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NEW BAND WELDING SUPER CENTER IN LOUISVILLE, KY

March 22, 2012 -

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SIMONDS TO OPEN NEW CENTRALIZED BAND WELDING "SUPER CENTER" IN LOUISVILLE, KY

Fitchburg, MA (March 22, 2012) - Simonds International announces the establishment of its new Central U.S. Weld & Distribution Center - a bandsaw blade welding "super center" - to be located in Louisville, Kentucky. The new "super center" will feature Simonds' state-of-the-art bandsaw blade welding and finishing systems, and will be a multi-shift operation offering customers faster order turn-around, higher order fill rates and the best weld quality available.

The Louisville "super center" replaces 3 current weld center facilities. From Louisville, Simonds will be able to offer next day delivery to America's industrial heartland. Fully 71% of the U.S. population is within a 2-day service zone and 80% of the U.S. population is within a 3-day service zone. The proximity of the "super center" to UPS's Worldport Hub at Louisville International Airport means that Simonds can offer delivery of welded bands next-day to anywhere in the world as a premium service as required.

The new bandsaw blade welding "super center" will focus on LEAN manufacturing techniques that will lead to improvements in both quality and consistency of the welded bands themselves as well as the packaging of the welded bands. LEAN, in turn, will ultimately have a very positive effect reducing lead times and improving fill rates.

Simonds International offers an extensive array of professional grade products including bandsaw blades, circular saw blades (SystiMatic™ brand), power hacksaw blades and power tool accessories including hole saws, annular hole cutters, reciprocating saw, hacksaw and jigsaw blades. Simonds also offers a line of industrial products including lifting and holding magnets and magnets for use on the shop floor. Its products are sold through a comprehensive distributor base.

For more information on the Louisville Super Weld Center, contact Simonds International by calling toll-free (800)343-1616.