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AUTOMATION NEWS NETWORK: UPDATED AND EXPANDED INDUSTRIAL LOCATOR DATABASE REALIZES 25 PERCENT GROWTH IN SEVEN MONTHS

 PITTSBURGH, Nov. 4 /PRNewswire/ -- More than 4,000 western Pennsylvania and West Virginia engineers and purchasing agents have received the updated and expanded Version 2.2 of Automation News Network's (A.N.N.'s) Industrial Locator.
 The Locator is an easy-to-use, network-ready PC database that links local buyers with local suppliers. More than 17,000 industrial products and services are featured, a 70 percent increase over the original version, which listed more high-tech, automation-related products and services. Also, many new features have been added to the Locator, including automatic dialing to suppliers, a personal notepad and expanded communications software to access A.N.N.'s online service, IndustryNET.
 Functioning as an "electronic yellow pages," the Industrial Locator was introduced in western Pennsylvania and West Virginia this past March. Included among its 5,000-plus product and service categories are new headings, such as valves, gaskets, machining services, paint applicators, racks and pinions and environmental remediation services.
 "More than 4,000 engineers and purchasing agents have received the updated and expanded Industrial Locator. This reflects a 25 percent increase in just seven months," said Diane McGuire, general manager of A.N.N.'s regional office in Pittsburgh.
 A.N.N.'s research shows that purchasing goods and services from regional suppliers has become more practical than ever because industrial firms have downsized their engineering and purchasing departments, while national manufacturers and industrial suppliers have cut costs by centralizing their regional sales offices.
 The company has also developed region-specific industrial purchasing software for, and established regional offices in Michigan, Indiana, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, southern New Jersey, Delaware, southern Ohio and Kentucky. By year's end, A.N.N. will have expanded to Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota and North Carolina. These combined regions comprise 68 percent of the U.S. industrial base. A.N.N. is an industrial marketing information company headquartered in Pittsburgh.
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 /CONTACT: Diane McGuire of Automation News Network, 412-967-3500/


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