CRANE CO. 100 FIRST STAMFORD PLACE STAMFORD, CONNECTICUT 06902 NOTICE OF ANNUAL MEETING OF SHAREHOLDERS APRIL 24, 2006 March 10, 2006 To the Shareholders of Crane Co.: NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT the Annual Meeting of the Shareholders of Crane Co. will be held in the Elm Meeting Room in The Westin Stamford, One First Stamford Place, Stamford, Connecticut on Monday, April 24, 2006 at 10:00 a.m., Eastern Daylight Time, for the following purposes: 1. To elect four directors to serve for three-year terms until the Annual Meeting of Shareholders in 2009, and one director to serve for a two-year term until the Annual Meeting in 2008; 2. To consider and act upon a proposal to approve the selection of Deloitte & Touche LLP as independent auditors for the Company for 2006; 3. To consider and act upon a proposal submitted by a shareholder concerning adoption of the MacBride Principles in reference to the Company's operations in Northern Ireland; and 4. To transact such other business as may properly come before the meeting in connection with the foregoing or otherwise. The Board of Directors has ï¬쳌xed the close of business on February 28, 2006 as the record date for the purpose of determining shareholders entitled to notice of and to vote at the meeting or any adjournment. A complete list of such shareholders will be open to the examination of any shareholder during regular business hours for a period of ten days prior to the meeting at the ofï¬쳌ces of the Company at 100 First Stamford Place, Stamford, Connecticut. In order to assure a quorum, it is important that shareholders who do not expect to attend the meeting in person ï¬쳌ll in, sign, date and return the enclosed proxy in the accompanying envelope, or use the Internet address or the toll-free telephone number set forth on the enclosed proxy card. By Order of the Board of Directors, AUGUSTUS I. DUPONT Secretary IF YOU EXPECT TO ATTEND THE MEETING IN PERSON, PLEASE WRITE FOR YOUR CARD OF ADMISSION TO THE CORPORATE SECRETARY, CRANE CO., 100 FIRST STAMFORD PLACE, STAMFORD, CONNECTICUT 06902.
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