"This past year was a rewarding, yet challenging year," said William A. Shumaker, President and Chief Executive Officer. "Our programs and strategies over the past few years to make Kewaunee a stronger and more competitive company were put to the test. During the first half of the year, we were confronted with escalating prices for certain raw materials, particularly steel and epoxy resin, and higher energy and transportation costs. This was followed by the global economic slowdown in the second half of the year. Despite these and other challenges, year-over-year increases in sales and net earnings were achieved for each quarter of the year, and we continued to build our order backlog.
"Looking toward fiscal year 2010, we believe a number of factors have the Company well-positioned for another good year," continued Mr. Shumaker. "A healthy domestic laboratory furniture marketplace, our record order backlog, and excellent performances by our factories are providing us strong momentum. The Asian laboratory furniture marketplace, which was soft the past year, is expected to improve and provide increased opportunities. The move to our new, modern plant in Bangalore, India, is now complete. This plant has full manufacturing capabilities which positions us to compete more broadly for additional projects in Asia and the Middle East. Next year will also present a number of challenges. These include uncertainty as to when the global economic slowdown will end and higher pension costs for the Company due to losses in our pension investments portfolio."
Kewaunee Scientific Corporation is a recognized leader in the design, manufacture, and installat
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