Lincoln Electric dedicates new facility in India

May 11, 2009

Lincoln Electric Holdings Inc. today dedicated a 100,000-square-foot welding consumables facility in Chennai, India, which will serve the growing market in that country and markets throughout the Asia Pacific region.

Speaking at dedication ceremonies in Chennai today, John M. Stropki, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, said, "The new Chennai plant represents an important investment for Lincoln in the expanding market for welding products in India. Our plant will serve the growing demand from industry and large infrastructure projects that are fueling India's economic growth."

The Lincoln Chennai plant will manufacture solid welding wire used for a variety of welding applications in industry segments such as heavy equipment, metal buildings, pipeline and pipe mills, and power generation, which includes the fabrication of wind towers. The new campus consists of offices for the Company's new Indian Headquarters, training and welding demonstration facilities and manufacturing space.

Lincoln Electric Asia Pacific President Thomas A. Flohn said, "This new facility incorporates state-of-the-art manufacturing and environmental systems and reaffirms our commitment to operational excellence and environmental preservation. It will be a highly productive and efficient plant that will meet the highest level of environmental standards."

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