LATROBE, Pa., March 27, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Kennametal Inc. today announced that its Global Office of the General Counsel has been selected as one of Pennsylvania's Best In-House Legal Departments by The Legal Intelligencer, a Pennsylvania law journal. Kennametal is one of five companies to receive this honor, being selected for excellence in in-house management, using its small staff to initiate legal administration processes, ensuring the company remains ethically conscious and serving as a key role in business development.

"This honor is a great distinction for our team, demonstrating our commitment to ethics and integrity," said Kevin Nowe, Vice President, Secretary and General Counsel. "It also recognizes the robust processes and training we have in place that enable us to effectively partner with business colleagues to provide timely and strategic legal counsel."

The department showcased outstanding performance in several areas including:

  • Integrated and lean team with a staff of 10 attorneys serving more than 14,000 employees globally;
  • Engaged in intellectual property, playing an integral role in new product development;
  • Committed to supporting new business developments, including execution of two acquisitions in the past 18 months;
  • Disciplined processes for legal administration, continuously improving efficiencies, response time and customer satisfaction.

The Legal Intelligencer will honor Kennametal at a formal ceremony on May 29 in Philadelphia, Pa., as well as in their April magazine publication.

Celebrating more than 75 years 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 14,000 employees and nearly $3 billion in sales, the company realizes half of its revenue from outside North America, and 40 percent 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 percent 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. For more information, visit the company's website at www.kennametal.com.

SOURCE Kennametal Inc.

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