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Applied Manufacturing Technologies Inc. Acquires K-R Automation

Orion, MI - March 7, 2008, – Applied Manufacturing Technologies Inc. (AMT), a supplier of factory automation design, engineering and process consulting services announced that it has acquired K-R Automation, a Warren, MI-based automation controls design, engineering and panel manufacturing company. The acquisition is effective immediately, and is expected to enhance AMT’s ability to meet growing customer demand for controls engineering, design, software and panel fabrication.

“K-R has been one of the premier controls engineering companies in factory automation for over 50 years,” noted Mike Jacobs, president and CEO of AMT. “K-R’s customer-first culture and high caliber team will be a perfect fit with AMT’s existing controls business, our other automation engineering departments, and our core values and service ethic. We’re fortunate to bring these organizations together to better serve our customers.”

“I’m proud to have K-R become part of Applied Manufacturing Technologies,” commented John Frank, president and CEO of K-R Automation. “Our customers and the automation market as a whole have clearly indicated that they value the level of integrated engineering AMT is now delivering. Bringing these companies together will enable AMT to deliver higher customer value to all industries we serve.”

K-R Automation will be folded into AMT’s existing operations. AMT will maintain K-R’s current manufacturing and engineering facility at Centerwood Drive in Warren, MI. John Frank will assume a new role on AMT’s executive team, reporting to Mike Jacobs.

Founded in 1989 by Michael Jacobs, Applied Manufacturing Technologies, Inc. (AMT) is a leading supplier of complete consulting and engineering services, offering single-source engineering solutions to the automation and manufacturing industries. The company’s service offerings range from design and simulation to programming, installation and support of industrial automation solutions.

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