Hardinge Announces Richard L. Simons Appointed Chairman of the Board

ELMIRA,N.Y.– Hardinge Inc., a leading international provider of advanced metal-cutting solutions, today announced that its Board of Director has elected Richard L. Simons, President and Chief Executive Officer of Hardinge, to the additional position of Chairman of the Board effective February 14, 2012.

Mr. Simons will succeed Kyle H. Seymour, who announced that he will be resigning as Chairman and as a director effective February 14, 2012, in order to devote his full time to other commitments.  Mr. Seymourhas served as a director since 2004 and was appointed Chairman of the Board in 2008. 

Mr. Seymour noted, “I am confident that Rick’s industry experience, in depth operating knowledge and strong communication skills will continue to serve the Board and the Company well in his expanded role.”

Mr. Simons also serves on the Board of Directors for the Association for Manufacturing Technology (AMT). 

About Hardinge Inc.

Hardinge is a global designer, manufacturer and distributor of machine tools, specializing in SUPER PRECISION(TM) and precision CNC Lathes, high performance Machining Centers, high-end cylindrical and jig Grinding Machines, and technologically advanced Workholding & Rotary Products. The Company's products are distributed to most of the industrialized markets around the world with approximately 75% of its sales outside of North America. Hardinge has a very diverse international customer base and serves a wide variety of end-user markets. This customer base includes metalworking manufacturers which make parts for a variety of industries, as well as a wide range of end users in the aerospace, agricultural, transportation, basic consumer goods, communications and electronics, construction, defense, energy, pharmaceutical and medical equipment, and recreation industries, among others.. The Company has manufacturing operations in the United States, Switzerland, Taiwan, China and the United Kingdom. Hardinge's common stock trades on NASDAQ Global Select Market under the symbol, "HDNG." For more information, please visit http://www.hardinge.com 

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Hardinge Inc., One Hardinge Drive, PO Box 1507, Elmira, New York 14902-1507 USA. Phone: 800-843-8801; Fax: 607-734-8819; E-mail: info@hardinge.com ###