CNA Announces Tooling U-SME as New Allied Vendor December 12, 2017 by SME Communications CHICAGO — CNA today announced the selection of Tooling U-SME — a leader in manufacturing workforce education and development — as the newest member of its Allied Vendor Program. As part of this partnership, CNA policyholders will have access to more than 500 of Tooling U-SME’s individual manufacturing classes, in both English and Spanish, mapped to specific competencies for every area, role and function. All learning resources are developed around professional standards and industry-endorsed certifications. Backed by over 85 years of hands-on manufacturing experience, Tooling U-SME is dedicated to helping build the current and next generation workforce. “The manufacturing industry is at a juncture where a critical shortage of skilled workers threatens the future of the workforce,” said Brian Roberts, Consulting Director, Commercial Risk Control, CNA. “CNA is pleased to offer our policyholders with a solution that will help build high-performing employees who will help drive quality, productivity, innovation and higher employee satisfaction.” In 2007, CNA developed its Allied Vendor Program to provide customers with access to additional risk control programming that creates safer, more secure work environments. This program remains a key resource for providing tools to assist policyholders in mitigating risk and delivering on CNA's commitment to show its customers more than just an insurance policy. “Our primary focus at Tooling U-SME is to prepare manufacturing employees to successfully compete in the industrial renaissance,” said Jeannine Kunz, Vice President, Tooling U-SME. “By partnering with CNA, we have a unique opportunity to reach even more of the manufacturing workforce so we can develop today’s and tomorrow’s skilled talent that will function effectively in a safe work place.” To learn more about Tooling U-SME’s range of offerings visit http://ppc.toolingu.com/cna/ or, for a complete list of participating vendors, please visit the webpage for CNA's Allied Vendor Program. About CNA CNA is the eighth largest commercial insurer in the United States. CNA provides a broad range of standard and specialized property and casualty insurance products and services for businesses and professionals in the U.S., Canada, Europe and Asia, backed by 120 years of experience and more than $45 billion of assets. For more information about CNA, visit our website at www.cna.com. Follow CNA (NYSE: CNA) on: Facebook | Twitter | LinkedIn | YouTube About Tooling U-SME Tooling U-SME delivers versatile, competency-based learning and development solutions to the manufacturing community, working with more than half of all Fortune 500® manufacturing companies, as well as 600 educational institutions across the country. Tooling U-SME partners with customers to build high performers who help their companies drive quality, profitability, productivity, innovation and employee satisfaction. Working directly with hundreds of high schools, community and technical colleges, and universities, Tooling U-SME is able to help prepare the next-generation workforce by providing industry-driven curriculum. A division of SME, a nonprofit that connects all those who are passionate about making things that improve our world, Tooling U-SME can be found at toolingu.com or on Facebook (facebook.com/toolingu) and Twitter (twitter.com/toolingu). ### If you have questions about the press release or need additional information, please contact SME Public Relations at email@example.com.