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UANI Calls on Ingersoll Rand to End Its Business in Iran

March 3, 2010

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 3, 2010
Contact: Kimmie Lipscomb, press@uani.com
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UANI Calls on Ingersoll Rand to End Its Business in Iran
 

New York, NY – United Against Nuclear Iran (UANI) today called on Ingersoll Rand to disclose its business dealings in Iran and to sever all business ties in Iran.  

Ingersoll Rand conducts business with Iran through its non-U.S. subsidiaries, and is a leading manufacturer of air compressors, which are widely used in industrial plants, including nuclear reactors and in the oil and gas industry.  Ingersoll Rand certifies the distribution of its products in Iran through Havacaran, an Iranian company.  The National Iranian Drilling Company (NIDC), a subsidiary of the state-owned National Iranian Oil Company (NIOC), states on its website that it uses Ingersoll Rand compression systems and air hoists.  SATCO (Sameh Afzar Tajak Co.) is a private commercial company in Iran.  SATCO identifies Ingersoll Rand as one of seven “Principals” affiliated with SATCO for the sale of industrial tools.  The nature of these operations brings into question whether the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps is using Ingersoll Rand equipment.

Given the extensive use of Ingersoll Rand equipment in Iran, UANI calls on Ingersoll Rand to clarify the use of its equipment in Iran and to answer the following questions:

·    What steps does Ingersoll Rand take within Iran’s closed society to ensure that its equipment can, in no way, be used to support Iran’s illegal nuclear program?  

·    Given Iran’s sponsorship of terrorism, its pursuit of illegal nuclear weapons and its gross human rights violations, why would Ingersoll Rand sell its machinery into Iran, even for benign purposes?  

·    Do Ingersoll Rand’s vows of corporate responsibility not apply to sponsors of terrorism?  

·    Does the convenience of an Ingersoll Rand foreign subsidiary making the sales into Iran somehow allow you a clean conscience to accept the profits of such sales?

UANI questions the legality of Ingersoll Rand’s failure to fully disclose the extent of its business dealings in Iran.  Such failures deprive investors of the transparency and accountability to which they are entitled.  UANI, therefore, has called on Ingersoll Rand to disclose the full nature and extent of its activities in and the inherent risks of doing business in Iran.  In a letter to Michael W. Lamach, the CEO of Ingersoll Rand, UANI President, Ambassador Mark D. Wallace, wrote:

UANI calls on Ingersoll Rand to cease doing business in Iran.
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We write also to call your attention to a very serious issue involving deficiencies in your company’s public filings, specifically, your company’s ongoing failure to disclose any of Ingersoll Rand’s activities in, and risks of doing business with, Iran.

In the event Ingersoll Rand continues its business operations in Iran and fails to adequately disclose the risks of such business, UANI will pursue appropriate legal action against Ingersoll Rand, will call on the New York Stock Exchange to delist Ingersoll Rand and will assist the many Ingersoll Rand shareholders who oppose Ingersoll Rand’s activities in Iran.

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Ingersoll Rand’s business in Iran must stop and UANI’s activists are prepared to take appropriate and legal steps to ostracize Ingersoll Rand for its irresponsible actions related to its machinery sales in Iran.  

Click here to read the full text of the letter to Ingersoll Rand.

Click here to call on Ingersoll Rand to end its dealings in Iran.

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The prospect of a nuclear-armed Iran should concern every American and be unacceptable to the community of nations. Since 1979 the Iranian regime, most recently under President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s leadership, has demonstrated increasingly threatening behavior and rhetoric toward the US and the West. Iran continues to defy the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and the United Nations in their attempts to monitor its nuclear activities. A number of Arab states have warned that Iran’s development of nuclear weapons poses a threat to Middle East stability and could provoke a regional nuclear arms race. In short, the prospect of a nuclear armed Iran is a danger to world peace.

United Against Nuclear Iran (UANI) is a non-partisan, broad-based coalition that is united in a commitment to prevent Iran from fulfilling its ambition to become a regional super-power possessing nuclear weapons.  UANI is an issue-based coalition in which each coalition member will have its own interests as well as the collective goal of advancing an Iran free of nuclear weapons.

The Objectives of United Against a Nuclear Iran

  1. Inform the public about the nature of the Iranian regime, including its desire and intent to possess nuclear weapons, as well as Iran’s role as a state sponsor of global terrorism, and a major violator of human rights at home and abroad;
  2. Heighten awareness nationally and internationally about the danger that a nuclear armed Iran poses to the region and the world;
  3. Mobilize public support, utilize media outreach, and persuade our elected leaders to voice a robust and united American opposition to a nuclear Iran;
  4. Lay the groundwork for effective US policies in coordination with European and other allies;
  5. Persuade the regime in Tehran to desist from its quest for nuclear weapons, while striving not to punish the Iranian people, and;
  6. Promote efforts that focus on vigorous national and international, social, economic, political and diplomatic measures.

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