Christopher L. Mapes Elected to Lincoln Electric Board

Cleveland, Feb 15, 2010 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- Lincoln Electric Holdings, Inc., (Nasdaq: LECO) today announced that Christopher L. Mapes, Executive Vice President of A. O. Smith Corporation and President of its Electrical Products unit, has been elected to the Company's Board of Directors.

"Christopher Mapes joins the Lincoln Electric board at a very exciting and important time for our Company," said Lincoln Electric Chairman and CEO John M. Stropki. "He brings years of manufacturing, sales and marketing experience. His global business background and insights will add value to a well-rounded and solid board."

The addition of Mr. Mapes brings the total number of Lincoln Electric Holdings, Inc. Board Members to eleven.

Mr. Mapes was named President of A. O. Smith Electrical Products Company in 2004 and has full profit and loss responsibility for the $620 million business. The unit manufactures an extensive line of fractional horsepower, hermetic, and integral horsepower electric motors for residential, commercial, and industrial applications. Electrical Products Company has manufacturing operations in the U.S., Mexico, China, and Europe and employs approximately 7,400 people worldwide. He joined the company from the Regal-Beloit Corporation, where he was President of Motor Sales and Marketing. Prior to Regal-Beloit, Mr. Mapes was with Superior Telecom, a Fort Wayne, Ind.-based supplier to the electrical, automotive and electronics market. At Superior Telecom, he was President of the company's Global OEM Business Group.

He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Ball State University, a law degree from the University of Toledo (Ohio) and an MBA from Northwestern University's Kellogg Graduate School of Management.

About Lincoln Electric:

The Lincoln Electric Company, headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio, is the world leader in the design, development and manufacture of arc welding products, robotic arc welding systems, fume extraction equipment and plasma and oxyfuel cutting equipment. The company holds a leading global position in the brazing and soldering alloys market.