EX-24 2 szewspoa0506.htm CLS POA

                                                                      Exhibit 24

                                POWER OF ATTORNEY

     Know all by these presents, that the undersigned hereby constitutes and

appoints each of Tracy D. Pagliara, Helen W. Cornell, Jeremy T. Steele and Diana

C. Toman signing singly, the undersigned's true and lawful attorney-in-fact to:

     (1)    execute for and on behalf of the undersigned, in the undersigned's

     capacity as an officer and/or director of Gardner Denver, Inc. (the

     "Corporation"), Forms 3, 4, and 5 in accordance with Section 16(a) of the

     Securities Exchange Act of 1934 and the rules thereunder;

     (2)    do and perform any and all acts for and on behalf of the

     undersigned which may be necessary or desirable to complete and execute any

     such Form 3, 4, or 5, complete and execute any amendment or amendments

     thereto, and timely file such form with the United States Securities and

     Exchange Commission and any stock exchange or similar authority; and

     (3)    take any other action of any type whatsoever in connection with

     the foregoing which, in the opinion of such attorney-in-fact, may be of

     benefit to, in the best interest of, or legally required by, the

     undersigned, it being understood that the documents executed by such

     attorney-in-fact on behalf of the undersigned pursuant to this Power of

     Attorney shall be in such form and shall contain such terms and conditions

     as such attorney-in-fact may approve in such attorney-in-fact's discretion.

     The undersigned hereby grants to each such attorney-in-fact full power and

authority to do and perform any and every act and thing whatsoever requisite,

necessary, or proper to be done in the exercise of any of the rights and powers

herein granted, as fully to all intents and purposes as the undersigned might or

could do if personally present, with full power of substitution or revocation,

hereby ratifying and confirming all that such attorney-in-fact, or such

attorney-in-fact's substitute or substitutes, shall lawfully do or cause to be

done by virtue of this power of attorney and the rights and powers herein

granted. The undersigned acknowledges that the foregoing attorneys-in-fact, in

serving in such capacity at the request of the undersigned, are not assuming,

nor is the Corporation assuming, any of the undersigned's responsibilities to

comply with Section 16 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934.

     This Power of Attorney shall remain in full force and effect until the

undersigned is no longer required to file Forms 3, 4, and 5 with respect to the

undersigned's holdings of and transactions in securities issued by the

Corporation, unless earlier revoked by the undersigned in a signed writing

delivered to the foregoing attorneys-in-fact.

     IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the undersigned has caused this Power of Attorney to be

executed as of this 6th day of May, 2008.

                                         /s/ Charles L. Szews

                                         Charles L. Szews