Two companies join GE Fanuc's Premier Solution Provider Program

GE Fanuc today announced that CH2M Hill IDC and Flexware Innovation have joined its Premier Solution Provider program. This designation is offered only to industry-leading systems integrators who have proven capabilities with GE Fanuc products and solutions and meet technical, operational and quality evaluations...

CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA, Sept. 16, 2005 -- GE Fanuc Automation Americas Inc., a unit of GE Industrial, has named CH2M Hill IDC, a leading provider of automation technology and integration services, as a new Premier Solution Provider.

GE Fanuc awards the Premier Solution Provider designation to industry-leading systems integrators who have proven capabilities with GE Fanuc products and solutions. Integrators must meet technical, operational and quality evaluations, and pass a rigorous audit process that includes an assessment of customer references and knowledge of automation system design and optimization.

"CH2M Hill IDC delivers client-focused solutions from initial concept through ongoing maintenance," said Steve Weller, program manager for GE Fanuc Automation. "With more than 15 years of experience implementing GE Fanuc solutions, CH2M Hill IDC is an excellent addition to the Premier Solution Provider program, and we are pleased to award them with this special designation."

Gary Mays, manager of CH2M Hill IDC's Instrumentation and Controls group, said, "By working closely with GE Fanuc, our customers will benefit from collaborative efforts around solution design, expert implementation, and technical support. We are very excited about the future of the GE Fanuc Premier Solution Provider program and look forward to sharing its advantages with our customers."

Flexware serves some of the world's largest automotive, assembly, pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturers. The company offers a variety of custom and commercially-available manufacturing IT and automation solutions.

"After more than eight years of implementing GE Fanuc Automation solutions, we are very excited about being added to their Premier Solution Provider Program," said Flexware president Scott Whitlock. "By working closely with GE Fanuc Automation and their channel partner, Industrial Network Systems, our customers will benefit from the collaborative efforts around marketing, sales and product implementation that we are able to provide."

Flexware Innovation (www.flexwareinnovation.com) was founded in 1996 to address the needs of modern manufacturing. By connecting the automated plant floor with existing business and accounting systems, the company gave executives real-time visibility of manufacturing operations. Its specific solutions include: manufacturing execution/shop floor management systems, electronic device/batch history records, tracking/genealogy, error proofing, manufacturing intelligence, and computer system validation.

Founded in 1985, CH2M Hill IDC (www.idc-ch2m.com) has been providing automation solutions to a diverse spectrum of industries, including microelectronics, nanotechnology, flat panel, solar, and technology-focused R&D. It's a full-service high technology facilities provider, serving advanced technology clients as planners, architects, engineers, process consultants, construction managers and facilities services professionals. It specializes in optimizing production, performance and ROI for technology-intensive projects of all sizes. Its resources include the 15,000 employees of the CH2M Hill enterprise, of which CH2M Hill IDC is a member. Together, they are one of the largest technology consulting firms in the United States, operating from more than 120 locations worldwide.

GE Fanuc Automation (www.gefanuc.com), a joint venture between GE and Fanuc Ltd., of Japan, delivers automation hardware and software designed to help users reduce costs, increase efficiency and enhance profitability. With solutions and services catering to virtually every industrial segment, GE Fanuc Automation provides a diverse array of capabilities and products, including controllers, embedded systems, advanced software, motion control, CNCs, operator interfaces, industrial computers, and lasers. Based in Charlottesville, Va., GE Fanuc Automation is a part of GE Industrial and combines the diverse global strengths of the GE family with the local presence customers need to design, develop and maintain their automation investments.

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