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I would now like to turn the conference call over to John Engel.
John EngelThank you, Dan, and good morning everyone. Our fourth quarter results are strong and close out an excellent year. Organic sales net of acquisitions and foreign exchange grew 15% in the fourth quarter marking the sixth consecutive quarter of double-digit organic sales growth. Notably organic sales to customers in each of our industrial, construction, utility and CIG end markets grew double digits versus prior year. Construction sales in the United States were also up double-digits and grew 16% despite continuing weak construct end market. Sales of our communication products grew approximately 8% quarter versus prior year. For the full year, we delivered record sales of over $6.1 billion, which were up 21% driven by organic sales growth of 14% plus contributions from our telecom, TVC, RECO and Brews acquisition. In addition, we delivered double digit organic sales growth results for the full year in each of our three largest end markets: industrial, construction and utility. Our first quarter 2012 is off to a solid start with double digit organic sales growth continuing in January. Consistent execution of our sales growth and margin improvement initiatives have translated in a strong financial results. For 2011, operating margins were 5.4% and EPS was $3.96, up 120 basis points and 58% respectively versus prior year.