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Title: GRACO DEFERRED COMPENSATION PLAN
Governing Law: Minnesota     Date: 4/4/2005
Industry: Misc. Capital Goods     Sector: Capital Goods

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Exhibit 4.1

GRACO
DEFERRED COMPENSATION PLAN
(2005 Statement)

GRACO
DEFERRED COMPENSATION PLAN
(2005 Statement)

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Page

SECTION 1.

INTRODUCTION AND DEFINITIONS

1

 

 

 

 

1.1.

Preamble

 

 

1.2.

Definitions

 

 

 

1.2.1.

Account

 

 

 

1.2.2.

Affiliate

 

 

 

1.2.3.

Annual Valuation Date

 

 

 

1.2.4.

Beneficiary

 

 

 

1.2.5.

Board of Directors

 

 

 

1.2.6.

Code

 

 

 

1.2.7.

Committee

 

 

 

1.2.8.

Compensation

 

 

 

1.2.9.

Deferred Compensation Agreement

 

 

 

1.2.10.

Disability

 

 

 

1.2.11.

Effective Date

 

 

 

1.2.12.

Employer

 

 

 

1.2.13.

ERISA

 

 

 

1.2.14.

Graco

 

 

 

1.2.15.

Participant

 

 

 

1.2.16.

Plan

 

 

 

1.2.17.

Plan Statement

 

 

 

1.2.18.

Plan Year

 

 

 

1.2.19.

Separation from Service

 

 

 

1.2.20.

Valuation Date

 

 

 

1.2.21.

Vested

 

 

 

1.2.22.

Vice President of Human Resources

 

 

1.3.

Rules of Interpretation

 

 

 

 

SECTION 2.

ELIGIBILITY TO PARTICIPATION

5

 

 

 

 

2.1.

General Eligibility Rule

 

 

2.2.

Selection for Participation in the Plan

 

 

2.3.

Deferred Compensation Agreement

 

 

 

2.3.1.

Amount of Deferrals

 

 

 

2.3.2.

Initial and Annual Elections

 

 

 

2.3.3.

Effective Date of Elections

 

 

 

2.3.4.

Evergreen Elections

 

 

 

2.3.5.

Ineligible to Defer Compensation

 

 

 

2.3.6.

Separation from Service

 

 

 

 

SECTION 3.

CONTRIBUTIONS AND ALLOCATION THEREOF

7

 

 

 

 

3.1.

Deferred Compensation Agreement Contributions

 

 

 

3.1.1.

Amount

 

 

 

3.1.2.

Allocation

 

 

3.2.

Employer Contributions

 

 

 

 

SECTION 4.

INVESTMENT AND ADJUSTMENT OF ACCOUNTS

8

 

 

 

 

4.1.

Designation of Measuring Investments

 

 

4.2.

Operational Rules for Measuring Investments

 

 

4.3.

Investment Direction of Participants

 

 

 

4.3.1.

Rights of Participants

 

 

 

4.3.2.

Transmission of Investment Directions

 

 

4.4.

Losses Under the Plan

 

 

 

 

SECTION 5.

VESTING

9

 

 

 

SECTION 6.

UNFUNDED PLAN

10

 

 

 

SECTION 7.

DISTRIBUTIONS

11

 

 

 

 

7.1.

Distribution

 

 

 

7.1.1.

Time of Distribution

 

 

 

7.1.2.

Form of Distribution

 

 

 

7.1.3.

Taxation of Distribution

 

 

 

7.1.4.

Death Prior to Full Distribution

 

 

7.2.

Designation of Beneficiaries

 

 

 

7.2.1.

Right to Designate

 

 

 

7.2.2.

Failure of Designation

 

 

 

7.2.3.

Disclaimers by Beneficiaries

 

 

 

7.2.4.

Definitions

 

 

 

7.2.5.

Special Rules

 

 

7.3.

General Distribution Rules

 

 

 

7.3.1.

Distribution in Cash

 

 

 

7.3.2.

Facility of Payment

 

 

 

 

SECTION 8.

SPENDTHRIFT PROVISION

18

 

 

 

SECTION 9.

AMENDMENT AND TERMINATION

19

 

 

 

 

9.1.

Amendment

 

 

9.2.

Discontinuance of Contributions and Termination of Plan

 

 

9.3.

Merger or Spinoff of Plans

 

 

 

9.3.1.

In General

 

 

 

9.3.2.

Beneficiary Designations

 

 

 

 

SECTION 10.

INDEMNIFICATION

20

 

 

 

SECTION 11.

DETERMINATIONS — CLAIM PROCEDURES

21

 

 

 

 

11.1.

Determinations

 

 

11.2.

Claim and Review Procedures

 

 

 

11.2.1.

Initial Claim

 

 

 

11.2.2.

Notice of Initial Adverse Determination

 

 

 

11.2.3.

Request for Review

 

 

 

11.2.4.

Claim on Review

 

 

 

11.2.5.

Notice of Adverse Determination for Claim on Review

 

 

11.3.

Rules and Regulations

 

 

 

11.3.1.

Adoption of Rules

 

 

 

11.3.2.

Specific Rules

 

 

11.4.

Deadline to File Claim

 

 

11.5.

Exhaustion of Administrative Remedies

 

 

11.6.

Deadline to File Legal Action

 

 

11.7.

Knowledge of Fact by Participant Imputed to Beneficiary and Others

 

 

 

 

SECTION 12.

PLAN ADMINISTRATION

26

 

 

 

 

12.1.

Board of Directors

 

 

12.2.

Committee

 

 

12.3.

Vice President of Human Resources

 

 

12.4.

Fiduciary Responsibility — In General

 

 

 

12.4.1.

Limitation on Authority

 

 

 

12.4.2.

Dual Capacity

 

 

12.5.

Administrator

 

 

12.6.

Named Fiduciaries

 

 

12.7.

Service of Process

 

 

12.8.

Rules and Regulations

 

 

12.9.

Method of Executing Instruments

 

 

12.10.

Information Furnished by Participants

 

 

12.11.

Receipt of Documents

 

 

12.12.

Powers of Attorney

 

 

12.13.

Guardians and Conservators

 

 

 

 

SECTION 13.

IN GENERAL

29

 

 

 

 

13.1.

Disclaimers

 

 

 

13.1.1.

Effect on Employment

 

 

 

13.1.2.

Sole Source of Benefits

 

 

13.2.

Applicable Laws

 

 

 

13.2.1.

ERISA Status

 

 

 

13.2.2.

Internal Revenue Code Status

 

 

13.3.

Choice of Law

 

 

 

 

SCHEDULE I-

EMPLOYERS PARTICIPATING

SI-1

 

 

 

SCHEDULE II-

COVERED SALARY GRADE LEVELS AND CLASSIFICATIONS

SII-1

 

 

 

SCHEDULE III-

MEASURING INVESTMENTS

SIII-1

 

 

 

GRACO
PAY DEFERRAL PLAN
(2005 Statement)

SECTION 1

INTRODUCTION AND DEFINITIONS

1.1.      Preamble. Effective May 1, 2005, Graco Inc., a Minnesota corporation, established this nonqualified, unfunded, deferred compensation plan under section 409A of the Internal Revenue Code for the benefit of a select group of management or highly compensated employees of Graco Inc. and related Employers.

1.2.      Definitions. When the following terms are used herein with initial capital letters, they shall have the following meanings:

          1.2.1.     Account — the separate bookkeeping account established for each Participant which represents the separate unfunded and unsecured general obligation of the Employers established with respect to each individual who is a Participant in the Plan to track credits and the investment return on those credits.

          1.2.2.      Affiliate — a business entity which is not an Employer but which is part of a “controlled group” with the Employer or under “common control” with the Employer or which is a member of an “affiliated service group” that includes an Employer, as those terms are defined in section 414(b), (c) and (m) of the Code. A business entity which is a predecessor to the Employer shall be treated as an Affiliate if the Employer maintains a plan of such predecessor business entity or if, and to the extent that, such treatment is otherwise required by regulations under section 414(a) of the Code. A business entity shall also be treated as an Affiliate if, and to the extent that, such treatment is required by regulations under section 414(o) of the Code. In addition to said required treatment, the Vice President of Human Resources may designate as an Affiliate any business entity which is not such a “controlled group,” “common control,” “affiliated service group” or “predecessor” business entity but which is otherwise affiliated with an Employer, subject to such limitations as the Vice President of Human Resources may impose.

          1.2.3.      Annual Valuation Date — each December 31.

          1.2.4.      Beneficiary — a person designated by a Participant (or automatically by operation of this Plan Statement) to receive all or a part of the Participant’s Account in the event of the Participant’s death prior to full distribution thereof. A person so designated shall not be considered a Beneficiary until the death of the Participant.

          1.2.5.      Board of Directors — the board of directors of Graco or of its successor. “Board of Directors” also shall mean and refer to any properly authorized committee of the directors.

          1.2.6.      Code — the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, including applicable regulations for the specified section of the Code. Any reference in this Plan Statement to a section of the Code, including the applicable regulation, shall be considered also to mean and refer to any subsequent amendment or replacement of that section or regulation.

          1.2.7.      Committee — the Compensation Committee of the Board of Directors.

          1.2.8.      Compensation — a Participant’s Compensation shall consist of the following:

 

(a)

Advance Sales Incentive Awards — the sales incentive awards, if any, paid during the calendar year.



 

(b)

Annual Bonus Awards — the annual bonus amount, if any, determined by the Employer and paid to the employee before March 15th of the following Plan Year.



 

(c)

Base Salary — the standard amount paid to an employee as salary at regular payroll intervals during a Plan Year by the Employer (which shall exclude any Advance Sales Incentive Awards, Year-End Sales Incentive Awards, or Annual Bonus Awards) prior to the employee’s date of Separation from Service.



 

(d)

Year-End Sales Incentive Awards — the sales incentive awards, if any, paid before March 15th of the following Plan Year after all proper adjustments have been made for Advance Sales Incentive Awards paid during the Plan Year.



Items described in (a), (b), (c) or (d). above shall not be considered Compensation until they are earned by the Participant.

         1.2.9.      Deferred Compensation Agreement — the written agreement made by a Participant pursuant to which the Participant agrees to accept a reduction in Compensation and the Employer agrees to credit the amount of such reduction to the Participant’s Account.

         1.2.10.    Disabled or Disability — an impairment which renders a Participant unable to engage in any substantial gainful activity by reason of any medically determinable physical or mental impairment which can be expected to result in death or can be expected to last for a continuous period of not less than twelve (12) months. A Disability must be evidenced by (i) a certification by a doctor of medicine, or (ii) the official written determination that the individual will be eligible for disability benefits under the federal Social Security Act.

         1.2.11.    Effective Date — May 1, 2005.

         1.2.12.    Employer — each of the following employers:

 

(a)

Graco,



 

(b)

Any employer affiliated with Graco that adopts the Plan with the consent of Graco and subject to such limitations (not inconsistent with federal law) as Graco may impose with respect to the extent that service with such employer prior to such adoption will be included in determining an employee’s initial eligibility to enroll as a Participant in the Plan, and



 

(c)

Any successor thereof that adopts the Plan.



The name of each Employer, the effective date of its adoption of the Plan, and a specification of whether an employee’s pre-adoption service with such Employer will be included in determining the Participant’s initial eligibility to enroll as a Participant in the Plan shall be set forth in Schedule I to this Plan Statement.

         1.2.13.    ERISA — the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974, including applicable regulations for the specified section of ERISA. Any reference in this Plan Statement to a section of ERISA, including the applicable regulation, shall be considered also to mean and refer to any subsequent amendment or replacement of that section or regulation.

         1.2.14.     Graco — Graco Inc., a Minnesota corporation, and any successor thereof.

         1.2.15.    Participant — an employee of the Employer who is selected for participation in the Plan. An employee who has become a Participant shall continue as a Participant in the Plan until the date of the Participant’s death or, if earlier, the date upon which the Participant has received a distribution of the Participant’s entire Account under the Plan.

         1.2.16.    Plan — the nonqualified, unfunded, deferred compensation plan of the Employer established for the benefit of employees eligible to participate therein, as first set forth in this Plan Statement. (As used herein, “Plan” refers to the legal entity established by the Employer and not to the documents pursuant to which the Plan is maintained. Those documents are referred to herein as the “Plan Statement.”) The Plan shall be referred to as the “Graco Deferred Compensation Plan.”

         1.2.17.    Plan Statement — this document entitled “Graco Deferred Compensation Plan (2005 Statement),” as the same may be amended from time to time.

         1.2.18.    Plan Year — the twelve (12) consecutive month period ending on any Annual Valuation Date.

         1.2.19.    Separation from Service — a separation from service for the purposes of section 409A of the Code.

         1.2.20.    Valuation Date — any day that the U.S. securities markets are open and conducting business.

         1.2.21.    Vested — nonforfeitable.

         1.2.22.    Vice President of Human Resources — the individual who is the Vice President of Human Resources of Graco or such person as designated by the Chief Executive Officer of Graco.

1.3.     Rules of Interpretation. An individual shall be considered to have attained a given age on the individual’s birthday for that age (and not on the day before). The birthday of any individual born on a February 29 shall be deemed to be February 28 in any year that is not a leap year. Whenever appropriate, words used herein in the singular may be read in the plural, or words used herein in the plural may be read in the singular; the masculine may include the feminine; and the words “hereof,” “herein” or “hereunder” or other similar compounds of the word “here”shall mean and refer to the entire Plan Statement and not to any particular paragraph or section of this Plan Statement unless the context clearly indicates to the contrary. The titles given to the various sections of this Plan Statement are inserted for convenience of reference only and are not part of this Plan Statement, and they shall not be considered in determining the purpose, meaning or intent of any a provision hereof. Any reference in this Plan Statement to a statute or regulation shall be considered also to mean and refer to any subsequent amendment or replacement of that statute or regulation. This Plan Statement has been executed and shall, except to the extent that federal law is controlling, be construed and enforced in accordance with the laws of the State of Minnesota. Notwithstanding any other provision of this Plan Statement or any election or designation made under the Plan, any individual who feloniously and intentionally kills a Participant or Beneficiary shall be deemed for all purposes of the Plan and all elections and designations made under the Plan to have died before such Participant or Beneficiary. For purposes of this section, an individual will be found to have feloniously and intentionally killed a Participant or Beneficiary, only if a final judgment of conviction of felonious and intentional killing of such Participant or Beneficiary has been entered against such individual by the trial court. Notwithstanding anything to the contrary, the Vice President of Human Resources may deny any request for a distribution pending a determination under this section.

SECTION 2

ELIGIBILITY TO PARTICIPATION

2.1.    General Eligibility Rule. An employee of an Employer who satisfies the following three conditions:

 

(a)

is in one of the following classifications:



 

(i)

the Chief Executive Officer, a Vice President or other executive officer of Graco,



 

(ii)

a position, salary schedule, grade or other classification as set forth in Schedule II to this Plan Statement, or



 

(iii)

such other position, salary schedule, grade or other classification as determined by the Vice President of Human Resources and specified by amendment in Schedule II,



 

(b)

is employed by an Employer on or before November 1 of the Plan Year preceding the Plan Year in which the individual would commence to participate in the Plan (if selected for participation), and



 

(c)

is selected for participation (as described in Section 2.2),



shall be eligible to become a Participant. An employee shall become a Participant as of the January 1 next following the acceptance and approval of such individual’s properly completed Deferred Compensation Agreement by the Vice President of Human Resources.

2.2.     Selection for Participation in the Plan . Only employees who are selected for participation in the Plan by the Vice President of Human Resources shall be eligible to become a participant in the Plan. The Vice President of Human Resources shall not select any employee for participation unless the Vice President of Human Resources determines that such employee is a member of a select group of management or highly compensated employees (as that expression is used in ERISA).

2.3.     Deferred Compensation Agreement.

          2.3.1.     Amount of Deferrals . Subject to the following rules and any rules adopted by the Vice President of Human Resources, a Participant by entering into a Deferred Compensation Agreement may make elective contributions through a pay reduction equal to but not less than (i) one percent (1%) nor more than fifty percent (50%) (in whole percentages) of the portion of the Participant’s Base Salary and Advance Sales Incentives, and (ii) one percent (1%) nor more than one hundred percent (100%) (in whole percentages) of the portion of the Participant’s Annual Bonus Awards and Year-End Sales Incentive Awards. The Vice President of Human Resources may, from time to time under rules, change the minimum and maximum allowable elective contributions, although such changes shall not take effect until the following Plan Year. Salary deferrals will begin as soon as administratively practicable following the January 1 on which the Employee becomes a Participant. The Deferred Compensation Agreement shall remain in effect for the remainder of the Plan Year (unless terminated upon a Participant’s death or Separation from Service).

          2.3.2.     Initial and Annual Elections . Employees selected to participate and Participants may enter into a Deferred Compensation Agreement to defer compensation, or increase or decrease the amount of deferred compensation, during the period beginning on November 1 and ending on December 31 of each year for the subsequent Plan Year.

          2.3.3.     Effective Date of Elections . The Participant’s Deferred Compensation Agreement will be effective as of the January 1 following the date of the Participant’s election.

          2.3.4.     Evergreen Elections . The Participant’s Deferred Compensation Agreement shall remain in effect until the Participant timely completes a new Deferred Compensation Agreement during a subsequent period described in Section 2.3.2 (unless terminated as provided in Section 2.3.5 or Section 2.3.6).

          2.3.5.     Ineligible to Defer Compensation . The Deferred Compensation Agreement of a Participant who is determined to be no longer eligible to defer compensation shall terminate as of the last day of the Plan Year in which the Employer makes the determination that the Participant is longer eligible to defer compensation.

          2.3.6.     Separation from Service . The Deferred Compensation Agreement of a Participant shall be terminated automatically as of the date of the Participant’s Separation from Service.

SECTION 3

CONTRIBUTIONS AND ALLOCATION THEREOF

3.1.   Deferred Compensation Agreement Contributions .

        3.1.1.     Amount . The Employer shall cause to be credited to the Account of each Participant the amount, if any, of such Participant’s elective deferrals under the Deferred Compensation Agreement.

        3.1.2.     Allocation . The portion of the contribution made with respect to each Participant shall be allocated to that Participant’s Account for the Plan Year with respect to which it is made and, for the purposes of this section, shall be credited as soon as practicable after it is deducted from the Participant’s Compensation.

3.2.    Employer Contributions . An Employer may, in its sole discretion, make employer discretionary contributions to a Participant’s Account.

SECTION 4

INVESTMENT AND ADJUSTMENT OF ACCOUNTS

4.1.     Designation of Measuring Investments . Measuring investments are specified solely as a device for computing the amount of benefits to be paid by the Employer under the Plan, and the Employer is not required to purchase such investments. The measuring investments are listed in Schedule III to this Plan Statement.

4.2.     Operational Rules for Measuring Investments . The Vice President of Human Resources shall adopt rules specifying the circumstances under which a particular measuring investment may be elected, or shall be automatically utilized, the minimum or maximum amount or percentage of an Account which may be allocated to a measuring investment, the procedures for making or changing measuring investment elections, the extent (if any) to which Beneficiaries of deceased Participants may make measuring investment elections and the effect of a Participant’s or Beneficiary’s failure to make an effective measuring investment election with respect to all or any portion of an Account.

4.3.     Investment Direction of Participants .

          4.3.1.     Rights of Participants . A Participant shall direct the Vice President of Human Resources as to the measuring investments which shall be the standard by which the value of the Participant’s Account shall be measured.

          4.3.2.     Transmission of Investment Directions . Through a voice response system (or other written or electronic means) approved by the Vice President of Human Resources, each Participant shall designate the measuring investments that shall be used to determine the value of such Participant’s Account (until changed as provided herein): (i) one or more measuring investments for the current Account balance, and (ii) one or more measuring investments for amounts that are credited to the Account in the future.

4.4.     Losses Under the Plan . The cash value of the Participant’s Account shall depend on the investment return experience of the Participant’s elected measuring investments. No officer, director or employee of the Employer shall be accountable or liable for any investment losses to a Participant’s Account incurred by virtue of implementing the directions of the Participant with respect to the measuring investments of the Account or due to any reasonable administrative delay in implementing such directions.

SECTION 5

VESTING

A Participant shall be fully vested in the funds credited to the Participant’s Account at all times.

SECTION 6

UNFUNDED PLAN

The obligations to make payments under the Plan constitute only the unsecured (but legally enforceable) promises of the Participant’s Employer and Graco to make such payments. No Participant shall have any lien, prior claim or other security interest in any property of the Employer and Affiliates. The Employer shall have no obligation to establish or maintain any fund, trust or account (other than a bookkeeping account) for the purpose of funding or paying the benefits promised under the Plan. If such a fund, trust or account is established, the property therein that is allocable to the Employer shall remain the sole and exclusive property of the Employer.

SECTION 7

DISTRIBUTIONS

7.1.     Distribution .

          7.1.1.     Time of Distribution .

 

(a)

Election for Distribution as of a Specified Time . The Participant may elect the year in which distribution of the Participant’s Account is to commence. If the Participant elects to commence distribution as of a specified year, distribution shall commence as soon as administratively possible after January 1 of the year elected by the Participant.



 

(b)

Effective Date of Elections . The Participant’s election will be effective as of the January 1 following the date of the Participant’s election and shall apply to contributions to the Participant’s Account made after that date. If the Participant subsequently makes a new election, the new election will be effective as of the January 1 following the date of the Participant’s new election and shall apply to contributions to the Participant’s Account made after that date. Prior contributions to the Participant’s Account shall be subject to the Participant’s election in effect at the time a contribution is made (unless the Participant elects to delay the time of distribution as provided below). The Participant may make an initial election as to the time of distribution for subsequent contributions at the time the Participant is selected to participate in the Plan.



 

(c)

Election to Delay the Time of Distribution . The Participant may make a one-time election to change the time of distribution. The election shall delay the distribution to a date that is at least five (5) years after the date the distribution would have been made to the Participant absent the election. The election shall not take effect until the date that is twelve (12) months after the date on which the Participant makes the election. In addition, in the case of a distribution as of a specified time (but not upon a Participant’s Separation from Service, Disability, or death), the election shall not take effect unless the Participant makes the election at least twelve (12) months prior to the date the distribution is to commence. If the Participant also desires to change the form of distribution, that election must be made at the time the Participant elects to change the time of distribution.



 

(d)

Default Time of Distribution . Unless the Participant elects otherwise, a Participant’s Account (reduced by the amount of any applicable payroll, withholding and other taxes) shall be distributed as soon as administratively possible after the January 1 following the date of the earlier of the Participant’s Separation from Service, Disability, or death.



 

(e)

Delay in Distribution to Key Employees . Notwithstanding the foregoing, in the case of a distribution to a Participant who is a key employee where the timing of the distribution is based on the key employee’s Separation from Service, the date of distribution to the key employee shall be the first day of the month following the date that is six (6) months after the date of the key employee’s Separation from Service (or, if earlier, the date of the Participant’s death). A key employee shall be a key employee as defined in section 416(i) of the Code without regard to paragraph 5 of section 416(i) of the Code. All distributions under this Plan shall comply with the requirements of section 409A(a)(2)(B)(i) of the Code.



          7.1.2.     Form of Distribution .

 

(a)

Election of Form of Distribution . The Participant may elect the form of distribution for the Participant’s Account.



 

(i)

Lump Sum . The Participant may elect distribution to be made in a single lump sum payment in cash.



 

(ii)

Installments . A Participant may elect distribution to be made in a series of cash installment payments payable annually over a period of five (5), ten (10), or fifteen (15) years. The amount of an installment payment to a Participant shall be substantially equal to the amount in the Participant’s Account on January 1 of the Plan Year in which the installment payment is to be paid


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