28 February 2008

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ABB won a contract worth nearly $123 million to design, construct, and provide automation for a new fertilizer processing plant in Chile for Sociedad Quimica y Minera de Chile, scheduled for completion in 2010. As part of the company's long-term plan to increase their specialty fertilizer production capacity, the plant will produce more than 1,150 metric tons of Potassium Nitrate (KNO3) per day as nutrition for crops such as fruits, vegetables, cereals, and cotton. ABB won a contract to provide a new supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) system for the SEMCO Energy Gas Company natural gas control center in Port Huron, Mich. SEMCO serves nearly 500,000 customers in the U.S. The SCADAvantage system will come from ABB's Totalflow product group and will see use with gas controllers to monitor and regulate gas receipts from multiple interstate pipelines at SEMCO's city gate stations and to ensure delivery of gas to residential, commercial and industrial users.

Sellersville, Penn-based exida.com, a consulting and certification company for the process safety community, purchased Asset Integrity Management of Aberdeen, Scotland.
The merger was part of a plan to assist users to efficiently and cost effectively apply phases of the IEC safety standards life-cycle model.

WAGO Corporation completed expansion of its North American headquarters, begun in August 2007, to increase product manufacturing and storage capacity from 60,000 sq. ft. to 75,000 sq. ft., complete with 36,000 product locations.

Visiprise, Inc., a manufacturing execution systems company for the integrated enterprise, surpassed financial expectations in 2007, increasing license revenue by nearly 50% from 2006. The company also launched two new product releases while adding nine new customers and more than 40 new deployments around the globe.

Opto 22, a developer and manufacturer of hardware and software for industrial automation, remote monitoring, and data acquisition projects, awarded an OptoGreen Grant to the State University of New York's New Paltz School of Science and Engineering to fund its projects with The Solar Energy Consortium, which call for the greening of New York state farms.