This excerpt taken from the GGG DEF 14A filed Mar 10, 2005.
Your proxy, represented by the accompanying Proxy Card, is solicited by the Board of Directors of Graco Inc. (Graco or the Company) in connection with the Annual Meeting of Shareholders of the Company to be held on April 22, 2005 (the Meeting) and any adjournments of that meeting.
The costs of the solicitation, including the cost of preparing and mailing the Notice of Meeting and this Proxy Statement, will be paid by the Company. Solicitation will be primarily by mailing this Proxy Statement to all shareholders entitled to vote at the meeting. Proxies may be solicited by officers of the Company personally, but at no compensation in addition to their regular compensation as officers. The Company may reimburse brokers, banks and others holding shares in their names for third parties, for the cost of forwarding proxy material to, and obtaining proxies from, third parties. The Proxy Statement and accompanying Proxy Card will be mailed to shareholders on or about March 11, 2005.
Proxies may be revoked at any time prior to being voted by giving written notice of revocation to the Secretary of the Company. All properly executed proxies received by management will be voted in the manner set forth in this Proxy Statement or as otherwise specified by the shareholder giving the proxy.
Shares voted as abstentions on any matter (or a withhold vote for as to directors) will be counted as shares that are present and entitled to vote for purposes of determining the presence of a quorum at the Meeting, and as unvoted (although present and entitled to vote) for purposes of determining the approval of each matter as to which the shareholder has abstained. If a broker submits a proxy which indicates that the broker does not have discretionary authority as to certain shares to vote on one or more matters, those shares will be counted as shares that are present and entitled to vote for purposes of determining the presence of a quorum at the Meeting, but will not be considered as present and entitled to vote with respect to such matters.
Only shareholders of record as of the close of business on February 22, 2005 may vote at the Meeting or at any adjournment. As of that date, there were issued and outstanding 69,032,904 common shares of the Company, the only class of securities entitled to vote at the Meeting. Each share registered to a shareholder of record is entitled to one vote. Cumulative voting is not permitted.