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Lenore Tracey, Director of Operations, +1 508-621-3601 Announces New Director of Business Development

Automation industry veteran builds partnerships throughout the industrial controls community

Houston, TX (September 10, 2001) - Inc., the global online community for control professionals, today announced at ISA/2001 in Houston, Texas, the appointment of Steve Harr as Director of Business Development. An experienced professional with over 20 years in the industrial automation and controls industry, Mr. Harr will be responsible for directing's marketing and sales programs, as well as developing new opportunities for the company's open controls services and Internet communities.

Most recently, Mr. Harr served as Industry Manager, Process Business Unit, at Rockwell Automation where he managed the introduction of a variety of continuous process control and batch solutions for the worldwide pulp and paper industry. Prior to that he served as Strategic Marketing Manager, US LIAD, at ABB where he directed the development and implementation of the company's Y2K Program for Paper Industry Customers. In addition, Mr. Harr managed the strategic marketing of ABB's distributed control systems to the U.S. pulp and paper industry.
Mr. Harr also held several sales and service management positions at Valmet Automation.

Mr. Harr is a recognized author in the controls industry and has been a featured speaker at both IEEE and ISA conferences. He holds an Executive MBA from the Duke Fuqua School of Business and has a BS degree in marketing with minors in industrial engineering and psychology from Penn State University.

"Steve's experience and ideas will be a huge asset as we continue to develop the technology, services, and community that bring together the manufacturing sector," said Ken Crater, CEO of "Steve's in-depth knowledge of the automation control industry is matched by a proven ability to deliver products and services that meet the needs of this demanding marketplace. In addition, his expertise in business development, global marketing, and operations will be extremely valuable in building strong partnerships while creating the internal infrastructure that is essential for quality service."

" has a compelling philosophy-to give the controls marketplace a voice about the types of products and services they want," said Steve Harr. " is recognized worldwide as a community where automation engineers come to share ideas and get real answers to real questions. We're listening to what they say about the types of services they want, their challenges, concerns, and preferences. Through the Web community and the company's new Open Control Laboratory, we will provide engineers with the opportunity to build truly interoperable systems based on open control standards."

About is the largest online community of control engineering professionals. Home to the Open Control Laboratory, the Automation ListÔ, and the PLCArchive™, the company hosts a growing technical knowledge base and variety of peer-to-peer forums that provide numerous opportunities for interchange in the control community. The company is advancing the industry toward the open control paradigm, where interoperability among different vendors' products allows designers to create control systems with the products that work best for their applications. plays a key role in the establishment of open control as the norm, through the integration, supply, service, and support of open systems and their components. For more information, visit

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Lenore Tracey
Director of Operations
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Westborough, MA 01581
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