' Industrial Solutions and Services Group (I&S), which provides innovative solutions and services designed to improve competitiveness in processing and manufacturing industries and in infrastructure. In fiscal 2004 (to Sep. 30) I&S employed a total of 30,000 people worldwide and achieved total sales of EUR 4.29 billion [US$5.62 billion].

About Wilo AG
Wilo-EMU LLC (www.emu-pumps.com) is the newly founded Thomasville, Ga.-based company for the sales and service of the Wilo AG's EMU products. Wilo AG (www.wilo-ag.com), the German based parent company is a leading global supplier of pumps and pumping systems for heating, air conditioning, water supply and waste water. Represented in 42 countries on five continents the groups annual turnover in 2003 of US$776 million (EUR 616 million) was achieved by 3,800 employees worldwide. Wilo has over 130 years in business.

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