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Contact: Dan Lagiovane (412) 622-3361

June 1, 2006

 

Powdermill Nature Reserve wins
Western Pennsylvania Environmental award

Rector, PA Powdermill Nature Reserve's Currents Connecting Cultures Program was recently named the winner of the Primary/Secondary Education Division at the 2006 Western Pennsylvania Environmental Awards on May 25. Kennametal Inc., a partner and primary sponsor of the program, nominated Powdermill Nature Reserve for this honor, which recognizes best practices in environmental programs and activities across the region.

"Kennametal is committed to excellence in environmental, health and safety standards and supports education within the communities where its employees work and live," commented Dr. William Hsu, Kennametal Vice President and Chief Technical Officer. "Programs such as Currents Connecting Cultures provide a great opportunity to educate young students about careers in the science and technology fields, thus helping to build a strong foundation for the future of our industry."

"We are very excited and honored to receive this important award," said Dr. David A. Smith, Director of Powdermill Nature Reserve. "It brings recognition to an outstanding program and provides another example of how Powdermill Nature Reserve is such an important treasure of the Ligonier Valley."

The Western Pennsylvania Environmental Awards recognize and honor outstanding accomplishments in various environmental initiatives throughout western Pennsylvania. A total of four awards were presented in the areas of Community, Higher Education, Primary & Secondary Education, and Business. An independent panel of judges evaluated all nominations and selected the winners. The awards include cash prizes of $1,000 to be donated to local nonprofit environmental organizations designated by each winner.

The education staff, led by Theresa Gay Rohall, Coordinator of Education at Powdermill Nature Reserve's Florence Lockhart Nimick Nature Center, developed the Currents Connecting Cultures Program in 2005 in partnership with Kennametal. It was created to give middle school students in the Ligonier Valley an opportunity to understand water as an important resource for all forms of life and to discover how it is valued by students of similar age throughout the world.

Approximately 250 students and teachers from Valley School of Ligonier and Baggaley Elementary School in Latrobe were linked via a videoconference with students from the Ohlam Gymnasium School in Germany, and the Country Day School and Good Hope School in the U.S. Virgin Islands. These students gained knowledge about the environment and interacted with peers from different cultures.

The awards are sponsored by the Pennsylvania Environmental Council. Funding for the awards comes from the Dominion Foundation, which is dedicated to the economic, physical, and social health of the communities served by Dominion companies.

Powdermill Nature Reserve, the biological research station of Carnegie Museum of Natural History, was established in 1956, through the vision and leadership of then Carnegie Museum of Natural History Director Dr. M. Graham Netting. Located four miles south of Rector, PA, the Reserve has over 2,200 acres of open fields, mixed deciduous woodlands, streams, ponds, and thickets, which provide a variety of habitats for study. Scientists at Powdermill conduct field research in ornithology, herpetology, botany, invertebrate zoology, and other natural sciences.

Carnegie Museum of Natural History, one of the four Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh, welcomes 350,000 visitors a year and reaches another 150,000 through educational outreach programs. It is the third largest repository of dinosaur fossils in the world, and its total collections exceed 21 million objects, specimens, and artifacts.

Kennametal Inc. (NYSE:KMT) is a leading global supplier of tooling, engineered components and advanced materials consumed in production processes. The company improves customers' competitiveness by providing superior economic returns through the delivery of application knowledge and advanced technology to master the toughest of materials application demands. Companies producing everything from airframes to coal, from medical implants to oil wells and from turbochargers to motorcycle parts recognize Kennametal for extraordinary contributions to their value chains. Customers buy over $2.3 billion annually of Kennametal products and services - delivered by our 14,000 talented employees in over 60 countries - with almost 50 percent of these revenues coming from outside the United States. Visit us at www.kennametal.com.

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