Harbor Freight Tools Donates to LAUSD Adult Schools

Jan. 9, 2013

LOS ANGELES - During these hard economic times when resources are scarce, School
Board President Mónica García welcomes Harbor Freight Tools as an enthusiastic
partner ready to support Los Angeles Unified School District’s (LAUSD) Adult
Education. Thanks to the $1.4 million gift of tools and equipment from Harbor Freight
and its Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Eric Smidt, many students in the District’s
Division of Adult and Career Education will benefit from high-quality industrial education
programs. The donation, in addition to promoting creativity and innovation, will
encourage students to turn their passions into paychecks.

“Our schools and communities are stronger when we have partners that help us get the
job done,” said Board President Mónica García. “Thank you Harbor Freight and Eric
Smidt for giving us the tools and resources to continue workforce training. Together we
can help restore opportunities that are in much demand in our community.”

Harbor Freight invited LAUSD’s industrial career education instructors to visit the
company’s Pasadena store to compile “wish” lists. And the shopping lists were long –
they asked for and will receive a massive amount of tools and equipment – more than
55,000 items capable of filling 15 forty-foot truck loads. All will be put to good use in
industrial education programs for careers in air conditioning repair, electronics,
plumbing, construction work and many other fields.

"For far too long, vocational education has not been given the attention and funding it
deserves" said Eric Smidt, CEO of Harbor Freight Tools. "At a time when a well-trained
workforce is essential to compete in the global economy, the United States too often
falls short. Harbor Freight Tools wants to help turn the tide, and we're starting at
LAUSD where the budget for their Career Technical Education programs is just one
quarter of what it was just two years ago. With our tools in Los Angeles classrooms, we
can help thousands of students work their way toward meaningful, higher paying

“We are grateful for Board President García’s strong and continuous support as
evidenced by her outreach and initial contact with Harbor Freight in facilitating this
generous donation,” said Michael Romero, Executive Director of the LAUSD Division of
Adult & Career Education, Options Programs and Beyond the Bell. “Our current and
future technical education students are the winners in this industry partnership.”

The mission of California's Career Technical Education (CTE) system is to provide
industry-linked programs and services that enable all individuals to reach their career
goals in order to achieve a high quality lifestyle, to be competitive in the global market
place, and to sustain California's economic dominance. The LAUSD Career Technical
Education training programs focus on short-term, high-quality course sequences that
prepare students to earn industry-recognized certification and obtain viable
employment. Students receive hands-on training through project-based experiences
that meet the requirements and standards of the job market. Career Technical
Education will engage every student in high-quality educational programs, developed in
partnership with business and industry.

Founded in North Hollywood, CA in 1977 and now based in Calabasas, Harbor Freight
Tools is the leading discount tool retailer in the U.S. selling high quality tools at
"ridiculously low prices" in over 400 stores nationwide and on its website
http:/harborfreight.com. Harbor Freight Tools stocks over 7,000 items in categories
including automotive, air and power tools, shop equipment and hand tools. With a
commitment to quality and a lifetime guarantee on all hand tools, Harbor Freight Tools
is a favorite of automotive and truck repair shops, government agencies, schools,
manufacturers, contractors and tool enthusiasts who want top-quality and great
selection and value. The results speak for themselves - with over twenty million
customers nationwide and thousands of people switching to Harbor Freight Tools every
day. Additional information about Harbor Freight Tools and online sales can be found at
http://harborfreight.com, on Facebook at http:// facebook.com/harbor.f.tools and on
Twitter at http://twitter.com/harborfreight.

Contact: Ellen Morgan, LAUSD, (213) 241-6766
              Alan Mutchnik, Harbor Freight Tools, (818) 836-5021