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ANSI Welcomes New Members

New York, Apr 30, 2003

The American National Standards Institute (ANSI), a private non-profit organization that administers and coordinates the U.S. voluntary standardization and conformity assessment system, proudly welcomes the nine new members that joined the Federation during April 2003. The five companies and four organziations joined the Institute under a new market-based membership structure that ties investment directly to the level of service and involvement dictated by the specific and unique needs of each member.

The new members include:

    Farance Inc. provides information and communications technologies consulting and development of standards, products, services in information communication technologies.

    The Association of Test Publishers represents providers of tests and assessment tools and/or services related to assessment, selection, screening, certification, licensing, educational or clinical uses.

    Consortium for Advanced Manufacturing--International is a not-for-profit, cooperative membership organization established in 1972 to support research and development in areas of strategic importance to manufacturing industries. Since 1972, the membership has expanded to include several industries outside manufacturing. CAM-I is an international consortium of companies, consultancies and academics who have elected to work collaboratively in a pre-competitive environment to solve problems that are common to industry.

    National Association of Manufacturers -- NAM's mission is to enhance the competitiveness of manufacturers and to improve American living standards by shaping a legislative and regulatory environment conducive to U.S. economic growth, and to increase understanding among policymakers, the media and the general public about the importance of manufacturing to America's economic strength.

    Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC), a Fortune 500 company, is the largest employee-owned research and engineering company in the United States. SAIC provides information technology, systems integration and eSolutions worldwide.

    Island CERTS conducts heavy lift crane inspections.

    The Foundation for Institutional Development is a non-profit organization dedicated to educating the public and promoting scientific research into knowledge transfer and institutional agility. FDI supports public institutions and their efforts to become more effective, cost efficient, and agile.

    Terranova Forest Products is a forest products company operating primarily in Chile with operations throughout the world.

    Williamson Dickie Manufacturing Co. is a work wear manufacturer offering a broad spectrum of work garments ranging from work pants and work shirts to denim jeans and women's work wear.

"ANSI membership provides maximum flexibility and value,” said John Kalemkerian, the Institute's vice president of membership, communications and education. Members choose the level of access they desire and select from an extensive collection of service, benefits and ‘a la carte’ options."

Comprised of businesses, professional societies and trade associations, standards developers, government agencies, and consumer and labor organizations, the ANSI Federation represents the diverse interests of more than 120,000 entities and 3.2 million professionals worldwide.

ANSI’s mission is to enhance U.S. global competitiveness and the American quality of life by promoting, facilitating, and safeguarding the integrity of the voluntary standardization system. ANSI is the official U.S. representative to the International Accreditation Forum (IAF), the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and, via the U.S. National Committee, the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC). ANSI currently has offices in New York City and Washington, DC.