Magnetek To Manufacture, Market Eaton DDC Drive Systems

MENOMONEE FALLS, Wis.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—April 17, 2006— Magnetek, Inc. (NYSE: MAG) and Eaton Corporation (NYSE:ETN) have entered into an agreement whereby Magnetek will provide sales, support and service of Eaton direct DC (DDC) drives to the crane and hoist industry.

Already North America's leading supplier of AC crane control systems, Magnetek will take over exclusive responsibility for design, manufacturing, sales and service of integrated DDC drive systems incorporating Eaton components under the Magnetek OmniPulse(TM) brand name. Magnetek provides a full complement of integrated overhead material handling control solutions, including drives, accessories and remote radio controls for crane and hoist automation.

According to the companies, DDC control systems are expected to displace traditional DC technology in the overhead material handling and industrial process control markets. There are some 3,000 active cranes running in North America alone with traditional DC controls that could be retrofitted over time.

Magnetek, Inc. ( designs and builds digital power conversion and control products and systems for telecommunications, data management, alternative energy, transportation, industrial automation and other applications requiring very efficient, intelligent, reliable power. The Company operates manufacturing and research facilities worldwide and reported total revenue of $242 million for its 2005 fiscal year, ended July 3, 2005.

Eaton Corporation ( is a global leader in electrical systems and components for power quality, distribution and control; fluid power systems and services for industrial, mobile and aircraft equipment; intelligent truck drivetrain systems for safety and fuel economy; and automotive engine air management systems, powertrain solutions and specialty controls for performance, fuel economy and safety. Eaton has 59,000 employees and sells products to customers in 125 countries.

This news release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, including statements regarding sales of and markets for its products and services, such as material handling controls and control systems. These forward-looking statements are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties, many of which cannot be predicted or quantified and are beyond the Company's control. Future events and actual results may differ materially from those set forth in, contemplated by, or underlying these forward-looking statements.

Magnetek, Inc.
Robert Murray, 818-727-2216 (ext. 111)

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