Ashcroft Inc. CEO Appointed Operating Officer at Nagano Keiki Co., Ltd., Japan

Stratford, CT (August 29, 2007) - John T. McKenna, CEO, Ashcroft Inc.(Ashcroft), was appointed Operating Officer of Ashcroft's parent company, Nagano Keiki Co., Ltd. (Nagano), at the June 28 Board of Director's meeting in Tokyo. In addition to his role as CEO of Ashcroft Inc., McKenna will play a key role in the management of Nagano.

Mr. Shigeru Miyashita, Nagano President & Chairman of the Board commented, "the acquisition of Ashcroft by Nagano is a significant transaction that will enable Nagano to grow market share outside of Japan. The combination of Ashcroft and Nagano resources will enable us to provide enhanced products and services to customers worldwide, and Mr. McKenna's appointment as an Operating Officer is critical to our strategy moving forward."

Nagano acquired all assets of Ashcroft in May, 2006.

About Nagano Keiki Co., Ltd.

Nagano Keiki Co., Ltd. is a leading manufacturer of pressure gauges, transmitters, and temperature gauges primarily used in automobiles. The company also makes equipment for the semiconductor industry, such as pressure regulators, transducers, digital pressure gauges and power supplies. Listed on the Tokyo Stock Exchange, the company is headquartered in Tokyo, Japan.

About Ashcroft Inc.

Ashcroft Inc. manufactures gauges, thermometers, switches, transducers, transmitters, calibration equipment and isolators for pressure and temperature measurement, monitoring and control. Product brands include Ashcroft®, Heise®, Willy(TM) and Weksler®. As a global provider, Ashcroft Inc. maintains a network of manufacturing facilities, sales offices and distributors worldwide. Headquartered in Stratford, CT, it also has operations in Brazil, Germany, Mexico and Singapore and joint ventures in Saudi Arabia and Venezuela. The company's website can be accessed at:

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