IDEX Corporation Sends Hurst ´Jaws of Life´ Tools to New York To Aid Rescue Efforts

14.09.2001

NORTHBROOK, Ill., Sept. 13 /PRNewswire/ -- IDEX Corporation (NYSE: IEX) today announced it is aiding in the search for victims of the World Trade Center collapse by sending Hurst Jaws of Life(C) rescue tools, manufactured by its Hale Products, Inc. subsidiary, to New York City.

On Wednesday, a convoy of two double tractor trailers containing 55 skids

of Hurst Jaws of Life rescue tools and two Hurst training vehicles were

escorted by Pennsylvania then New Jersey state police on their way to New York

City. Once there, New York State police escorted the vehicles to a staging

area at Randall's Island. Firematic, the local Hurst distributor, has set up

a station to distribute the tools to firefighting and rescue personnel. Hurst

Jaws of Life is the standard for rescue tools in New York City.

"We are deeply saddened by the loss of life in this incident -- but in

particular the firefighting and rescue personnel, some of whom have been

friends for years," said Don Heffner, Hale's Northeast regional manager, who

is on-site helping Firematic with tool distribution. "This is an unthinkable

loss for the people of New York and for the whole country. We are glad to do

what we can to help."

About Hale Products

Hale Products is the world's leading provider of emergency services

equipment in applications such as defense, rescue, firefighting, and industry.

Headquartered in suburban Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and Ocala, Florida, Hale

manufactures and distributes a complete line of truck-mounted and portable

fire pumps, electronic controls, gauges, electronic governors, ventilation

systems, foam proportioning systems, and rescue equipment. Hale's trademarks

include Jaws of Life(C), Hale(C) Pumps, Hurst(C), Godiva Pumps, Class 1(C),

LUKAS(C), and FoamMaster.

About IDEX Corporation

IDEX Corporation is a manufacturer of proprietary pump and metering

products, dispensing equipment, and other engineered products with leading

positions in niche markets. Its products are sold to a wide range of

industries throughout the world. IDEX shares are traded on the New York Stock

Exchange and Chicago Stock Exchange under the symbol IEX.

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