Thomas & Betts Named Affiliated Distributors' Supplier of the Year, Overall A-D Leadership

MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Oct. 18, 2005 - Thomas & Betts was named Affiliated Distributors' (A-D) Supplier of the Year, Overall A-D Leadership at a ceremony Sept. 13 in Dallas during A-D's annual North American Meeting.

"A-D is honored to recognize our ongoing partnership with T&B by virtue of this award," said Stewart Gale, A-D 's vice president, Marketing and Business Development. "The leadership of the company has remained steadfast to the commitment they made to A-D. Through exclusive programs, timely reviews and constant follow-up and accountability, they have surpassed our expectations and are well-deserving of this award."

"We are excited about the recognition of our efforts that this award represents," said Bob Calhoun, vice president of Distribution Marketing at Thomas & Betts. "Thomas & Betts highly values its partnership with A-D. We all have worked hard to support A-D's efforts. Our partnership with A-D has enabled us to serve our distributors better, and to reach more end-users with the solutions we can offer with our comprehensive product line.

"This award also recognizes the outstanding effort that our team of sales representatives and marketing professionals has made in making our relationship with A-D so successful. Their active participation in various A-D activities, such as sales calls, specifications and marketing activities, has contributed significantly to A-D's ongoing commitment to serving the Affiliates."

A-D is a network of manufacturers and distributors in the electrical, industrial supply, plumbing and pipe, valve and fitting markets. The largest network of its kind in North America, A-D's membership includes more than 350 independent distribution companies. A-D network sales are in excess of $18 billion, reflecting A-D's success in increasing the market share and profitability of its distribution and manufacturing members.

The Supplier of the Year, Overall A-D Leadership Award is one of five conferred in its "Recognition of Excellence" Awards Program, and is one of three in which nominees and winners are selected through a poll of the membership.

Corporate Overview
Thomas & Betts Corporation (NYSE: TNB) is a leading designer and manufacturer of electrical connectors and components used in industrial, commercial, communications and utility markets. The company is also a leading producer of commercial heating units and highly engineered steel structures used, among other things, for utility transmission. Headquartered in Memphis, Tenn., the company has manufacturing, distribution and office facilities worldwide. In 2004, the company reported sales of $1.5 billion.

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