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Michael S. Mintun Elected Vice President of North American Sales at Lincoln Electric
22nd December, 2007

Michael S. Mintun has been elected Vice President, Sales, North America, for The Lincoln Electric Company, effective January 1, 2008. In his new position, he will have responsibility for Lincoln's U.S. and Canadian sales organizations.

"Mike has done an outstanding job growing Lincoln's customer base and building strong relationships with key distributor partners," said John M. Stropki, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. "Under Mike's leadership, the Company has had record sales in the U.S. in each of the last four years. His technical ability and welding industry experience have added to Lincoln's leadership position."

Mr. Mintun joined Lincoln in 1984 as a Sales Trainee. After completing his training, he was assigned as a Technical Sales Representative in the Company's New York and Pittsburgh District offices and advanced through a number of positions of increasing responsibility within the sales organization. In 1996, he was named District Manager of Lincoln's Southwest Ontario District in Canada. He was named National Accounts Manager for the U.S. in 1997, and in 2000 was appointed Vice President of Sales for Lincoln Electric Canada. In 2002, he was named National Sales Manager for the U.S., and in 2006, was promoted to his current position as Sales Manager for North America.

Mr. Mintun earned a B.S. degree in Metallurgy and Material Engineering from Lehigh University. He has also completed the Global Business Development Leadership program at the Thunderbird Garvin School of International Management. In 2006, he received the Distinguished Marketing & Sales Award from the Sales & Marketing Executives of Cleveland (SME) organization.

Mr. Mintun is a member of the American Welding Society and the Gases and Welding Distributors Association.

The Lincoln Electric Company is the major domestic subsidiary of Lincoln Electric Holdings, Inc. (Nasdaq: LECO). The Company is the world leader in the design, development and manufacture of arc welding products, robotic arc-welding systems, plasma and oxyfuel cutting equipment and has a leading global position in the brazing and soldering alloys market. Headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio, Lincoln has 37 manufacturing locations, including operations, manufacturing alliances and joint ventures in 19 countries and a worldwide network of distributors and sales offices covering more than 160 countries.

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