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25Feb/140

HENNINGER MEDIA SERVICES Celebrates 30 Years by Designing Its Facility of the Future


Arlington, VA (PRWEB) October 10, 2013

On the heels of celebrating its 30th anniversary as a leader in technology, innovation and creativity for the video production/post-production industry, Henninger Media Services ("HMS") solidified its commitment to the D.C. media market by signing a long-term lease for a brand new space at 1320 North Courthouse Road in Arlington, VA. The new ground-floor location will feature a customized build-out of over 20,000 square feet, with room to expand and ample parking. Construction will commence later this year, with a targeted move-in date of Spring 2014. HMS will design its facility of the future with an eye toward capitalizing on the rapid technological advancements in the media industry, applying green design and construction principles, and taking full advantage of its 25-foot ceilings. What will not change with this move is the HMS culture—a fun, collaborative environment among its staff and clients. "We owe the success of our first 30 years in business to the thousands of amazing people who have passed through our doors, and we look forward to continuing these relationships through a new doorway for years to come," says Rob Henninger, the company’s Founder and CEO.

The new location is within blocks of HMS’ current facility—the unassuming building at 2601 Wilson Boulevard—that has been home to the media company for the last 25 years. That space, which is actually five smaller buildings knit together, has seen constant adaptation, change and remodeling as Henninger has led the way through every major industry advance. "We’ve reached a point where the old infrastructure and installs get in the way of the new workflows and technology," says Sam Crawford, HMS’ Vice President of Technology. "Starting with a clean slate is an exciting opportunity. We will not only create an ultramodern facility, incorporating the years of experience and knowledge that has gotten us to this point, but we will also build in the flexibility needed to easily adopt future technologies."

The 30-year legacy of HMS would not be unfolding today without the acumen and fortitude of one person, Rob Henninger. However, if you had asked Rob about his life’s ambitions and goals in high school or college, starting a media company would not have been among them. At the time, the visionary behind HMS aspired to be an actor and playwright. After graduating from the College of William and Mary with a degree in theatre and speech, he joined the Washington Theatre Club, only to soon find himself transitioning into the role of film gaffer, soundman, and ultimately editor. Then, in 1983, Henninger realized he was on the ground floor of a rapidly-changing video industry and saw an opportunity: "I found a Sony Beta I editing system that I could use to edit video offline using the techniques and style that I used to edit film. It worked pretty well, but back then the bigger challenge was the costs incurred at the online facilities. I started thinking of ways to improve quality and efficiency while reducing costs, and I realized that the best way to implement those ideas was to start my own place." Thus, in a small sublet space in Rosslyn, VA, Rob launched Henninger Video. Rather than writing plays and acting, Henninger was soon busy helping filmmakers bring their scripts to life on the screen.

As the business grew and moved to successively larger spaces, finally moving into their current space in 1988, HMS’ influence on the industry steadily grew as well. HMS was among the first companies to embrace digital video, non-linear editing, digital audio, and many more technologies that have since become commonplace in today’s media landscape.

Since its inception as Henninger Video, the media services company has always deemed providing exceptional client service, both creatively and personally, as the company’s highest priority. "I feel there is an inherent dignity that grows out of good service," says Henninger. "It’s an art in itself and reflects our fundamental commitment to our clients’ success." While technology continues to change, it is the human element that is the heart and soul of the company. Eric Hansen, HMS’ Chief Operating Officer, identifies with the family-like culture at the company. "I have always been in awe of the talent and expertise that roam the halls of HMS," shares Hansen. "It’s not just about a group of individuals having 10, 20, 30 years of experience in the media industry. For most people who work here—staff and clients alike—it’s about having 10, 20, 30 years of experience with each other. This level of camaraderie, collaboration, and loyalty is a rare thing these days."

As the company moves into its fourth decade, Rob Henninger looks forward optimistically. "As one of the foundational pillars of HMS—‘Best in Innovation’—we will continue to embrace emerging technologies," Henninger shares. "We strongly believe that being at the forefront of change allows us to offer the most comprehensive services to our team and clients; creating the best environment for creativity and success." Most recently, HMS announced its capability to master projects in 4K Ultra HD. With the expansion of technology comes the attraction of new clients. "As we've implemented new strategies, we have been able to draw the attention of media companies outside of the D.C. Market," states Hansen. "We've developed strong relationships with clients in New York and Florida over the past couple years, with high-profile projects ranging from sports programming to reality series and documentaries."

In addition to celebrating a landmark anniversary and building a sleek new facility, HMS has other reasons to celebrate. Earlier this year, long-time HMS client Fine Films won the Oscar for Best Documentary Short Subject with "Inocente," which was post produced at the HMS facility. A number of other client films are doing well on the festival circuit, thanks in part to HMS’ quality work. The company is also rapidly growing its business through collaborative "four wall" partnerships with independent producers, production companies, as well as some networks—its current facility of more than 35 post-production suites has been operating at near or full capacity, and the company looks forward to building on this new concept in their new facility. With a growing and diverse roster of clients and projects, Henninger Media Services is building for the future, writing its own script for many more years in D.C.’s media industry.

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ABOUT HENNINGER MEDIA SERVICES

Celebrating 30 years in the industry, Henninger Media Services (HMS) provides video editing, audio, graphics, Blu-ray and DVD authoring, telecine, QC, duplication and distribution solutions to a diverse client base; including broadcast, corporate, advertising, non-profit, and government. Located in Arlington, Virginia, HMS offers services in 4K Ultra HD, High Definition, surround sound, 3D convergence and finishing, and film transferring. Complete information about Henninger Media Services may be found at http://www.henninger.com.







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11Feb/140

Scambook Offers 5 New Year’s Resolution Tips to Protect Consumers from Scams and Fraud in 2014


Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) December 12, 2013

Scambook, the Internet's leading complaint resolution platform, is urging the public to make a New Year's Resolution to become Scam-Proof in 2014. As many consumers use the New Year to implement positive lifestyle changes, Scambook suggests taking time to organize personal security to protect against scams, fraud and identity theft in 2014.

“We've been tracking consumer complaints and scams for 2013 and have developed a list of ways that consumers can become more secure,” said Kase Chong, Director of Marketing at Scambook. "Most of these anti-scam safety tips are free, easy and virtually anyone can do them."

Anyone can be a victim of a scam, so to decrease the odds for fraud, identity theft, and even computer viruses, Scambook advises a few simple lifestyle changes to boost your protection:

1.    Increase Online & Mobile Security. It’s important for consumers to always have up-to-date anti-virus software and scheduled scans on their computers. Coupled with a secure Internet connection and recent information on the latest cyber threats, individual’s personal information will remain protected. Scambook also advises consumers with mobile smartphones to use an access password or other security measures, such as the Touch ID Lock on Apple's new iPhone 5S.

2.    Change Account Passwords. Experts recommend changing account passwords every three months and using different passwords for each account to keep email, online bank, and social media profiles safe. A mix of capital letters, lowercase letters, and numbers that don’t have direct connection to a person’s identity are ideal. Users should also opt-in for 2 Step Verification where offered.

3.    Get a Gmail Account and Use Google Voice. Gmail is 100% free and consumers are advised to create a new, separate account to use for less personal website logins or mailing lists. If this second email falls into the hands of a scammer, they won't have access to the personal information connected to the regular email account. Google Voice similarly allows the creation of a new phone number that can be given out, keeping primary numbers protected.

4.    Check Bills Online Every Day. Online bills and financial accounts only take a few minutes to scan for bad charges. Once familiar with personal accounts, it's easy to spot suspicious activity and take action. The sooner a fraudulent charge is seen, the sooner it can be successfully disputed. Consumers should also request a free credit report from http://www.AnnualCreditReport.com if they have not already done so.

5.    Organize Important Legal Documents. Gather your original birth certificate, passport, Social Security card, marriage certificate, car titles, home deeds and other important documents to keep in one safe place such as a secure fire-proof safe in the home or a safety deposit box at the local bank.

By implementing these 5 tips, consumers will be better equipped to protect themselves against fraud, scams and identity theft in the coming year. For more information, visit http://www.scambook.com/blog.

ABOUT SCAMBOOK

Scambook is an online complaint resolution platform dedicated to obtaining justice for victims of fraud with unprecedented speed and accuracy. By building communities and providing resources on the latest scams, Scambook arms consumers with the up-to-date information they need to stay on top of emerging schemes. Since its inception, Scambook has resolved over $ 18 million in reported consumer damages. For more information, visit scambook.com.







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2Feb/140

50 Years Old and Still Bounding Over the Counter: Klines Healthcare Practice Continues to Deliver Unmatched OTC Market Intelligence


Parsippany, NJ (PRWEB UK) 24 September 2013

With over half a century of market insights on the U.S. consumer healthcare market, Kline & Company expects that new paradigm shifts in regulations, retail, and technology will create new opportunities for medications to move along the Rx-to-OTC continuum and more growth prospects for the U.S. OTC market. Additionally, with the OTC medication market in the United States nearing $ 23 billion in 2012 alone and with the FDA - through its recent NSURE (Nonprescription Safe Use Regulatory Expansion) initiative - showing encouraging indications that it is becoming more receptive to allowing more Rx-to-OTC switches, the U.S. OTC market is fast returning to pre-recession health.

Celebrating its 50th anniversary, Kline’s distinguished Nonprescription Drugs USA report continues to provide the most comprehensive market intelligence expanding its longstanding OTC drugs industry know-how to include indispensable research on related topics including Natural OTCs, OTC Retailing, OTC Innovations, Impact of Recessions on the U.S. OTC Market, OTC Drugs: U.S. Competitor Cost Structures, OTC Consumer/Shopper Insights and a series of reports on Rx-to-OTC Switch.

In recent years, the U.S. OTC market has been hindered by significant product recalls by major players, with the resultant vacuum - abetted by recession-affected ever cost-conscious consumers - largely claimed by private-label alternatives. Laura Mahecha, industry manager at Kline’s Healthcare Practice, adds, “The impact and profound magnitude of ongoing economic uncertainty is borne out by more than half of respondents in a recent Kline survey disclosing that they’d changed how they purchased OTC drugs. Specifically, nearly a quarter of those surveyed choose private label OTC drugs whenever possible because of their perceived cost advantage.”

Despite the stronghold private-label products have on the market and the highly competitive nature of this market, there is still room for OTC brands to grow and prosper in the coming years with increased focus from major companies on innovations, new product launches and line extensions, and strategic marketing plans.

Currently, Rx-to-OTC switches continue to be a major force driving the OTC market as they increasingly involve large widely used products and drive demand by bringing ex-Rx users to the OTC market. Major Rx-to-OTC switches introduced since 1976 account for nearly $ 4,555 million in sales in 2012 and represent 32.8% of overall OTC sales (excluding home diagnostics, vitamins and minerals, and herbal products). The increased numbers of switch approvals by the FDA are expected to lead to future gains for the U.S. OTC market and could even create brand new, never-before-available-without-a-prescription categories.

The U.S. OTC market has evolved markedly, beginning with the FDA establishing an OTC review/Monograph system in the 1970s and the landmark Rx-to-OTC switch of hydrocortisone and its subsequent inclusion in OTC first-aid and anti-itch medications. The 1980s saw a recession fuelled spike in private-label OTC sales and the approval of ibuprofen as an OTC drug, in addition to the approval of many allergy, cough, and cold ingredients bringing brands like Nyquil, Benadryl, Triaminic, and Actifed to market.

View our 50 year overview graphic on Evolution of the U.S. OTC Market 1963-2013.

Download the file here or copy paste http://bit.ly/50yearsNPD.

There are challenges for OTC marketers including but not limited to private-label competition, retailer SKU rationalization, cost-conscious consumers, consolidated number of competitors, and increased scrutiny of manufacturing and quality assurance procedures. However, opportunities exist to see increased levels of growth over the next few years for the companies that have solid brands, good claims, strategic marketing, a steady stream of innovations and line extensions, and efficient and compliant processes.







26Jan/140

New Name, Same Philosophy: Iconic Houston Architecture Firm, MG Architects, Formerly McCleary German Architects, Celebrates 75 Years by Announcing Their New Brand

Houston, TX (PRWEB) September 17, 2013

McCleary German Architects is celebrating its 75th anniversary with a transformation that reflects both pride in its history and a renewed vision for the future: McCleary German Architects is now MG Architects.

In 1938, McCleary German Architects founder Thompson McCleary set a standard for uncompromised excellence in design, a standard that thrived for more than three generations under the direction of Dale McCleary and Bill German. In 1998, the firm welcomed new owners and principals Eric Batte and Scott Clanton who continue the signature approach to excellence.

“While our brand is changing to reflect our ever-evolving suite of architectural design services, what isn’t changing at MG Architects is just as important,” says Mr. Batte. MG Architects continues to provide each of its clients with the expansive resources of a large firm, but also continue to enhance every project with direct, personal attention from project conception to completion.

Utilizing traditional architectural and design principles while incorporating state of the art technology, MG Architects has created innovative, thought-provoking, and highly efficient spaces for more than 1,100 free-standing bank projects, as well as multistory office, corporate interiors, and retail and graphics projects. All reflect MG Architects’ commitment to focused, one-on-one approach to client partnerships—a standard that remains constant, regardless of its name.

“We remain passionately committed to beautiful and sustainable architecture, intelligent and inspired project solutions, and uncommon service excellence,” adds Mr. Clanton. “And like all of our projects, our client relationships are built to last.”

MG Architects has repeatedly demonstrated their flexibility and willingness to listen and respond promptly,” attests Timothy N. Bryan, CEO, The Bank & Trust of Bryan/College Station. “I am confident that MG Architects will demonstrate the same value.... Once you work with them, you'll go back again and again.”

MG Architects is proud to be the sole architecture firm endorsed by The Independent Bankers Association of Texas (IBAT), whose members have long entrusted their design needs to the firm’s enduring vision of excellence. Accordingly, MG Architects’ new identity will be revealed to this esteemed membership at the 39th Annual IBAT Convention, set for September 21 through 24, 2013 in San Antonio, Texas.

Read the full story on MG Architects’ rebrand at http://www.mgarchitects.com. For interviews or media inquiries, please contact Branch PR at 713-515-1204 or abbey(at)branchpr(dot)com.







20Oct/130

Bayer CropScience Celebrates 150 Years of Innovation; Asks for 150 Perspectives on the Future of Farming


Research Triangle Park, N.C. (PRWEB) August 16, 2013

Bayer CropScience today launched its 150 Perspectives Campaign to encourage discussions around the future of agriculture among growers, consumers and others in agribusiness. The campaign is part of the 150th anniversary celebration of Bayers mission and their commitment to Science For A Better Life.

To help propel the future of farming over the next 150 years, now through Sept. 16, the company is asking for viewpoints and fresh thinking about the future of agriculture at http://www.150perspectives.bayer.com or on Twitter with #150Perspectives. Responses will be featured at Bayer CropSciences Farm Progress Show booth (Lot 441), as well as through various social media channels. Visitors to the site can explore a gallery of responses and entries on how others view the next 150 years of agriculture.

Bayer CropScience is committed to cultivating ideas and answers that sustain and enrich our environment and growing population, said Jim Blome, president and CEO, Bayer CropScience LP. That is why we, together with growers, consumers and other agricultural stakeholders, are thinking ahead 150 years to ensure a better life for all of us and future generations.

Participants who submit text or photo answers to the question How do you see the future of agriculture? will be entered into a sweepstakes. One grand-prize winner will be awarded $ 500 in cash, and four additional people will win $ 250 to put toward brightening their futures on and off the farm. Additionally, growers can earn up to $ 150 in cash-equivalent Innovation Plus points by entering the sweepstakes, sharing entries on social media and bringing the sweepstakes confirmation email or direct mail invitation to check in at the photo booth or Innovation Plus area inside the Bayer CropScience booth at Farm Progress Show 2013.* See official rules for details.

At the 2013 Farm Progress Show, Bayer CropScience is celebrating the innovation and collaborations necessary to help growers enhance food security by increasing yields and producing healthy fuel, feed and fiber crops. Guests at the booth will explore integrated solutions to growers toughest challenges as they walk through One World to Grow On. This interactive exhibit identifies four pivotal decision-making times in the growing seasonPlan for Success, Establish a Healthy Crop, Maintain the Potential and Successful Harvest, and provides technical information on flagship brands like Corvus

15Oct/130

Vound is Proud to Sponsor HTCIA International the Years Premier Event for ESI Investigation Specialists

Salt Lake City, UT (PRWEB) August 31, 2013

From September 8-11, the High Technology Crime Investigation Associations annual conference in Summerlin, NV will bring together professional investigators and leading technology experts to grow and share knowledge on issues related to computer forensics and cybercrime. The conference features a potent combination of authoritative lectures, hands-on lab sessions and knowledge-sharing. The HTCIA conference always plays a key roll in ensuring that Intella meets the distinctive needs of the wide range of investigations undertaken by local and international HTCIA members.

New Products to Showcase

With the release of Intella 1.7, Vound is introducing a new product, Intella Connect, that offers an advanced browser based interface with a focus on ease of use, case collaboration and simplicity of delivery to investigators for searching cases. Intella Connect was designed to be hosted right on your own network and does not require the investigators to install any software.

Produced in Collaboration with Clients

Peter Mercer, Founder and CTO of Vound, says, We are able to deliver superior products by listening to our customers and developing our software to their requirements. Ease of use and improving our users productivity has always been our mantra. Many of our customers report greater case loads and larger case sizes. By developing our software to intelligently simplify the complex task of computer forensics we can enable quality results for law enforcement professionals of all technological skill levels.

Proven Effective in the Field

Recognizing the power of Vounds flagship software, a law enforcement agency in the European Union supplies Intella to detectives so that they can personally review case emails and electronic files under investigation.

Generates Fast Results

Intella enables law enforcement professionals, worldwide, to find what they need faster than ever before. In fact, investigators have reported up to an 80% increase in productivity.







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12Oct/130

NCWIT AspireIT Program Brings Girls into Tech during Critical Middle School Years


Boulder, CO (PRWEB) August 07, 2013

The National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT) has launched a new pilot program, NCWIT AspireIT, that addresses the lack of women in technology by actively engaging middle school girls with computing. NCWIT AspireIT pairs female high school and college computing students with local colleges and K-12 education non-profits to create and run technology outreach programs for middle school girls. NCWIT AspireIT is supported by Intel, Northrop Grumman, and Google.

In its 2013-2014 pilot year, NCWIT AspireIT will grant more than $ 100,000 to 24 programs -- including summer camps, after-school programs, clubs, and weekend workshops -- providing more than 25,000 instruction hours to more than 800 girls in 15 states. At full scale, NCWIT AspireIT is on-track to serve more than 8,000 middle school girls per year, providing high-quality, inspiring, computing education and outreach with long-term impact.

"The participation of women in tech is so dismal and the situation so dire that we need a big, bold approach that can scale to the tens of thousands, quickly, said Ruthe Farmer, NCWIT Director of Strategic Initiatives. NCWIT AspireIT has the potential to effectively double the number of girls taking high school technology courses in just a few years.

NCWIT AspireIT capitalizes on a "near-peer" approach, giving middle school girls a hands-on, inspiring introduction to technology from young women just a few years ahead of them in the pipeline. AspireIT participants also join the NCWIT Aspirations in Computing Talent Development Initiative, which supports young women through each of the critical transitions along the pathway to a career in technology: from middle to high school, high school to college, college to internships or graduate school, and into the technology workforce.

About NCWIT

The National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT) is a non-profit community of more than 450 universities, companies, non-profits, and government organizations nationwide working to increase womens participation in computing and technology. NCWIT helps organizations more effectively recruit, retain, and advance girls and women in K-12 through college education, and from academic to corporate and startup careers. Find out more at http://www.ncwit.org.







21Sep/130

UFP Technologies Celebrates 20 Years of Molded Fiber Packaging


Clinton, Iowa (PRWEB) August 08, 2013

For 20 years, UFP Technologies, Inc. has designed and manufactured custom molded fiber packaging products for customers across North America and Europe. Founded in Westbrook, Maine in the Fall of 1990, the company (then known as Moulded Fibre Technologies) was a pioneer in transforming the technology used to create egg cartons into a viable protective packaging medium for light industrial goods, consumer electronics, and health and beauty products. In 1993 Moulded Fibre Technologies was acquired by UFP (founded in 1963), and subsequently UFP Technologies, Inc. went public trading on the NASDAQ (UFPT).

Molded fiber packaging is made from 100% recycled newspaper which is pulped into a slurry with water. The slurry is then formed into the final packaging parts. The end result is a 100% recyclable protective packaging product that is environmentally friendly and can be placed into curb-side recycling bins. Since the material has always been recycled newspaper, UFP Technologies has been able support the growing sentiment and initiatives by consumers and U.S. companies alike about the importance of recyclability in packaging.

Over the past 20 years UFP Technologies has grown into the largest manufacturer of custom designed molded fiber interior protective packaging in North America. By remaining at the forefront of technologies such as hot-pressing (providing a smooth finish to packaging parts for a more aesthetically pleasing presentation), continuously improving manufacturing operations to allow for smaller and more practical runs by its customers, and sophisticated designs by highly skilled packaging engineers to protect fragile products such as personal computers weighing over 30lbs, UFP Technologies has become a trusted leader in this industry. UFP Technologies has also introduced complimentary services and products from its molded fiber packaging operations such as environmentally friendly color additives to match a customers brand, and a line of protective packaging products for wine bottles, WinePacks

31Jul/130

Ayata Celebrates 10 Years of Big Data Software, Helping Customers See and Shape the Future with Prescriptive Analytics

Austin, TX (PRWEB) May 29, 2013

Ayata, the inventor of prescriptive analytics software for big data, is celebrating its 10-year anniversary. Ayata started as a research laboratory for developing the third and final stage of big data analytics - prescriptive analytics. Since then, the companys prescriptive analytics software has been used by major high-tech and energy customers such as Cisco, Microsoft, Dell, and Apache Corporation to manage sales, improve customer service, launch new products, streamline parts logistics and increase oil production.

Before Ayata, companies could only use big data tools for descriptive and predictive analytics. While these two stages have proven to be tremendously valuable, companies have sought software to not just describe the past and predict the future, but prescribe actions that can improve future performance.

Ayata's patented technology for prescriptive analytics combines thousands of variables from numeric-based structured data as well as unstructured data such as images, videos, texts and sounds. By using both types of data, Ayata software provides a more complete picture of future outcomes along with time-sensitive prescriptions to improve them.

Ayatas prescriptive analytics software has several applications in the oil and gas industry. For example, more than 90 percent of the one million oil producing wells in the world use artificial lift pumps to push hydrocarbons to the surface. Ayata software can predict pump failures and preempt production loss due to pump failures.

Ayatas prescriptive analytics technology has the potential to make a significant impact in the oil and gas industry, said Ayata CEO Atanu Basu. Hundreds of thousands of barrels of oil are lost every day due to unpredictable electronic submersible pump failures. Ayatas software can predict not only what pumps might fail, when and why, but also prescribe actions to minimize the anticipated production loss. Our technology can do the same for other types of artificial lift mechanisms.

About Ayata

Ayata is a big data analytics software company focused on prescriptive analytics with hybrid data. Ayatas software helps large corporations see and shape the future of their mission critical processes. Prescriptive analytics is the science of automatically synthesizing big data with mathematical and computational sciences to make smarter decisions about the future. Ayatas prescriptive analytics software not only predicts future outcomes, but also prescribes decision options to improve the predicted future and shows the impact of each decision option. Ayatas customers include Fortune 500 corporations in energy and high-tech industries. For more information on Ayata, visit http://www.ayata.com







26Jul/130

Bison Gear Celebrates 50 Years of Excellence


St. Charles, IL (PRWEB) January 26, 2010

Today, over 200 employees of Bison Gear & Engineering Corp. gathered to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the founding of the St. Charles, Illinois headquartered gearmotor manufacturer. Bison was established in 1960 by three Chicago area entrepreneurs who derived the company's name from their last initials of B-S-N. The company began as a producer of gears and today manufactures gearmotors, electric motors and gear reducers for hundreds of customers ranging from successful entrepreneurial OEMs to many multinational industrial and commercial equipment OEMs. As one example of its success, Bison gearmotors are used in a wide variety of foodservice equipment found in virtually every fast food establishment throughout the world.

"While Bison's continuous growth and development have been driven by our many loyal customers, to whom we are very thankful, it would not have been possible without the commitment to excellence that has driven our associates now for half a century," said Ron Bullock, Bison chairman and owner. "Going forward, Bison's strong focus on skills training and research and development will ensure our next half century of success as an American manufacturer."

Beginning as a producer of gears and designer of custom gear reducers, by the late 1960s Bison's engineering expertise, quality systems and production controls were instrumental in Bison winning a contract to supply critical gear sets for use in surface to air missiles. Bison's continuous improvement efforts maintain that relationship through three generations of missile systems. By the 1970s Bison had designed a line of standard gear reducers and gearmotors sold through national distribution.

In 1981, Ron Bullock joined Bison as vice president of marketing and engineering and subsequently purchased the company in 1987. Shortly thereafter, Bison acquired Ram Tool Corporation as the basis for Bison's entry into DC motor production. In 1996, Bison's expanding standard product line of fractional horsepower gearmotors and its growing OEM customer base were accommodated by its move to a new 115,000 sq. ft. production facility in St. Charles, Illinois. Bison entered the 21st Century as possibly the only American manufacturer investing in new domestic AC motor production in order to better serve its customers by shortening the supply chain, while yielding greater versatility.

Today, Bison employs Baldrige criteria for performance excellence and drives a Lean Six Sigma enterprise to ensure customer satisfaction, while still serving its first OEM customer. Entering its semicentennial year, Bison continues with dynamic new product and technology introductions like its new 39 Frame AC motor line, which offers greater torque density in a smaller package, while extending Bison's line of Verdant Duty AC gearmotors.

About Bison Gear & Engineering Corp.

Founded in 1960, Bison Gear & Engineering Corp. designs and manufactures fractional horsepower electric motors, gearmotors and gear reducers used in industrial and commercial OEM applications worldwide. Bison's strong engineering tradition, based on Robusticity principles, offers products with up to twice as much torque in the same package size as competitors. Bison's St. Charles, Illinois integrated production facility manufactures gearmotors and reducers in parallel shaft and right angle configurations, as well as AC and DC electric motors, for applications where dependability and long lifetimes are important. All web and catalog products are supported by Bison's In-Stock, Instant-Ship (ISIS) program, which ensures immediate delivery of standard products. http://www.bisongear.com.

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