TROY (WWJ) — Automation Alley, in partnership with Macomb County, the Michigan Defense Center and the Michigan Economic Development Corp. announced Tuesday that 11 companies from Southeast Michigan will participate in a domestic trade mission to the Association of the United States Army 2013 Annual Meeting and Exposition in Washington, D.C., Oct. 21 – 23.

“Attending AUSA conferences has become an annual outing for Automation Alley, because we see the value in it for the companies that join us,” said Automation Alley director of defense and manufacturing Dan Raubinger. “Providing these 11 companies with the opportunity to showcase their products, services and technologies to high-level military officials, decision-makers and industry leaders opens the door to new markets in the defense industry as well as potential buyers and end users. We expect another successful conference this year.”

Held every October in Washington, D.C., the AUSA Annual Meeting and Exposition is one of the largest land warfare expositions and professional development forums in the world. The theme for this year is “America’s Army: Globally Responsive, Regionally Engaged.”

The three-day event consists of presentations, panel discussions on military and national security subjects and workshops, and includes over 700 industry and military exhibits occupying over 500,000 square feet of exhibit space. Presentations on the state of the Army and related defense subjects are given by the secretary of the Army, the Army chief of staff and other senior Army and Department of Defense representatives. Each year, over 30,000 attendees participate in the AUSA Annual Meeting and Exposition.

This will be Automation Alley’s fourth domestic trade mission. Since 2001, Automation Alley has conducted 18 trade missions to destinations across the globe, contributing to more than $282 million in new export sales for local companies and other export-related activities.

The 11 companies joining Automation Alley’s domestic trade mission to the AUSA 2013 Annual Meeting and Exposition include:

Ace Electronics, Troy
Ace Electronics is an electronics manufacturing services provider whose core competencies include integration service, wire and cable assemblies, diagnostic repair, higher-level assemblies and box builds for a wide range of industries.

Action Wood 360, Clinton Township
Action Wood 360 produces creatively engineered wooden packaging and shipping containers.

Control Power Co. (a division of The Myles Group companies), Troy
Control Power Co.designs and manufactures servo systems and military products, as well as conducts functional, fatigue, temperature and other testing services.

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

Evans Distribution Systems, Melvindale
Evans Distribution Systems is a full-service logistics provider of services, including public and contract warehousing, trucking and transportation management, contract packaging, quality inspection, logistics staffing (including light manufacturing) and more.

Loc Performance Products Inc., Plymouth
Loc Performance Products is Michigan’s premiere full-service manufacturer of large CNC-machined components for military and commercial applications. From product design and development through production, Loc offers comprehensive services and exceptional customer service to produce the highest-quality components at the volume needed.

Precision Global Systems, Troy
PGS supports all production and specialized service manufacturing for machining, assembly and kitting operations as well as customers associated with the automotive and defense industries which includes, OEM and Tier 1.

Prototype Cast Manufacturing Inc., Shelby Township
Prototype Cast Manufacturing is a “go-to” manufacture and contract management expert, specializing in machining, die casting, sand cast, forging, and investment casting of all materials. PCMI’s expertise with government specifications, FARS, DFARS and drawing evaluation provides customers with complete knowledge in all aspects of military, aviation, aerospace and automotive compliances.

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.

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.

Superior Controls, Plymouth
Superior Controls is a leader in creating and deploying innovative engineering solutions for those who pursue world class manufacturing.

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

Since its founding in 1999, Automation Alley has expanded to include nearly 1,000 businesses, educational institutions and government entities from the City of Detroit and the surrounding eight-county region. Automation Alley promotes regional prosperity through entrepreneurial and exporting assistance, workforce development and technology acceleration.

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