Minuteman International Director Tyll Necker Dies; Headed Hako-Werke, Company's Largest Shareholder

Apr 03, 2001, 01:00 ET from Minuteman International, Inc.

    ADDISON, Ill., April 3 /PRNewswire/ -- Minuteman International, Inc.
 (Nasdaq:   MMAN), the floor-care equipment manufacturer, today announced the
 sudden death of Dr. h. c. Tyll Necker on March 29, 2001.  Dr. Necker was a
 founding member of the Board of Directors for Minuteman International and
 served the company as a Director since June 1980.
     Dr. Necker was a founder and for the past 20 years has been chief
 executive officer of Hako-Werke International GmbH of Bad Oldesloe, near
 Hamburg, Germany.  Like Minuteman, Hako-Werke is engaged in the manufacture
 and distribution of industrial cleaning equipment.
     Hako-Werke is the beneficial holder of nearly 70 percent of Minuteman's
 outstanding common stock.  Prior to April 1994, Minuteman International, Inc.
 was known as Hako Minuteman, Inc.
     Gregory J. Rau, president and chief executive officer of Minuteman, said,
 "Dr. Necker's warm personality, his many important contributions and his
 insightful advice will always be appreciated by everyone connected with the
 Minuteman family."
     Dr. Necker, 71, was born in Berlin in 1930.  He had been involved with the
 Hako Group for 45 years.  He was often in demand as a guest speaker and
 renowned for his thoughts on cultural, economic and political topics.  He was
 president of the Confederation of German Industry (BDI) during German
 Reunification, a member of the (German) Business Hall of Fame, and one of the
 four vice presidents of the Max Planck Society, the leading association of
 German scientists named for the 1918 Nobel laureate in physics and the father
 of quantum theory.
     "Tyll Necker's expertise and vision will be greatly missed," Rau said,
 "and we will respectfully use his philosophical and economic tenets to guide
 us in the years ahead."
 
     Minuteman International, Inc., headquartered in the Chicago suburb of
 Addison, Illinois, is a full-line manufacturer of Minuteman and PowerBoss
 commercial and industrial vacuums, floor and carpet-care equipment,
 Multi-Clean brand chemical products for cleaning and coating, litter pick-up
 machines, and lawn-sweeping equipment under the Parker Sweeper label.  The
 corporation has dealers in more than 40 countries.  More information can be
 found on the company's Web site at www.minutemanintl.com .
 
     This press release contains forward-looking statements that are made
 pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation
 Reform Act of 1995.  Investors are cautioned that all forward-looking
 statements involve risks and uncertainties.  The Company believes that
 forward-looking statements made by it are based upon reasonable expectations.
 However, no assurances can be given that actual results will not differ
 materially from those contained in such forward-looking statements.
 Additional information concerning these and other factors is contained in the
 Company's Securities and Exchange Commission filings, including its annual
 10-K, Proxy Statement and quarterly 10-Q filings, copies of which are
 available from the Company without charge.
 
 

SOURCE Minuteman International, Inc.
    ADDISON, Ill., April 3 /PRNewswire/ -- Minuteman International, Inc.
 (Nasdaq:   MMAN), the floor-care equipment manufacturer, today announced the
 sudden death of Dr. h. c. Tyll Necker on March 29, 2001.  Dr. Necker was a
 founding member of the Board of Directors for Minuteman International and
 served the company as a Director since June 1980.
     Dr. Necker was a founder and for the past 20 years has been chief
 executive officer of Hako-Werke International GmbH of Bad Oldesloe, near
 Hamburg, Germany.  Like Minuteman, Hako-Werke is engaged in the manufacture
 and distribution of industrial cleaning equipment.
     Hako-Werke is the beneficial holder of nearly 70 percent of Minuteman's
 outstanding common stock.  Prior to April 1994, Minuteman International, Inc.
 was known as Hako Minuteman, Inc.
     Gregory J. Rau, president and chief executive officer of Minuteman, said,
 "Dr. Necker's warm personality, his many important contributions and his
 insightful advice will always be appreciated by everyone connected with the
 Minuteman family."
     Dr. Necker, 71, was born in Berlin in 1930.  He had been involved with the
 Hako Group for 45 years.  He was often in demand as a guest speaker and
 renowned for his thoughts on cultural, economic and political topics.  He was
 president of the Confederation of German Industry (BDI) during German
 Reunification, a member of the (German) Business Hall of Fame, and one of the
 four vice presidents of the Max Planck Society, the leading association of
 German scientists named for the 1918 Nobel laureate in physics and the father
 of quantum theory.
     "Tyll Necker's expertise and vision will be greatly missed," Rau said,
 "and we will respectfully use his philosophical and economic tenets to guide
 us in the years ahead."
 
     Minuteman International, Inc., headquartered in the Chicago suburb of
 Addison, Illinois, is a full-line manufacturer of Minuteman and PowerBoss
 commercial and industrial vacuums, floor and carpet-care equipment,
 Multi-Clean brand chemical products for cleaning and coating, litter pick-up
 machines, and lawn-sweeping equipment under the Parker Sweeper label.  The
 corporation has dealers in more than 40 countries.  More information can be
 found on the company's Web site at www.minutemanintl.com .
 
     This press release contains forward-looking statements that are made
 pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation
 Reform Act of 1995.  Investors are cautioned that all forward-looking
 statements involve risks and uncertainties.  The Company believes that
 forward-looking statements made by it are based upon reasonable expectations.
 However, no assurances can be given that actual results will not differ
 materially from those contained in such forward-looking statements.
 Additional information concerning these and other factors is contained in the
 Company's Securities and Exchange Commission filings, including its annual
 10-K, Proxy Statement and quarterly 10-Q filings, copies of which are
 available from the Company without charge.
 
 SOURCE  Minuteman International, Inc.