Fleetguard and Davco Technology Form Alliance to Offer Broadest Diesel Fuel Heater/Water Separator/Filter Product Line

NASHVILLE, Tenn.--Jan. 2, 20048, 2004--Fleetguard Inc., the global filtration, exhaust, coolant and chemical specialist for diesel-powered equipment, and Davco Technology, L.L.C., one of North America's leading suppliers of remote mount fuel heater/water separators, have allied to supply highly specialized fuel filtration systems to the global marketplace. The combined product offerings create the broadest diesel fuel heater/water separation/fuel filtration product line-up in the industry. In addition, Davco's REN(TM) industrial product line of automatic oil replenishment systems, slow flow meters and fluid level switches are included in the expanded product line.

The agreement calls for the conversion of Davco's fuel heater/water separator/filter product line filtration media to Fleetguard's proprietary StrataPore(TM) media. Patented StrataPore(TM) is a synthetic, multi-layered media developed by Fleetguard in the 1990s that adjusts filtration efficiency to meet specific application needs through its porous, polymer layers. StrataPore(TM) has won numerous industry awards for its innovative performance.

The agreement provides for the expansion of Davco's Diesel Pro(TM), Fuel Pro(TM), and SeaPro(TM) series of remote mount fuel heater/water separation systems to more on- and off-highway, industrial, construction and marine applications, so as to serve a more global customer base.

"The alliance represents a perfect match of the strengths and capabilities of Fleetguard and Davco," said Peggy Harmann, Vice President of Global Marketing for Fleetguard. "Fleetguard's patented filtration and media technology, broad product coverage and global customer base, combined with Davco's technology and solid market base in North America, is an ideal combination. Both companies bring strong ties to original equipment manufacturers as first-fit suppliers with innovative technologies that meet customers' needs. The agreement allows Fleetguard to offer the broadest and best remote filtration use product line in the world."

Harmann said that the ability to provide a broad range of fuel heater/water separator products to fit many applications meets another critical customer requirement for ease of doing business. "The agreement allows us to meet and exceed our customers' expectations with one-stop shopping and preferred product availability. Fleetguard and Davco are customer-led companies, and the opportunity to provide our customers' broad fuel heater/water separator needs, while making their purchasing decisions easier, is a win-win-win situation. We are very excited about the advantages to our customers."

Davco's innovative Diesel Pro(TM), Fuel Pro(TM) and Sea Pro(TM) Series of remote mount fuel heater/water separator/filters offer significant benefits for diesel engine users, including reduced downtime, lower operating costs, and environmentally safer products. Oriean Clayton, Davco Technology National Director - Sales & Marketing, noted "Davco has always been a leader in our industry, the first to design a successful fuel filter mounted on top of the fuel heater/water separator, and the first to design a clear cover for the diesel fuel filter, the patented "Seeing is Believing(TM)" Technology. This agreement with Fleetguard enhances Davco's role as a growing and innovative global product manufacturer that considers the Customer First."

Headquartered in Saline, Michigan, Davco Technology, L.L.C. is a privately-held company and the North American leader in Class 8 heavy-duty diesel-powered truck fuel heater/water separator/filter systems. Davco has a history of dedication to customer satisfaction and response. Additional details about Davco and its products can be viewed at www.davcotec.com, or call Customer Support at 1-800-328-2611.

Fleetguard Inc. is a wholly-owned business unit of Cummins Inc. and the world's leading designer and manufacturer of heavy-duty air, fuel, hydraulic and lube filtration, chemicals and exhaust system technology products for diesel-powered equipment. Fleetguard cares about maintaining a cleaner, healthier, and safer environment. Going beyond compliance, Fleetguard proactively seeks improvements to products and processes and offers environmentally friendlier product choices for all major engine systems. Fleetguard's homepage on the Internet can be found at www.fleetguard.com. In North America, customers can call Fleetguard(R) Customer Assistance at 1-800-22FILTER (1-800-223-4583) for more information.

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