Top Global Companies Named Finalists in Prestigious Ergonomics Competition

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The Boeing Co., Caterpillar Inc. and Honda of America will join more than 20 global companies from across the world for the 2009 Ergo Cup® awards at the Applied Ergonomics Conference March 23-26 in Reno, Nev. Press representatives may attend the conference at no charge.

More than 20 prominent companies from across the world will compete in the prestigious 2009 Ergo Cup® awards competition at the Applied Ergonomics Conference and Expo in Reno, Nev., March 23-26. Presented by the Institute of Industrial Engineers (IIE) and sponsored by The Ergonomics Center of North Carolina, the Ergo Cup competition, an exclusive part of the Ergo conference, acknowledges companies that demonstrate outstanding ergonomic solutions in the areas of training, engineering and teamwork.

Each finalist demonstrates ergonomic innovations that have saved its company money, reduced injuries and increased employee morale. A judging panel of master ergonomists will select winners whose solutions excel in the following three categories: Ergonomics Training, Team-Driven Workplace Solutions and Engineering/Ergonomist-Driven Workplace Solutions. Winners are selected based on stringent criteria including innovation, simplicity, cost savings, ergonomic risk and presentation quality.

"Honda participates in the Ergo Cup as a means to reward our associates by allowing them to showcase their projects with other companies and organizations, as well as learn what others have done. Winning the very competitive Ergo Cup event, of course, becomes an added bonus for Honda," said Jose Banaag, ergonomics leader for Honda of America Manufacturing Inc. and recipient of the 2008 Ergo Cup.

The Applied Ergonomics Conference and Expo is a distinguished event within the ergonomics industry. Past competitors include Northrop Grumman, Johnson & Johnson (Belgium & France), General Electric (Budapest), Toyota, Dell, Bridgestone/Firestone, and Ford Motor Co. The conference includes in-depth pre-conference workshops, the Certified Professional Ergonomist (CPE) exam, more than 75 educational sessions and panel discussions, facility tours, keynote speakers, exhibits and more. This year, special sessions will be created and managed by the Department of Defense Ergonomics team and the American Society for Safety Engineers (ASSE).

For complete information on the Applied Ergonomics Conference or to learn more about Ergo Cup® finalists and entering the competition, visit IIE's Applied Ergonomics Web site at http://www.iienet.org/ergo09.

About IIE
IIE is the world's largest professional society dedicated solely to the support of industrial engineers as well as other professionals who improve quality and productivity. Founded in 1948, IIE is an international, nonprofit association with approximately 15,000 members that provides leadership for the application, education, training, research and development of industrial and systems engineering. IIE hosts four conferences annually, produces four publications, offers corporate and classroom training and supports member chapters around the world. Visit IIE online at http://www.iienet.org.

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