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Ergotron Wins Distribution Industry’s Rising Star Award for Accelerated Business Growth

GTDC Summit, San Francisco, CA, September 20, 2006

Ergotron, the global leader in computer and video display mounting equipment, today announced that it is a recipient of the Global Technology Distribution Council’s inaugural Rising Star Award for outstanding sales growth through IT distributors. The GTDC presented the award to Jane Rodmyre Payfer, Vice President of Marketing for Ergotron, at its annual Summit event, held this year at San Francisco’s Fairmont Hotel, Sept. 19–20, and attended by the world’s leading IT vendors and distributors.

The GTDC, whose member distributors represent more than $80 billion in annual sales, created the Rising Star Awards because of the impressive success companies like Ergotron are having in partnership with IT distributors. Reflected in the theme of this year’s conference, GTDC Summit 2006: The New Wave of Growth in Distribution, the value proposition of IT distributors has never been more pronounced, especially considering the renewed industry emphasis on reseller channel services, supply chain efficiency and cost management. Ergotron’s performance attests to the excellent demand for its products as well as the pivotal role of distributors in reaching and supporting diverse end-user markets.

Tracking the Results: NPD Service Reports IT Distributor Sales by Product Category

Sales results for Rising Star award winners are based on actual revenue growth over the past year, as reported by a leading consumer and retail information company, The NPD Group, in its Distributor Track® service. Available by subscription, the Distributor Track aggregates distributor sell-through data to enable sharp insight into channel sales and pricing trends with the ability to drill down into product subcategories, including detailed attributes based on specific areas of interest. To be eligible for a Rising Star award, vendors are required to have sold corresponding products through IT distributors for a minimum of one year with at least 20% year-over-year sales growth for hardware manufacturers and 15% year-over-year sales growth for software publishers. The hardware category includes separate awards for vendors with $20 million to $100 million in annual sales and those with more than $100 million in sales.

Ergotron Receives Rising Star Award

Ergotron received a second place award in the category of hardware vendors with annual revenues between $20 million and $100 million. Actual data captured by NDP for Ergotron showed an impressive 180% growth rate through distribution from July 2005 to June 2006.

“Receiving this award affirms our decision to completely revamp our product line, based on CF™ technology,” explained Joel Hazzard, President and CEO of Ergotron. “Now we have to dial up our execution to the next level, and ensure our channel partners everywhere are attaching Ergotron mounting solutions whenever and wherever they sell computer desktop flat panel monitors, notebooks and large displays.”

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About Ergotron

Founded in 1982 by VESA FDMI standard author and visionary Harry Sweere, Ergotron’s products have been improving the human interface with digital displays for over 20 years. Our history of innovation and passion for differentiation is evidenced in over 35 patents and our growing portfolio of beautifully designed mounting products for computer monitors, notebooks, and large flat panel displays and TVs that are as easy to use as they are to mount.

Constant Force CF™ lift-and-pivot motion technology in wall and desk mount arms, stands, mobile carts, pivots and vertical lifts require less effort to achieve more motion, improving the user’s experience when viewing any digital display for work or entertainment. Ergotron is a global company, with sales efforts headquartered in Saint Paul, Minnesota, Amersfoort, the Netherlands, and Singapore. For more information on Ergotron or our products, please visit Ergotron.com or call Ergotron sales at 800-888-8458 or +1-651-681-7600.

About the Global Technology Distribution Council

The Global Technology Distribution Council (GTDC) is a worldwide industry association dedicated to defining and promoting the role of wholesale distribution in a successful and healthy information technology channel. The Council is comprised of the computer industry’s top wholesale distributors dedicated to serving “the channel,” a network of skilled value-added resellers and retail stores focused on providing hardware, software, and services to businesses and consumers around the globe.

Media contacts:

Adam Benscoter/Paul
Maccabee Maccabee Group PR
612-337-0087

Megan Wagoner
Ergotron, Inc.
651-365-6677

  

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