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The International Society of Automation announces acquisition of Automation.com
Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, USA (13 October 2014) – The International Society of Automation (ISA) announces today its acquisition of Automation.com, a media company currently owned by Minnesota-based Automation Resources, Inc.
Automation Resources, Inc. was founded by Alan Carty in March of 2000. The company originally launched www.automationtechies.com as a job board focused on automation careers. Based on positive feedback from advertising clients as well as site visitors, the website evolved into a full-featured online resource by publishing articles, news and much more. At the same time, the job board evolved into a full-service recruiting and contract staffing business.
Rick Zabel joined Automation Resources in June of 2000 and focused his efforts on managing and growing the website business, while Carty focused on the recruiting and contract staffing business. In 2004, the company purchased the www.Automation.com domain name and ported all content from www.automationtechies.com to www.Automation.com. The automation techies name and website is used for the recruiting and contract staffing business.
With the sole purpose of providing information to automation and controls professionals, Automation.com content and traffic continued to grow quickly.
Today, Automation.com is a leading online publisher of automation-related content, and attracts nearly 100,000 users per month. The website features 45 topic-specific portals, providing an efficient and organized way to present collections of articles, news, products, white papers and other resources.
In October 2009, ISA selected Automation.com as exclusive supplier and distributor of ISA’s electronic newsletters. As a result, Automation.com produces the now co-branded Automation Weekly and other topic-specific e-newsletters. Today these co-branded e-newsletters are distributed to Automation.com subscribers, ISA members and customers, and InTech subscribers, creating a combined distribution of more than 140,000 automation professionals worldwide. In addition, ISA also selected Automation.com to be their sales representative for InTech’s print, digital and online publications.
Under the acquisition agreement, ISA will
own Automation.com, including its website, intellectual property and
all associated products, trademarks and copyrights. ISA will
incorporate a new wholly-owned subsidiary called Automation.com, and
Rick Zabel will remain the Publisher and Managing Director.
Automationtechies.com and the recruiting business built by Carty will
remain part of Automation Resources, Inc.
Automation.com is a leading electronic publisher of automation-related content, helping readers automate their factories and processes, solve problems and improve production efficiencies by providing current industry news, information and resources. Their ISA-cobranded e-newsletters are distributed to 140,000 automation professionals worldwide and the website attracts nearly 100,000 users each month.
Founded in 1945, the International Society of Automation (www.isa.org)
is a leading, global, nonprofit organization that is setting the
standard for automation by helping over 30,000 worldwide members and
other professionals solve difficult technical problems, while enhancing
their leadership and personal career capabilities. Based in Research
Triangle Park, North Carolina, ISA develops standards; certifies
industry professionals; provides education and training; publishes
books and technical articles; and hosts conferences and exhibitions for
automation professionals. ISA is the founding sponsor of The Automation
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