DAVIDSON, NC - Ingersoll Rand, a global provider of compressed air technology, has received the 2009 Frost & Sullivan U.S. Automotive Technician's Choice Award for overall best brand of air compressors for the second consecutive year. Among top competitors, the independent survey found that Ingersoll Rand air compressors were preferred as the overall best brand by a margin of two to one.

According to the survey, 38 percent of the U.S. automotive technicians surveyed listed Ingersoll Rand as one of the top three overall best brands in the air compressor category, and 25 percent ranked Ingersoll Rand as No. 1, placing them well above their closest competitors.

The survey was conducted during the months of November and December of 2009 via phone interview with 400 automotive technicians throughout the United States. Survey respondents worked in large and small operations, including both independent and franchise repair shops and dealerships.

"Ingersoll Rand has a strong legacy in compressed air technology, and we are very proud to accept this award," said Kevin Stamets, Ingersoll Rand business manager. "We strive to provide our customers with best-in-class tools and equipment, and being recognized by Frost & Sullivan two years in a row tells us that our hard work is paying off."

Frost & Sullivan Best Practice Awards recognize companies in a variety of regional and global markets for demonstrating outstanding achievement and superior performance in areas such as leadership, technological innovation, customer service, and strategic product development. Customer Research analysts conduct the survey research to identify best practices in the industry. For more information about the Frost & Sullivan Best Practice Awards, visit frost.com.

For more information about Ingersoll Rand, call (800) 866-5457, or visit ingersollrandproducts.com.

About Ingersoll Rand

Ingersoll Rand Industrial Technologies provides products, services and solutions that enhance our customers' energy efficiency, productivity and operations. Our diverse and innovative products range from complete compressed air systems, tools and pumps to material and fluid handling systems and environmentally friendly microturbines. We also enhance productivity through solutions created by Club Car, a global leader in golf and utility vehicles for businesses and individuals.