IPC Honors 15 Member Companies with IPC Founders Awards Proving There Is Life After 40

BANNOCKBURN, Ill., ― Association Connecting Electronics Industries® presented 15 member companies with the first-ever IPC Founders Awards for their continuous site memberships of 40 or more years. The companies were recognized during a 50th Anniversary Luncheon at the IPC Midwest Conference & Exhibition on September 26, 2007.

Award recipient companies represented a cross section of original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), suppliers and printed board companies located in North America, Asia and Europe. IPC Founders Awards were presented to:

Ruwel AG. (Geldern, Germany; 40 years) 
Rohm and Haas (Freeport, N.Y.; 40 years) 
Yamanashi Avionics Co. (Yamanashi, Japan; 40 years) 
BGF Industries Inc. (Greensboro, N.C.; 41 years) 
The Boeing Company (Seattle, Wash.; 41 years) 
Hexcel (Anderson, S.C.; 41 years) 
Rockwell Collins (Cedar Rapids, Iowa; 42 years) 
Sypris Electronics LLC (Tampa, Fla.; 42 years) 
E.I. du Pont de Nemours and Co. (Circleville, Ohio; 43 years) 
Harris Corporation (Melbourne, Fla.; 43 years) 
Honeywell Corporation (Clearwater, Fla.; 43 years) 
Rogers Corporation (Rogers, Conn.; 43 years) 
Isola Group SARL (Chandler, Ariz; 47 years) 
Endicott Interconnect Technologies (Endicott, N.Y.; 48 years) 
Lockheed Martin Corporation (Oswego, N.Y.; 48 years)

“Over the years, these companies have experienced significant changes ― evolving with their dynamic industry, and in many cases, with new leadership and new names. The fact that these companies are still here today is a testament to their successes in managing, innovating, and serving, first as pioneers and now as leaders,” praised Denny McGuirk, president of IPC. “It has certainly been IPC’s privilege to serve them over these many years, and to work with them in strengthening our industry. These companies continue to pave the way for innovation and IPC salutes them.”

Accepting the award on behalf of Rockwell Collins, Wayne Flory, senior director, Advanced Operations and Services said, “Rockwell Collins has enjoyed a truly collaborative relationship with IPC and its members for the past 42 years. The ability to work with industry experts on a global scale allows us to jointly solve problems more quickly and to apply standards which benefit our company and the entire industry. We are pleased to help celebrate the many achievements of IPC over the past 50 years because we realize many of our own accomplishments have been made possible through the relationships developed here.”

For additional information on the IPC Founders Awards or the award recipients, contact Anna Garrido, IPC director of marketing and communications, at +1 847-597-2804 or AnnaGarrido@ipc.org.

About IPC

IPC (www.ipc.org) is a global trade association based in Bannockburn, Ill., dedicated to the competitive excellence and financial success of its 2,500 member companies which represent all facets of the electronics interconnect industry, including design, printed circuit board manufacturing and electronics assembly. As a member-driven organization and leading source for industry standards, training, market research and public policy advocacy, IPC supports programs to meet the needs of an estimated $1.5 trillion global electronics industry. IPC maintains additional offices in Taos, N.M.; Arlington, Va.; Garden Grove, Calif.; Stockholm, Sweden; and Shanghai, China.