HobartWelders.com is Newly Re-Designed and Reloaded

APPLETON, Wis., December 20, 2007 — To improve site navigation and offer visitors enhanced product information, Hobart Welding Products today launched a re-design of its Web site, HobartWelders.com. Among the new features is an easy-to-use navigation menu with process-specific icons that direct visitors to welding, cutting and accessory product pages. The re-design also enables viewing on screen resolutions of 1024 x 768, presenting more information with less scrolling.

“Welding is becoming more accessible and user-friendly, to individuals with home shops, farmers and those who weld for a living or as a hobby,” states Caleb Krisher, product manager with Hobart Welding Products. “The new design of HobartWelders.com aims to mirror these same advancements online and provide easier access to product and process information.”

Welding 101 - Learn to Weld Online

Hobart’s Web site offers a collection of downloadable tips and guides designed to help users hone their welding skills and technique. By visiting the E-Learning section, Welding 101 literature can be downloaded for the following categories:

• MIG Welding

• Aluminum MIG Welding

• Self-Shielded Flux Cored Welding

• TIG Welding

• Stick Welding

• Plasma Welding

• Resistance Spot Welding

Expanded Weld Talk Forum

Weld Talk, (www.HobartWelders.com/weldtalk), Hobart’s popular online user-forum, was redesigned to improve speed and access for its 12,661 members. Forums of interest were organized under a new set of categories covering: Office, Equipment Talk, Application Talk, Welding Projects, Conversations by the Community, Classified Ads and a Weld Talk Topic Archive. The site has improved search capabilities and several new tools to enhance interaction among members. This effort eases searching for topics through 284,668 posts currently listed.

“Friendships are always being forged on this web site,” Krisher states. “Every member owns a piece of what is there through their posts. It’s really a place where individuals who live welding for work and fun can collaborate on projects and help each other out.”

In addition to Weld Talk, the Hobart web site contains other educational benefits. The product area displays features and specifications on all Hobart products. There, visitors can access complete owner manuals and order product spec sheets, locate the nearest service provider or register to receive e-mail updates.

For more information, or free literature, visit www.HobartWelders.com, call 1-877-HOBART1 (462-2781) or write to Hobart Welding Products at P.O. Box 100, Lithonia, GA 30058.

Hobart Welding Products offers a complete line of industrial-grade Stick, MIG, TIG and spot welders, plasma cutters and generator/welding power sources designed for easy use. Hobart products are available through farm and tool retail stores as well as welding supply distributors.

Hobart Welding Products is a division of Hobart Brothers Company, Troy, Ohio, a wholly owned subsidiary of Illinois Tool Works Inc. (NYSE: ITW). Based in Glenview, Ill. ITW is a multinational Fortune 200 company that engineers and manufactures welding products, fasteners, components, assemblies and systems for customers around the world.

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