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H.M. Cragg Co.

H.M. Cragg Co., Leading Master Distributer of Backup Power UPS Solutions, Appoints Chief Operating Officer

H.M. Cragg Co. adds new COO position to oversee the service department and warehouse operation

Minneapolis, MN, April 18, 2008 --(PR.com)-- www.hmcdistributor.com – H.M. Cragg Co., the leading provider of Eaton Powerware UPS Solutions, today announces Jim Smiley as its Chief Operating Officer.

In this newly created position Smiley will oversee the service department and warehouse operations team. In addition, Smiley will provide guidance to the other departments within H.M. Cragg Co. and identify ways to enhance value to current customers as well as create additional value-added business opportunities.

Jim spent the majority of his 30-year career in the telecommunications industry at several Bell companies, AT&T and U S WEST. He rose through the ranks and held an officer position for eleven years. After leaving the telecom industry, Jim founded a consulting company where he focused on business assessment – figuring out what businesses were doing right and wrong. Then, focused on developing and executing plans to improve overall company performance. Among the entities he has worked with are:

- A trade and economic development entity working with the State of Minnesota (Advantage Minnesota)
- The Associated Colleges of the Twin Cities - consortium of the five private colleges in St. Paul (Hamline, Macalester, Augsburg, St. Catherine, and St. Thomas)
- Packaging Incorporated – distributor of nailing, stapling, and packaging materials
- Steele Fitness – mobile fitness business

In addition, Jim has also served on many for-profit and non-profit boards, both in the Twin Cities and other cities of past residence. He has been a board member of H.M. Cragg since July 2007.

“Jim brings proven success in leadership and many years of experience prior to joining H.M. Cragg in this new position. He has a history of identifying and improving operational efficiencies and new opportunities,” said Paul Heggestad, President of H.M. Cragg Co. “We are extremely proud to have such a valuable addition to our team.”

About H.M. Cragg Co.
H.M. Cragg Co. is a premier MN-based provider of quality power solutions including Eaton Powerware and Uninterruptible Power Systems (UPS). Products include Eaton Powerware UPS and UPS batteries, Anderson Connectors, C & D Technologies, Inc. batteries, Rittal Cabinets, Myers Emergency Lighting, and ONEAC UPS and line conditioners. More information about the company can be found at www.hmcdistributor.com.

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