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Automation Federation Is Named as a Winner of the Managing Automation 2009 Progressive Manufacturing

Research Triangle Park, NC (28 May 2009) - The Automation Federation will be honored at the Progressive Manufacturing Awards Gala on 11 June 2009, at the Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota, FL, for the development of the Automation Competency Model with the U.S. Department of Labor.

In November 2008, Steve Huffman, serving as Chairman of the Automation Federation at that time, was interviewed by representatives from Managing Automation to discuss the Automation Competency Model; its impact on individuals, educational institutions, and industry; and it's establishment of a discipline critical to the success of manufacturers attempting to compete globally in the 21st century. Huffman led a team of Automation Federation volunteer subject matter experts, working with representatives from the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), in building the completed Competency Model. This body of work and its future potential was the basis for the Automation Federation being named a winner of this prestigious Progressive Manufacturing Award. The Automation Federation invites you to visit to learn more about this award winning body of work.

An independent judging panel chaired by David R. Brousell, Editor-in-Chief, Managing Automation Media, and Jeff Moad, Executive Editor, Managing Automation, reviewed the Automation Federation nomination. Judges included:

  • Lisa Bodell, CEO, FutureThink
  • Tim Hanley, Vice Chairman and U.S. Process & Industrial Products Leader, Deloitte & Touche LLP
  • Brad Heath, President, VirTex Assembly Services, Inc. (PM Winner)
  • Ivan Hovey, Computer Integrated Manufacturing (CIM) Manager, Freescale Semiconductor
  • James M. Joyner, Director of Lean, Quality & Service, Card Monroe
  • Jay Lee, Univ. of Cincinnati, Ohio Eminent Scholar & L.W. Scott Alter Chair Professor Dept. of Mechanical Eng.
  • Paul E. Martin, Global Chief Information Officer, Rexam Plc (2005 Award Winner)
  • Robert Parker, VP, Research, Manufacturing Insights
  • Maureen Steinwall, President, Steinwall Inc. (2006 Award Winner)
  • Joe Tocci, Senior Vice President, Supply Chain, Intertape Polymer Group
  • Steven Vidakovic, Technology and Knowledge Integration, Global Supply Chain, Pfizer Inc. (2007 Award Winner)
  • Ray Wang, Vice President and Principal Analyst, Forrester Research
  • Mark Yatskievych, Manager, Technical Support, General Dynamics (2008 Progressive Manufacturer of the Year)
  • Emily Stover DeRocco, President, Manufacturing Institute, Senior Vice President National Association of Manufacturers
  • David R. Brousell, Editor-in-Chief, Managing Automation Media

Huffman—currently serving as the Chair of the Automation Federation Government Relations Committee—was notified in March 2009 that the Federation was selected as a winner of the fifth annual Progressive Manufacturing 100 Awards by Managing Automation Media, a Thomas Publishing Company, LLC publication.

Mike Marlowe, director of government relations for the Automation Federation, stated, "This award validates the efforts of the Automation Federation as we work to build the next generation of automation professionals and establish ourselves as the 'Voice of Automation.'"

Steve Huffman and Mike Marlowe will be honored and presented with this award on behalf of the Automation Federation at the Progressive Manufacturing Awards Gala to be held on the last day of the Progressive Manufacturing Summit 2009: Redefining the Business of Manufacturing in Turbulent Economic Times, 9-11 June, at the Ritz-Carlton in Sarasota, Florida. Huffman and Marlowe will join more than 200 manufacturing technology executives that are expected to attend the event. In addition to presenting the awards to the PM 100 Winners, Managing Automation Media will announce at the Gala Dinner High Achievers and Sub-Category Winners in each of the 8 disciplines as well as the 2009 Progressive Manufacturers of the Year at both a large and small company.

Huffman said, "I am pleased to be representing the Automation Federation in receiving this award. The development of the Automation Competency Model is one of the most profound accomplishments that our profession has attained. This award not only recognizes the importance of this Model and its positive impact for the future of manufacturing, it recognizes that the Automation Federation is the catalyst to accomplish these kinds of contributions for the future of automation and manufacturing."

"This is a distinguishing award, the Automation Federation is proud to receive. We are very excited to be considered among this elite group of international manufacturing leaders," said Kim Miller-Dunn, chair of the Automation Federation. "We see this recognition as another step forward towards achieving the Automation Federation's goal of promoting the automation profession by establishing the organization as the 'Voice of Automation.' We are greatly honored and extend our congratulations to all the other PM100 award winners."

"In the face of one of the worst economic downturns in history, these winning companies dramatically underscore how the manufacturing industry will not only get through this period but emerge in an even stronger position once a recovery takes hold," said David R. Brousell, Editor-in-Chief of Managing Automation Media. "The projects that enabled these companies to become PM100 winners reflect great creativity and inventiveness, a determined willingness to take risk, and an enduring resilience to continually improve every aspect of their business. These companies are leading the way to a better future for all industry."

About Managing Automation Media

Managing Automation Media, a division of Thomas Publishing Company, LLC, provides a complete set of decision-support informational tools for executives and technology decision-makers at progressive manufacturers — companies that are using information and automation technologies to transform their businesses and create a sustainable competitive advantage. In North America with Managing Automation, and now also in EMEA with Manufacturing Executive, they deliver access to the most influential decision-makers in manufacturing. Additional information can be found at

About Automation Federation

The Automation Federation is a global umbrella organization under which member associations and societies engaged in manufacturing and process automation activities can work more effectively to fulfill their missions, advance the science and engineering of automation technologies and applications and develop the workforce needed to capitalize on the benefits of automation. The Automation Federation is working to become the "Voice of Automation." For more information about the Automation Federation, visit