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Kennametal enter into a strategic cooperation
With the Ronald McDonald House Charities in EMEA

Kennametal Inc. have entered into a strategic cooperation with the Ronald McDonald House Charities in the EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa) region to leverage corporate volunteering opportunities and give back to the communities where they live and work. The official collaboration contract was signed today by both parties during a kick-off event in the Ronald McDonald house in Erlangen, Germany.

Photograph: From left to right.: Sabine Guse, Kennametal Corporate Relations, Joost Berting, Kennametal vice president and managing director EMEA, Sonja Heyder, house manager Ronald McDonald house Erlangen, Germany, Linda Schneider, manager fundraising McDonald's Kinderhilfe Stiftung, Dr. Micha Wirtz, managing director McDonald's Kinderhilfe Stiftung.

Being an engaged corporate citizen and giving back to the community are key elements of Kennametal´s culture, which fosters volunteering activities for employees and supports strategic community organizations through the Kennametal Foundation.

"We have chosen Ronald McDonald House Charities as a strategic partner, as we really value the work they do for families and their children in need of care.» explains Joost Berting, Kennametal vice president and managing director EMEA. "Moreover, it is a perfect fit with our company as they have locations across different countries in the EMEA region where Kennametal has facilities. We are looking forward to a fruitful cooperation."

Ronald McDonald House Charities was founded in 1974 in Philadelphia and offers parents and relatives of ill children who are in need of hospital treatment a temporary home. Thus, they are able to stay close to their children and help them recover faster.

"Kennametal is a strong partner for us being able to support us at several locations across different countries, where our Ronald McDonald Houses are situated. This engagement enables us to offer families a temporary home, during their child is treated in a hospital nearby." said Dr. Micha Wirtz, Managing Director Kinderhilfe Stiftung. "Thanks to corporate supporters like Kennametal, our foundation is able to help more than 12.000 families in 22 houses and 5 oases in Germany alone every year."

Kennametal in profile
Celebrating its 75th year as an industrial technology leader, Kennametal Inc. delivers productivity to customers seeking peak performance in demanding environments.

The company provides innovative wear-resistant products, application engineering and services backed by advanced material science, serving customers in 60 countries across diverse sectors of aerospace, earthworks, energy, industrial production, transportation and infrastructure. With approximately 13,000 employees and nearly $3 billion in sales, the company realizes half of its revenue from outside North America, and 40% globally from innovations introduced in the past five years. Recognized among the "World's Most Ethical Companies" (Ethisphere);

"Outstanding Corporate Innovator" (Product Development Management Association); and "America's Safest Companies" (EHS Today) with a focus on 100% safety, Kennametal and its foundation invest in technical education, industrial technologies and material science to deliver the promise of progress and economic prosperity to people everywhere.

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