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For Immediate Release October 15, 2007

Contact: Kathy Brysse

mediaeurope@gates.com

Mayor of Aalst visits European Headquarters

On Friday October 05 the Gates plant in Erembodegem received the visit of Mrs Uyttersprot, the recently elected Mayor of Aalst. The purpose of Mayor’s visit was to meet the companies operating in the Aalst area and to learn how they experience the services of the municipality. The Mayor wished to be informed on the key issues, that they can assist on to help develop and sustain the companies strategic plans. For this purpose she was accompanied by the alderman for Economic Affairs, Mr Stockman and the Head of the Economic Department, Mr Says.
 
Mrs Uyttersprot received an introduction on the Tomkins organisation from Tom McKay, President of Gates Fluid Power Europe. This introduction was followed by a presentation by the Fluid Power HR department to inform on the employment of the Erembodegem plant and offices. After this, a visit to the plant and the warehouse was scheduled where the Mayor received a presentation on the manufacturing operation and met associates within the operation.
 
The Mayor showed a lot of interest in the production process and informed that she will continue to take the interests of the companies in her region at heart since they are the ones that bring employment and economic growth to the town.