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The company named a winner in the Enterprise Data Management Strategies category by The Data Warehousing Institute
Peachtree City, GA, July 24, 2012Cooper Lighting, an industry leader committed to delivering innovative products and driving transformational technology in the lighting industry, has been named a 2012 Best Practices Awards Winner in the Enterprise Data Management Strategies category by The Data Warehousing Institute (TDWI), the premier provider of in-depth, high-quality education and training in business intelligence (BI) and data warehousing (DW). Cooper Lighting is being honored for its enterprise Master Data Management (MDM) strategy, under which it consolidated and organized product and ordering data for its 23 company brands. The MDM initiative allows customers to have access to the most up-to-date and accurate product information as quickly as possible for use in multiple applications.

Working with solutions sponsors Stibo Systems and ActionTek Incorporated, Cooper utilized Stibo Systems STEP master data management application to successfully organize approximately 2,500 product families, including 1.4 million pieces of textual, numeric, image, ordering, line art and other data. The data directly drives multiple applications including the company’s website and print and electronic editions of Cooper’s Product Selection Guide. When data updates are made in Stibo Systems STEP, they are directly reflected on the website after appropriate quality approvals. In addition, the MDM system facilitates digital product data for accurate specifications in such applications as BIM and supports the configuration of custom products.

“We are honored that the TDWI has recognized us with a Best Practices Award,” said Cooper Lighting President Mark Eubanks. “It is important that our customers have access to the most up-to-date product data as quickly as possible and our new innovative Master Data Management strategy is a key part of making that happen.”

“We congratulate Cooper Lighting on receiving this prestigious award and for achieving such impressive results from its Master Data Management efforts," said Andreas Lorenzen, President of Stibo Systems. "We are pleased that Stibo Systems delivers Cooper Lighting’s diverse stakeholder groups the technical specifications they need to efficiently construct the best lighting projects.”

TDWI's Best Practices Awards program is designed to identify and honor companies that have demonstrated excellence in developing, deploying, and maintaining BI and DW applications. Companies from diverse industries and sponsoring solution providers submitted entries that were judged in a variety of categories. The nominated solutions were evaluated based on business impact, maturity, innovation and relevance.

The Best Practices Awards winners will be honored at the TDWI World Conference in San Diego, which will take place July 29 -August 3, 2012, at the Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego Hotel.

Cooper Lighting has made a significant investment in people, resources and technology to ensure the company provides first-class solutions to its customers’ lighting challenges. The Company offers a range of indoor and outdoor LED lighting products and controls, all of which are specifically designed to maximize energy and cost savings. For additional information on Cooper’s LED product offering, visit www.cooperlighting.com.

About Cooper Lighting
Cooper Lighting, a subsidiary of Cooper Industries plc (NYSE: CBE), is the leading provider of world-class lighting fixtures and controls to commercial, industrial, retail, institutional, residential and utility markets. As lighting technologies have advanced over the years, Cooper Lighting has been at the forefront of the industry in helping businesses and communities leverage the latest technologies to improve efficiency, reduce costs and enrich the quality of the environment. For more information, visit www.cooperlighting.com.

About Cooper Industries
Cooper Industries plc (NYSE: CBE) is a global electrical products manufacturer with 2011 revenues of $5.4 billion. Founded in 1833, Cooper’s sustained success is attributable to a constant focus on innovation and evolving business practices, while maintaining the highest ethical standards and meeting customer needs. The Company has seven operating divisions with leading market positions and world-class products and brands, including Bussmann electrical and electronic fuses; Crouse-Hinds and CEAG explosion-proof electrical equipment; Halo and Metalux lighting fixtures; and Kyle and McGraw-Edison power systems products. With this broad range of products, Cooper is uniquely positioned for several long-term growth trends including the global infrastructure build-out, the need to improve the reliability and productivity of the electric grid, the demand for higher energy-efficient products and the need for improved electrical safety. In 2011 sixty-two percent of total sales were to customers in the industrial and utility end-markets and forty percent of total sales were to customers outside the United States. Cooper has manufacturing facilities in 23 countries as of 2011. For more information, visit the website at www.cooperindustries.com.

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