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Aras Customer Structural Concepts Corporation Named Finalist for the Progressive Manufacturer of the Year Award

Aras helps Structural Deliver Industry Leading Quality with Shorter Lead Times

LAWRENCE , MASS. - April 18, 2006 - Aras Corporation, a premier provider of enterprise product development software solutions for performance driven companies, today announced that Structural Concepts Corporation has been named one of five finalists for theProgressive Manufacturer of the Year Award presented by Managing Automation.

The Progressive Manufacturer of the Year Award recognizes a manufacturer who has mastered multiple technological and business disciplines to achieve and sustain a competitive advantage in the global marketplace. The five finalists, selected by an independent panel of judges, were singled out for their progressive use of technology to transform manufacturing.

Structural Concepts' strategic improvement initiative with Aras is transforming the company's ability to deliver value to customers. The initiative has enabled Structural to combine innovative products and industry leading quality with shorter lead times and a greater level of customer responsiveness. Using Aras solutions Structural Concepts' product development is synchronized throughout the entire process across marketing, engineering, quality, and manufacturing delivering to schedule as order complexity increases and volumes continue to ramp up enabling the company to extend its market leadership and further expand the business.

Award winners will be announced on June 13th 2006 at the 2006 Progressive Manufacturing Summit. Details about the conference are available at

About the Progressive Manufacturing Summit and Awards
The 2006 Progressive Manufacturing Awards Finalists can be viewed at Managing Automations 2006 Progressive Manufacturing Summit ( ) takes place June 11 - 13 at the Green Valley Ranch Resort in Las Vegas, NV. The program will focus on the steps necessary for progressive manufacturers to compete - and excel - in the global market. Attendees will be senior level executives from small, medium and large manufacturing companies. Manufacturing executives will develop a roadmap for progressive manufacturing transformation; Learn how to identify and use technologies to create competitive advantage; Meet and network with business and technology executives from other companies who enable transformation; Share best practices with finalists and winners of the Progressive Manufacturing Awards; Discuss the future of manufacturing, and how to harness trends such as outsourcing, data integration and demand-driven manufacturing to enable innovation.

About Structural Concepts Corporation
Established in 1973, Structural Concepts has over 30 years of experience in designing and building innovative temperature controlled display cases. Structural Concepts provides foodservice, supermarket and convenient store operators with an extensive array of display products designed to merchandise bakery, deli, floral, grab n go products, produce and other specialty foods. Customers include Wal*Mart, McDonalds, Starbucks, Hilton Hotels and numerous other recognized leaders in the food retailing and foodservice industries. For additional information visit

About Aras Corporation
Aras Corporation delivers practical, affordable product development software solutions for performance driven companies. Product engineering, quality planning, and program management solutions provide a process-oriented approach to product lifecycle management [PLM] helping companies achieve alignment with customer requirements, ensure new product margins, and shorten development cycles. The underlying Aras Innovator™ application framework is a next generation model-based, service-oriented architecture [SOA] in Microsoft® .NET with unmatched flexibility enabling companies to deploy solutions quickly and adapt easily at a Total Cost of Ownership far lower than conventional enterprise systems. Customers include Rolls-Royce, Freudenberg-NOK, Ingersoll-Rand and ACCO Swingline. Aras is privately held and headquartered in Lawrence, Mass. For additional information call [978] 691-8900 or visit