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Dream It. Do It. Southeast Indiana will be honored at the Progressive Manufacturing Awards Gala
June 11, 2009 at the Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota, FL

(COLUMBUS, IN., March 13, 2009) – DREAM IT. DO IT. SOUTHEAST INDIANA was selected as a winner of the fifth annual Progressive Manufacturing 100 Awards, selected by Managing publication, a division of Automation Media, a Thomas Publishing Company, LLC.

An independent judging panel chaired by David R. Brousell, Editor-in-Chief, Managing Automation Media, and Jeff Moad, Executive Editor, Managing Automation, reviewed project nominations. 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

The PM100 Winners will be honored and presented with their awards 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, June 9-11, at the Ritz-Carlton in Sarasota, Florida. More than 200 manufacturing technology executives are expected to attend. 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.

“We look forward to recognizing and celebrating our Winners in front of an audience of their peers across all facets of manufacturing at the Progressive Manufacturing Summit in Sarasota this June,” said Managing Automation Media Publisher Heather Holst-Knudsen. “In these challenging times, innovators and progressive manufacturers will be among the best positioned to capitalize on a shifting landscape, both in the US and globally.”

John Burnett, Chairman of the Southeast Indiana team, said, “We are extremely proud and honored to receive this prestigious award by an independent party that recognizes our efforts to help students, parents, teachers, and communities understand the connection between education attainment and great career opportunities that are and or will be available in our manufacturing economy.”

“Receiving this award provides validation that we are on the right track with our mission and strategies, which, relies on linking together advanced manufacturing education programs of the middle schools, thirty-four high schools, four Ivy Tech Community College sites, Indiana University Purdue University Columbus, Purdue College of Technology, Hanover College, six Work-One sites, and ten learning centers (one in each county) of our region into an aligned learning system,” said Jim Battin, Director of the Dream It. Do It. Southeast Indiana team.

“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 a PM100 winner 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 Dream It. Do It. Southeast Indiana
Indiana’s Region 9 Workforce Board and Economic Opportunities through Education 2015 (EcO15), in partnership with educators, businesses, government, and economic development officials throughout a 10-county area launched Dream It. Do It.- the first such initiative in Indiana and the fifth in the United States. The goal of Dream It. Do It. Southeast Indiana is to build a pipeline of future advanced manufacturing workers within the Southeast Indiana region to help boost the regional economy, as well as-to share best practices based on the needs of participating regional sites. Additional information can be found at

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


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