Kennametal Graduates Inaugural Class of "Young Engineers" in Solon, Ohio; Company Expands Program to Develop Future Workforce

  Kennametal Graduates Inaugural Class of "Young Engineers" in Solon, Ohio;
             Company Expands Program to Develop Future Workforce

PR Newswire

SOLON, Ohio, Dec. 12, 2012

SOLON, Ohio, Dec. 12, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Kennametal Inc. announced today the
graduation of 26 Solon High School students from the inaugural class of its
Kennametal Foundation "Young Engineers Program" in Ohio.

Kennametal launched the Young Engineers Program in September 2011 in Latrobe,
Pennsylvania and this year expanded the program to Solon, Ohio, where the
company operates a production facility serving industrial and aerospace
customers. The facility is one of four total across the state, employing more
than 1,000 people. The program seeks to attract young people to learn
first-hand about the rewarding careers available in engineering and advanced
manufacturing technology, helping to build the workforce of tomorrow.

Juniors and seniors from Solon High School participated in a combination of
classroom discussions and hands-on projects, with mentoring by leaders from
Kennametal's research, development and engineering team.

"We need to shatter the myths about manufacturing in this country, which today
is high-tech, highly rewarding and absolutely vital to our nation's economy,"
said Kennametal Chairman, President and CEO, Carlos Cardoso. "By engaging
young people, their parents and teachers to experience today's manufacturing
technology first-hand, we are enhancing education and changing perceptions to
attract greater interest in the excellent career opportunities we offer. This
program serves as our ground game to develop a new generation of skilled
professionals we need to keep American manufacturing strong. We'll continue to
expand our efforts across the country, and we encourage other leaders in our
industry to do the same."

Cardoso, a passionate U.S. manufacturing advocate who also chairs the
Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation, conceived the grass
roots program as a model for manufacturers to revitalize interest in the
sector as vital to the future of America and a thriving middle class. He and
other Kennametal leaders will join parents, teachers and school administrators
to congratulate the Solon High School students as the inaugural Ohio graduates
of the program, supported by Kennametal Foundation funding earmarked for
technical education.

The Kennametal Foundation focuses on secondary and post-secondary technical
education in engineering and manufacturing technologies. The Young Engineers
Program is one of a number of initiatives the company has established to
address the technical skills gap in manufacturing. Others include:

  oStudent employment, including internships, cooperative work/study plans
    and apprenticeship programs;
  oCommunity college and technical school partnerships;
  oTuition assistance;
  oU.S. Veterans hiring initiative, including technical skills development;
    and
  oKennametal Knowledge Center technical training and certification programs
    extended to employees as well as customers and distributors.

Kennametal Inc. delivers productivity to customers seeking peak performance in
demanding environments by providing innovative custom and standard
wear-resistant solutions. This proven productivity is enabled through our
advanced materials sciences and application knowledge. Our commitment to a
sustainable environment provides additional value to our customers. Companies
operating in everything from airframes to coal mining, from engines to oil
wells and from turbochargers to construction recognize Kennametal for
extraordinary contributions to their value chains. In fiscal year 2012,
customers bought approximately $3.0 billion of Kennametal products and
services – delivered by approximately 13,000 talented employees doing business
in more than 60 countries – with more than 50 percent of these revenues coming
from outside North America. Visit us at www.kennametal.com.

SOURCE Kennametal Inc.

Website: http://www.kennametal.com
Contact: Christina Sutter, Media Relations, +1-724-539-5708
 
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