TROY — Automation Alley, Michigan’s largest technology business association, in partnership with the Michigan Economic Development Corp. and Macomb County government, announced today that nine companies from Southeast Michigan will participate in a domestic trade mission to the Association of the United States Army 2012 Annual Meeting & Exposition in Washington, D.C. Oct. 22–24.

“These companies will be representing Southeast Michigan while showcasing their defense-related products, services and technologies to senior military officials, decision makers and industry leaders,” said Automation Alley director of international business services Noel Nevshehir. “Providing companies with these kinds of meaningful connections and matchmaking opportunities for business expansion, client diversification and new professional networks is central to Automation Alley’s mission, and we fully expect another round of success at this conference.”

The following companies, including partners, will attend the AUSA 2012 Annual Meeting & Exposition:

* Alpha USA (Livonia) — Alpha is a veteran-owned small business that prides itself in solving customers’ engineering challenges. Approximately 80 percent of Alpha’s new business is awarded through product development that provides its customers with innovative design solutions. More at

* Atlas Copco Tools & Assembly Systems LLC (Auburn Hills) — Atlas Copco is a supplier of hand-held electric and pneumatic tools, assembly systems and software. With customer centers in many parts of the world, the company offers a complete range of products and services. More at

* Burtek Enterprises (Chesterfield Township) — Burtek is a metal fabricator and systems integrator by creating a competitive advantage for its customers through strong customer partnerships and a culture of operational excellence. More at

* Coliant Corporation (Powerlet division) (Warren) — People rely on outlets in their cars to power cell phones, GPS units and other devices. Yet 95 percent of motorcycles and virtually all vehicles where riders are exposed to the outdoors do not allow users to charge their phone. Powerlet makes installing a power outlet and connecting and mounting electronic devices convenient and reliable. More at

* DASI Solutions, LLC (Pontiac) — DASI assists emerging-sector companies in the implementation of CAD, CAE and PDM collaborative technologies used in the product development process. More at

* Handeholder Products,, Inc. (Ann Arbor) — Handeholder manufactures universal tablet holding solutions, all made in the United States. The Hand-e-holder is a holding device that attaches to the back of a tablet or electronic reader to allow for easy one-handed use. More at

* Macomb County Government (Mount Clemens) — The Macomb County Department of Planning and Economic Development works to stimulate the local economy through business attraction, development and retention while improving the overall quality of life for residents. More at

* Michigan Economic Development Corp. (Lansing) — The defense and homeland security industry is important to Michigan. The Michigan Economic Development Corp. has developed organizations to support and grow Michigan businesses. The Defense Center’s team of seasoned professionals brings military backgrounds and government experience. More at

* Michigan National Guard (Lansing) — The incredible versatility of the National Guard enables its troops to respond to domestic emergencies, combat missions, counterdrug efforts, reconstruction missions and more — all with equal speed, strength and efficiency. More at

* Quality Metalcraft (Livonia) — Quality Metalcraft is one of the leading prototype and low-volume production automotive suppliers in the world, covering all phases of design, engineering and manufacturing. More at

* Rave Computer (Sterling Heights) — Rave Computer is a technology consultant and computer manufacturer focused on defense, homeland security and other industrial markets. Rave designs, builds and validates computer hardware solutions for military simulation training, real-world deployments (land, air or sea) and commercial applications. More at

* RedViking Engineering (Plymouth) — RedViking’s history is grounded in decades of highly engineered automation, controls and information systems. No matter how extensive or complex the project, its experienced program and project managers provide expert engineering from concept to completion. More at

The AUSA Annual Meeting & Exposition is the world’s largest land warfare exposition, featuring more than 600 defense exhibitors and 32,000 potential buyers and end users from around the world. Attendees can meet directly with buyers of their products and the key players who can help them successfully expand into the defense industry, including senior military officials and industry leaders from U.S. Army Materiel Command (AMC); the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC); and the Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Army (Acquisition, Logistics and Technology).

The conference – themed “America’s Army: Service to the Nation, Strength for the Future” – will feature defense suppliers and other exhibitors, including AM General, BAE, Boeing, GE, General Dynamics, IBM, Lockheed Martin, Navistar and Oshkosh. Participants can exhibit on a cost-share basis, exchange ideas, and attend seminars and special presentations on the Global War on Terrorism, the Army’s Transformation to the Future Force, LandWarNet, Expeditionary Logistics, Actionable Intelligence and other issues affecting today’s Army.

The AUSA 2012 Annual Meeting & Exposition is Automation Alley’s third domestic trade mission. Since 2001, Automation Alley has conducted 15 trade missions to countries across the globe, contributing to the creation or support of 1,044 jobs and $188 million in new contracts garnered for participating companies and regions.

For more information, contact the Automation Alley Resource Center at 800-427-5100 or

To learn more about the AUSA 2012 Annual Meeting & Exposition, visit


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