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January 20, 2010 - Earl Walker, CEO of Carr Lane Manufacturing, will serve as chair for SME Education Foundation's 30th Anniversary. Mr. Walker has been a member of SME for 50 years and has made considerable time and financial contributions to SME and its Foundation. Selection of Mr. Walker as chair for this event is an acknowledgement of the creation of The Myrtle and Earl Walker Endowed Scholarship, now worth over $1 million, which has provided more than 300 scholarships.

Earl Walker, CEO Carr Lane Manufacturing to Chair SME Education Foundation 30th Anniversary Celebration


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Press release date: January 15, 2010

Industry leader, philanthropist, Earl Walker will lead events surrounding the SME Education Foundation's 30th Anniversary made possible through the visionary leadership, hard work, and generous support of industry and individuals.

DEARBORN, Mich., - Earl Walker, CEO, Carr Lane Manufacturing, St. Louis Mo., will serve as chair for the SME Education Foundation 30th Anniversary being celebrated this year. Mr. Walker has been a member of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) for 50 years. A worthy recipient of this appointment, he has made considerable contributions of time and financial support to SME and its Foundation. Additionally, he has been long recognized for contributions to his community, youth and education, and a host of charities.

Says Bart A. Aslin, director, SME Education Foundation, "As an organization, we are highly indebted to Myrtle and Earl Walker for their financial and numerous involvements with our organization. No one is more worthy to lead events surrounding our 30th Anniversary this year."

The celebration of the SME Education Foundation's 30 years of steady growth has been made possible through visionary leadership, hard work and generous support from industry and individuals like Mr. Walker. Event plans now being formulated will be announced later this year.

Today, because of his and similar efforts from industry partners, corporations, associations and individual donors, the tide is turning as the Foundation continues to impact the lives of thousands of young people who have benefited from K-12 programs, and scholarships.

Future plans are bright with concentrated effort being invested in manufacturing centers at high schools around the country. With scholarship support, another area reflecting Mr. Walker's involvement, there is a focus on addressing the image of manufacturing and educating people about careers in advanced manufacturing.

The selection of Mr. Walker as chair for this event is an acknowledgement of the creation of The Myrtle and Earl Walker Endowed Scholarship, now worth over $1 million, which has provided more than 300 scholarships. Mr. Walker's pursuit of an education and subsequent success were the result of having parents who cared, hard work and happenstance. "I think anyone who wants to go to school should be able to. Myrtle and I are happy to offer our support to the SME Education Foundation celebrating their 30th Anniversary."

In another education-based philanthropic involvement, which is highly important to them, Myrtle and Earl Walker are giving children the gift of speech which also provides a better quality of life; communication to a small child is very important. The Walker Scottish Rite Clinic for Childhood Language Disorders founded in 1988, is a nonprofit, 501(c) (3) organization whose mission is to provide long-term professional treatment to children ages 2 to 6 with speech and language disorders. The organization has served 14,000 children to-date at six clinical locations in the greater St. Louis and surrounding areas.

About Carr Lane Manufacturing:
Carr Lane Manufacturing provides the world's largest selection of tooling components, clamps, fixturing and related work holding products for all areas of manufacturing. Based in St. Louis, Mo., the company is certified ISO 9001-2008 and is recognized for consistently delivering high-quality tooling items at competitive prices through a worldwide network of over 200 distributors. Visit www.carrlane.com

About the SME Education Foundation:
The SME Education Foundation is committed to inspiring, supporting and preparing the next generation of manufacturing engineers and technologists in the advancement of manufacturing education. Created by the Society of Manufacturing Engineers in 1979, the SME Education Foundation has provided more than $29 million since 1980 in grants, scholarships and awards through its partnerships with corporations, organizations, foundations, and individual donors. Visit the SME Education Foundation at www.smeef.org and award-winning Web site, Manufacturing is Cool!
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