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Eaton to Acquire Cooper Industries

CLEVELAND and DUBLIN — Diversified industrial manufacturer Eaton Corporation (NYSE: ETN) (“Eaton”) and electrical equipment supplier Cooper Industries plc (NYSE: CBE) (“Cooper”) today announced they have entered into a definitive agreement under which Eaton will acquire Cooper in a transaction that will significantly increase the capabilities and geographic breadth of the combined company's power management portfolio and electrical business.

The announcement required under the Irish Takeover Rules has been made (the “Rule 2.5 Announcement”) and is available at www.eaton.com. Founded in 1833, Cooper is a leading supplier of electrical equipment with a wide range of electrical products including electrical protection, power transmission and distribution, lighting and wiring components. This suite of electrical products enhances customer energy efficiency and safety across a number of end markets globally. Founded in 1911, Eaton is a global power management company. Its electrical business is a global leader in power distribution, power quality, control and automation, power monitoring, and energy management products and services. Eaton is positioned to answer today's most critical power management challenges through its electrical, aerospace, hydraulics and vehicle businesses. At the close of the transaction, which is expected in the second half of 2012, Eaton and Cooper will be combined under a new company incorporated in Ireland, where Cooper is incorporated today. The newly created company, which is expected to be called Eaton Global Corporation Plc or a variant thereof (“New Eaton”), will be led by Alexander M. Cutler, Eaton's current chairman and chief executive officer.

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