Lufkin Pro Series Fiberglass Long Tape Offers Ultimate in Versatility

New interchangeable end attachments allow tapes to handle multiple applications

Apex, N. C. – November 7, 2008 – Cooper Tools today announced the introduction of its Lufkin® Pro Series Fiberglass Long Tape. The new tape includes three unique quick-connect end attachments for added versatility, allowing users to make measurements in many different situations.

Lufkin developers learned that users purchased several different tapes to handle different applications. Many users found it difficult to make site measurements without a helper to hold the other end of the tape. Based on this research, the Lufkin team created the most versatile long tape available on the market.

The standard end hook is perfect for general measuring, and can also be closed to take inside measurements; the longer, rubber-coated appraiser’s hook provides extra grip on hard or smooth shapes; and the ring attachment hooks onto the included 8 ½-inch anodized aluminum stake for easy one-person long-distance measuring. All three end attachments store conveniently in the handle, and the stake stores securely on-board the back of the tape.

The standard end hook attachment provides the most accurate measurement on squared off and medium-hard starting points. When the folding hook attachment is open, sharp gripping teeth secure the tape to wood and other soft surfaces. While in its closed position, it is able to accurately measure inside dimensions.

The soft, rubber-coated appraiser’s hook holds the tape steady in situations where the starting point is tougher to grip. This attachment is ideal for hard and smooth surfaces, like gutter downspouts.

The innovative ring attachment is perfect for working alone. Users simply place the 8 ½-inch anodized aluminum stake in the ground and attach the ring for easy one-person, long-distance measuring.

“Traditionally, long tapes have been designed for one specific task, without much thought given to creating a design that adapts to different types of jobs,” said Randi Ligon, Product Manager.  “With the Lufkin Pro Series, we’ve created a completely new type of product. The response we’ve received so far has been overwhelmingly positive and enthusiastic.”

The Lufkin® Pro Series Fiberglass Long Tape is available in 100, 200, and 300-foot lengths. Each tape comes with a soft, sure-grip handle for extra comfort and control, and a 3:1 gear ratio winder that retrieves the blade faster to save time. Shock-absorbing cushion inserts provide extra protection for the frame, and a rotating mouthpiece reduces blade stress for longer life and helps maintain blade alignment.

About Cooper Tools
With administrative offices in Apex, North Carolina and Lexington, South Carolina, Cooper Tools serves a multitude of global markets, including automotive, aerospace, consumer, electronic, energy, MRO, and utilities. Through the proper application of its many well-known brands of specialized industrial power tools, hand tools, chain, and electronic soldering products, Cooper Tools provides meaningful productivity gains to its customers worldwide. Cooper Tools operates 51 manufacturing and sales/service facilities, located in the Americas, Europe, and the Asia Pacific region, and has over 5,500 employees. It is a division of Cooper Industries, LLC. For more information, visit

About Cooper Industries
Cooper Industries, Ltd. (NYSE: CBE) is a global manufacturer with 2007 revenues of $5.9 billion, approximately 87% of which are from electrical products. Founded in 1833, Cooper’s sustained level of success is attributable to a constant focus on innovation, evolving business practices while maintaining the highest ethical standards, and meeting customer needs. The Company has eight operating divisions with leading market share 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.  Sixty percent of total sales are to customers in the Industrial and Utility end-markets and 34% of total sales are currently to customers outside the United States. Cooper, which has more than 31,500 employees and manufacturing facilities in 23 countries, is incorporated in Bermuda with administrative headquarters in Houston, TX.  For more information, visit the website at