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Grote Industries Wins 2008 PM50 Progressive Manufacturer Award Using Aras


Aras Helps Industry Leader Achieve World Class Operational Excellence

ANDOVER, Mass. - June 10, 2008 - Aras®, leading Microsoft enterprise open source software solution provider, today announced that Grote Industries has been named a winner of the 2008 Progressive Manufacturing PM50 Award by Managing Automation for a strategic business improvement initiative supported by Aras Innovator, the most advanced enterprise solution for Product Lifecycle Management [PLM] on the Microsoft platform. Grote Industries was selected as a winner by an independent panel of judges for achieving measurable business results in the transformation to a World Class automated environment.


"We are proud that the Aras Innovator enterprise open source solution for PLM has helped Grote Industries achieve a new level of operational excellence, and that Grote has been recognized as a winner of the 2008 PM50 award for the results they have accomplished," said Peter Schroer, President of Aras. "The power of the Microsoft open approach enables companies like Grote Industries all over the world to innovate more effectively to streamline processes and compete globally."


The PM50 award recognizes leading companies that are taking a progressive approach in their business using advanced technologies. The Progressive Manufacturing 50 Awards Program selects 50 companies that have achieved distinction in one or more of eight core disciplines including: Innovation Mastery, Data &Integration Mastery, Business Model Mastery, Supply Network Mastery, Customer Mastery, Training &Education Mastery, Leadership and Operational Excellence.


The complete Progressive Manufacturing PM50 award winners list is available at http://www.managingautomation.com/awards/2008winners.html


About Grote Industries
Grote Industries is the leading manufacturer and marketer of vehicle safety systems products, and is a QS-9000, TS/16949 and ISO 14001 certified company. Grote Industries makes LED, fluorescent and incandescent lamps, mirrors, wiring systems, turn signal switches, connection accessories and reflective accessories. Grote is headquartered in Madison, Indiana, with joint venture operations in Europe and Asia. For additional information visit www.grote.com


About Aras
Aras® is the leader in providing Microsoft enterprise open source solutions. Aras delivers the most advanced model-based service-oriented architecture [SOA] solutions for enterprise Product Lifecycle Management [PLM] on the Microsoft platform. Customers include Motorola, Rolls-Royce, Freudenberg, Lockheed Martin, Ingersoll Rand and ACCO Brands. Aras is privately held with global headquartered in Andover, Mass. For additional information visit www.aras.com