Posted May 28, 2024

Kennametal issues tornado-damage statement

Kennametal Inc. said its production facility in Rogers, Arkansas, sustained damage early Sunday morning, May 26, from a tornado that also affected the larger Rogers community. At the time of the storm, the facility was shut down for the holiday weekend and no employees were onsite. The extent of the damage is currently being assessed.

"Our thoughts are with our employees and everyone in the community affected by this storm," said Sanjay Chowbey, incoming president and CEO of Kennametal Inc. "We are working closely with our local team to assess the damage and provide all necessary support and resources to restore operations as quickly as possible."

The company is also making a contribution to the American Red Cross of Arkansas to help support immediate community needs.

The Rogers plant supports the company's infrastructure segment and produces engineered carbide wear components primarily serving the energy, general engineering and earthworks end markets. The facility also produces rods used in the manufacturing of certain round tools for the company's metal cutting segment.

Kennametal says it is working diligently to restore production as soon as possible and to minimize shipment delays to customers.