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The Carideo Group Inc.
1250 One Financial Plaza
120 South Sixth Street
Minneapolis, Minnesota 55415
Donaldson Company, Inc.
P.O. Box 1299
Minneapolis, Minnesota 55440
Jan W. Drymon
(612) 317-2881
Mary Callahan
(952) 887-3034



MINNEAPOLIS, MN –November 9, 2009 – Donaldson Company (NYSE:DCI), a leading, worldwide manufacturer of filtration systems and parts, is pleased to announce the appointment of Todd Smith as General Manager and Mike Trevino as Director of Sales for Western Filter. Western Filter was acquired by Donaldson Company in 2008 and is a part of the Donaldson Aerospace and Defense Group.

Todd Smith joined Donaldson in 1997. He most recently served as Director of Compressed Air and Process Filtration. In that position, he spearheaded unprecedented growth of the original equipment business - more than doubling sales - and implemented key operational changes.

"Todd's solid understanding of Donaldson's products, coupled with his unparalleled customer focus and proven leadership are the perfect formula to continue to accelerate the growth and transformation at Western Filter," said Sheila Peyraud, General Manager of Aerospace and Defense at Donaldson Company. "I am confident that he will bring this same energy and leadership to our aerospace and defense business."

"I am thrilled at the opportunity to lead Donaldson's Western Filter location," said Todd Smith. "Past leadership has guided this organization on a path of strategic growth and integration within Donaldson. I look forward to working with the company's leadership team to strengthen our position as the leader in air and liquid filtration solutions."

He holds a bachelor of arts degree from the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks, ND and a masters degree in marketing and advertising from Emerson College in Boston, MA.

Michael Trevino joins Donaldson with an extensive career in the aerospace and defense industry. Most recently, he was the Director of Business Development with HR Textron. He was responsible for the overall growth and profitability of the aircraft systems business line. His various leadership roles include overseas assignments in the Netherlands and Singapore.

"Mike's experience within the aerospace and defense industry and global sales experience will be a key asset as we leverage Donaldson's international partnerships to grow our liquid filtration business," said Todd Smith.

Mike Trevino is a graduate of Stanford University in Palo Alto, California and holds a MBA from the University of Bradford in the United Kingdom.

For more information, visit the Donaldson Aerospace and Defense website at or contact the company at 952-887-3435.

About Donaldson's Aerospace & Defense Group

Donaldson's Aerospace and Defense Group is a leading worldwide provider of filtration systems for the aerospace and defense industry. Our filtration solutions protect fixed wing aircraft, rotorcraft, military ground vehicles, electronic equipment, space vehicles, missiles, military shipboard systems and amphibious vehicles. We are committed to advancing filtration technology, providing quality products and prompt customer service. Our group serves customers from sales, engineering and manufacturing locations around the world.

About Donaldson Company

Donaldson is a leading worldwide provider of filtration systems that improve people's lives, enhance our Customers' equipment performance, and protect our environment. We are a technology-driven company committed to satisfying our Customers' needs for filtration solutions through innovative research and development, application expertise, and global presence. Our employees contribute to the Company's success by supporting our Customers at our more than 100 sales, manufacturing, and distribution locations around the world.

Donaldson is a member of the S&P MidCap 400 and Russell 1000 indices, and our shares trade on the NYSE under the symbol DCI. Additional information is available at


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