Please add another fine company, Kennametal Inc., to the list of U.S. manufacturers whose products aided in last week’s rescue of the Chilean miners trapped underground for two months. The Latrobe, Pa., company is a leading global supplier of tooling, engineered components and advanced materials used in production processes, a key player in the mining industry.

Joy Chandler, Vice President of Corporate Relations, described the company’s role in the effort:

Kennametal recently manufactured and supplied diamond substrates and carbide compacts / inserts to customers who in turn intended to use these materials in the cutting edge of their drill bits to aid in the Chilean mine relief efforts. The products Kennametal supplied to its customers were made special to the customers’ needs and manufactured in record lead-time.

The manufacturing took place at our Rogers, Arkansas facility and the process was a basic press, sinter, grind, but what makes it unique is the grade and geometry. The customer specs also makes it a custom solution which involved a concerted effort across many functions including customer service, engineering, production planning and the tool room. In total there were about 35 people involved in the orders from start to finish.

Through the technology, expertise and service we provide to our customers, and by delivering on our promise, we are pleased to have been able to aid in this effort. There was certainly a sense of urgency and we were glad we were able to respond above and beyond for the benefit of all those involved.

The company has a fascinating history of innovation and global expansion. Carlos M. Cardoso
Chairman, President and CEO, serves on the Board of Directors of the National Association of Manufacturers, and we are proud to have the company as an active NAM member.

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