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OPTIMA Batteries Congratulates 2012 Bassmaster Classic Winner, Chris Lane

OPTIMA-Sponsored Professional Anglers Earn Five of the Classic's Top Ten Spots

March 9, 2012 (MILWAUKEE) - OPTIMA® Batteries congratulates OPTIMA-sponsored angler, Chris Lane for his first place 2012 Bassmaster Classic victory. After three days Lane's catch tipped the scale at 51 pounds, 6 ounces to claim the 2012 crown and the $500,000 first-place prize. This is Lane's first Classic win and second Bassmaster tournament title of the season.

Additionally, OPTIMA is proud of its other anglers who produced a strong showing at the Classic making up five of the top ten spots, and taking home a combined total of more than $600,000. OPTIMA congratulates the following OPTIMA-sponsored 2012 Bassmaster Classic winners:

  • Chris Lane, first place (51-6)
  • Greg Vinson, second place (47-15)
  • Timmy Horton, sixth place (44-13)
  • Edwin Evers, eighth place (43-8)
  • Bill Lowen, tenth place (40-15)
"Everyone at OPTIMA Batteries couldn't be more proud of Chris, Greg, Timmy, Edwin and Bill. The Bassmaster Classic is one of the biggest events of the season, and OPTIMA is honored to help power these guys to the winner's circle," said Cam Douglass, OPTIMA Batteries director of product development and marketing. "Hopefully this will help show other anglers why OPTIMA BlueTop® batteries provide the Ultimate Power Source™."

Those interested in continuing to follow Chris Lane and the rest of Team OPTIMA are encouraged to follow along on the OPTIMA Facebook page where video and other content will be uploaded during many major bass fishing events.

To learn more about OPTIMA Batteries including information on new products and battery technology, please visit www.optimabatteries.com. You can also visit OPTIMA on-the-go using your iPhone, Android or Blackberry device for helpful tips on charging, battery care and maintenance and product information on its mobile-optimized website.

About OPTIMA® Batteries
OPTIMA® YellowTop®, RedTop® and BlueTop® batteries are available through leading battery distributors globally. When looking for OPTIMA Batteries consumers should look for the unique, colored-top and SIXPACK™ design which OPTIMA is known throughout the world. In 2012, OPTIMA added to its product line with the innovative OPTIMA® Chargers Digital 1200 Battery Charger for all automotive and marine batteries. To find out more information or purchase OPTIMA products consumers may visit www.optimabatteries.com. Consumers can also call 1-888-8OPTIMA (1-888-867-8462) for additional information.

OPTIMA Batteries are manufactured by Johnson Controls, Inc. Johnson Controls (NYSE: JCI - News) is the global leader that brings ingenuity to the places where people live, work and travel. By integrating technologies, products and services, we create smart environments that redefine the relationships between people and their surroundings. Our team of more than 150,000 employees creates a more comfortable, safe and sustainable world through our products and services for more than 200 million vehicles, 12 million homes and one million commercial buildings. Our commitment to sustainability drives our environmental stewardship, good corporate citizenship in our workplaces and communities, and the products and services we provide to customers. For additional information, please visit http://www.johnsoncontrols.com.


Optima Batteries/Olson
549 West Randolph Suite
Chicago, IL 60661


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