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Kester Celebrates 110 Years in Business

Feb 11, 2009

ITASCA, IL � February 2009 � Kester announces 110 years in business as a leading global supplier of higher performance interconnecting materials and related services for the electronic and micro-component assembly markets.

The company was founded in 1899 as the Chicago Solder Company to produce flux-cored solder wire. This patented Kester manufacturing process has had a major impact in the electronics industry to this day. As Kester grew and gained success, the company opened additional facilities outside of the US starting in 1931. In 2006, Illinois Tool Works (ITW) Company acquired Kester. Today, Kester operates facilities in the US, Mexico, Germany, Japan, Taiwan, China, Malaysia and Singapore.

Throughout the world, Kester's products are known for their superb reputation for high quality and advanced technology. Kester's product development strategy draws upon resources located in the U.S., Singapore, Germany and Japan. The company's product development chemists are dedicated to advancing soldering technology to meet the needs of a constantly changing and increasingly complex electronics marketplace. Kester continually assesses the needs of the marketplace to determine key opportunities for innovative product development that will maintain Kester's market leadership in terms of product technology.

�Kester has a long and proud history that demonstrates our stability and success over a very long period of time. Kester's track record serves as proof that Kester is dependable, reliable and will be in business for many, many years to come. And with ITW as our corporate owner, we have an extremely successful and financially stable parent company, ensuring that Kester will continue to thrive regardless of the economic conditions,� said Brian Smith, Kester's Director of Marketing and Product Technology.

For more information about Kester's history or full line of products and services, contact Kester by phone at (+1) 630-616-4000 or 800-2-KESTER (53-7837), or by e-mail at Kester's Web site may be found at

Founded in 1899, Kester is a world-renowned supplier of solder and related materials and services to the electronics assembly, micro-component, and industrial soldering markets. Kester is known for high quality, advanced technology and superior technical support. With headquarters in Itasca, IL, Kester has additional manufacturing facilities in the United States, Mexico, Canada, Singapore, Germany, Japan, Brazil, Taiwan, Malaysia and China. Its worldwide manufacturing and technical capabilities provide the support required to serve major electronics manufacturing services providers and OEMs.

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