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Graco Expands Its Management Team and Announces Several Key New Management Assignments — New Positions Designed to Deliver



  Graco Expands Its Management Team and Announces Several Key New Management
  Assignments — New Positions Designed to Deliver Sustainable, Long-Term
  Growth and International Expansion

Business Wire

MINNEAPOLIS -- December 27, 2012

Graco Inc. (NYSE:GGG), a leading manufacturer of fluid handling equipment,
announced today that effective January 1, 2013, the company is expanding its
management team to capture new Process business opportunities, and increase
international sales in the emerging economies of South and Central America.

Mark Eberlein, the current Business Development Director for the Industrial
Products Division (IPD), will become the new Vice President and General
Manager for the Process Division. In addition, Bernard Moreau, who currently
serves as the Director of Sales and Marketing for Graco’s IPD and Applied
Fluid Technologies Division (AFTD) in Europe, will relocate to South America
to become the company’s first Vice President and General Manager for South and
Central America.

“Expanding our capabilities on behalf of Process business customers, and
increasing sales in emerging markets are key growth drivers for Graco,” said
Pat McHale, President and Chief Executive Officer. “I look forward to the
results that Mark and Bernard will deliver in support of these goals.”

The company also announced that Simon J.W. Paulis, Graco’s Vice President and
General Manager for the Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) region, will be
retiring at the end of 2012 after 14 years of leadership at Graco. Jeffrey P.
Johnson, the current Vice President and General Manager for the Asia Pacific
region, will replace Paulis in the EMEA region. Johnson will relocate from
Shanghai to Graco’s European headquarters in Belgium. Peter O’Shea, the
current Director of Sales and Marketing for Graco’s IPD business in Asia
Pacific, will become Vice President and General Manager, Asia Pacific,
replacing Johnson.

In addition, the company announced that David M. Lowe was promoted to
Executive Vice President of the Industrial Products Division earlier this year
when the acquisition of the Gema Powder Finishing business was completed.

“I want to thank Simon for his many years of valuable leadership to the
company as we significantly expanded our business in the European region,”
said McHale. “I am confident that Jeff will build on Simon’s great work to
expand our businesses in EMEA and that Peter will build on Jeff’s work in Asia
Pacific. I also want to thank David for his years of exceptional service and
congratulate him on his well-deserved promotion.”

Graco Inc. supplies technology and expertise for the management of fluids in
both industrial and commercial applications. It designs, manufactures and
markets systems and equipment to move, measure, control, dispense and spray
fluid materials. A recognized leader in its specialties, Minneapolis-based
Graco serves customers around the world in the manufacturing, processing,
construction, and maintenance industries. For additional information about
Graco Inc., please visit us at www.graco.com.

Contact:

Graco Inc.
James A. Graner, 612-623-6635
or
Media:
Bryce Hallowell, 612-623-6679
bhallowell@graco.com
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