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Tripp Lite Named a 2008 Best Channel Vendor by Business Solutions Magazine VAR Subscribers

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Chicago, IL (January 2, 2009)—Tripp Lite, a world-leading manufacturer of power protection equipment, is proud to announce that it has been selected as a 2008 Best Channel Vendor in the General Computing category by Business Solutions magazine (BSM).
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The 2008 Best Channel Vendor award winners were chosen via a Web-based survey of BSM VAR subscribers. A total of 17,771 votes were cast by 1,064 unique resellers, making this one of the largest and most detailed surveys of its kind. The participating resellers represent an estimated $10.5 billion in annual sales—an average of $6.6 million per reseller. Channel vendors were rated in seven areas: Service/Support, Channel Friendly, Channel Program, Product Reliability, Product Features, Product Innovation and Adequate VAR Margins.

“Tripp Lite has attained elite status as a Business Solutions magazine Best Channel Vendor,? said Jim Roddy, President of Jameson Publishing, the parent company of BSM. “The General Computing category was very competitive but Tripp Lite rated very well—especially in Product Reliability and Product Features. Clearly, this company has many satisfied resellers.?

“We’re proud to receive this mark of recognition from Business Solutions’ VAR subscribers,? said Bob Nahorski, Tripp Lite Vice President of U.S. Channel Sales. “Our company’s commitment to the VAR channel has remained strong and steadfast over the years. Our singular objective is to provide the products, programs and services our channel partners need to maximize their sales and margin opportunities in a very competitive market. This award, based on the votes of VARs themselves, shows that our proactive approach to channel partnership is paying off.?

About Business Solutions Magazine
With more than 43,000 subscribers, Business Solutions magazine provides IT channel companies (VARs, integrators and solution providers) with the information and insights they need to grow their businesses by teaching them how to sell new IT products and services, penetrate thriving vertical markets and integrate complementary technologies. Business Solutions delivers its insight through channel success stories and advice from industry analysts, vendors and expert technology editors. BSM’s subscribers represent such key markets as banking/finance, government, healthcare, insurance, manufacturing, retail, transportation and more.

About Tripp Lite
Outstanding product reliability and exceptional service have been Tripp Lite trademarks for more than 85 years. Tripp Lite’s innovations include the world’s first UPS system designed specifically for personal computers, and the world’s most trusted premium surge suppressor—the Isobar®—with more than 16 million in use. Tripp Lite maintains the highest level of ready-to-ship inventory in the industry with more than 1,000 different products, including UPS systems, rack systems, PDUs, PowerAlert software for enterprise-level system management and control, surge suppressors, KVM switches, cables and connectivity products, inverters, power strips, notebook accessories and more. Headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, Tripp Lite maintains a global presence with fully staffed offices worldwide. Additional information, including a list of Tripp Lite’s sales offices and authorized reseller partners, can be found by visiting Tripp Lite’s website: www.tripplite.com.

Media Information
Gloria Wong – Media / Public Relations Manager
773.869.1229 / fax 773.869.1935
gloria_wong@tripplite.com

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