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Charles Industries' Industrial Group Hires Benchmark Power Solutions as Manufacturer Representatives

Experienced Firm to Cover North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia

ROLLING MEADOWS, IL -- (Marketwire) -- 01/03/13 -- Charles Industries, Ltd. today announced the appointment of Benchmark Power Solutions as manufacturer representative for Charles Industrial Group's line of rugged and dependable AC and DC electrical products and battery charging solutions in the states of North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia.

"We are pleased to announce the addition of Benchmark Power Solutions to provide increased customer contact and service for our existing customers, while developing new customers as well. Their customer-focused reputation and technical expertise in the Power Generation Industry, along with the products they already represent, are a true complement to the Charles line of industrial battery chargers," stated David Wyrick, Director of Charles Marine and Industrial Group. "I would also like to thank Bruce Hackett and The Gartner Group for their past support in this territory, and look forward to their focus on the Charles Marine business now that the Benchmark team is aboard to support and serve our Industrial customers."

Founded in 2003, Benchmark Power Solutions is a manufacturers' representative and distributor for a variety of products related to the power generation and power quality markets. Benchmark will immediately begin promotion and sales of Charles' complete line of ferroresonant and electronic battery chargers, power inverters, and custom electrical transformers to its clientele. "We're excited to add the established and trusted line of Charles Chargers to our portfolio and feel our 35+ years experience in the power industry will prove beneficial for our customers and companies alike," remarked Dave Acreman, president of Benchmark Power Solutions. In addition to Acreman, Benchmark representatives include industry veterans Lonnie Slider and John Dean. More information on Benchmark Power Solutions can be found on the company's website at http://www.benchmarkpower.net.

About Charles Industries, Ltd.
2013 marks Charles Industries' 45th year as a privately held, diversified manufacturing and technology company serving telecommunications, wireless, broadband, utilities, marine and industrial markets. Founded in 1968, the company is ISO 9001:2008 and TL 9000 registered and headquartered in Rolling Meadows, Illinois, with four additional U.S.-based manufacturing centers.

Charles Marine & Industrial Group is a provider of high quality, innovative AC and DC electrical products, including battery chargers, inverters, isolation and boosting transformers, ship-to-shore cable products, onboard communications systems and industrial transformers. For further information, please visit www.charlesindustries.com or call (847) 806-6300.

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