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100 Years Later: USNC Meets in St. Louis to Celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the International Electrical Congress

New York, Sep 28, 2004

The United States National Committee of the International Electrotechnial Commission (USNC/IEC) recently held its bi-annual meeting in St. Louis, Missouri, along with a reception and banquet to mark the 100th anniversary of the International Electrical Congress and the birth of the IEC. The banquet celebration was held on September 22, 2004, at the Hyatt Regency St. Louis.

The celebration began with a reception and welcome to the city of St. Louis from Vincent J. Saporita, vice president of technology sales and services at Cooper Bussman, Inc., a local St. Louis business. Mr. Saporita is an active participant on several USNC Technical Advisory Groups. Following Mr. Saporita’s comments was the presentation of an IEC 100 Year Anniversary Plaque to USNC vice president, James E. Matthews, by Mathias Fünfschilling, IEC treasurer and past president.

A highlight of the celebration was the presentation of a proclamation from Francis Slay, Mayor of St. Louis, declaring both September 22 and 23 as ‘IEC Day.’ Steven A. Seeker, USNC president, presented the proclamation to the guests in attendance. A portion of the proclamation reads:

Whereas these events will commemorate the 100th anniversary of a meeting at the Coliseum Music Hall in St. Louis in 1904 to address the standardization of electrical apparatus and machinery. This pivotal meeting in St. Louis led to the formation of the IEC and subsequently, of the USNC; and whereas a diverse audience from business, academia, government and standards development organizations are expected to attend the celebration in St. Louis, and will review IEC accomplishments over the past 100 years and discuss current progress and future needs and endeavors of worldwide electric and electronic industries.

Also in attendance at the banquet celebration was Bernard H. Falk, past president of the IEC, Frank K. Kitzantides, IEC vice president, Ron Reimer, former IEC vice-president, Robert Williams, USNC vice president, and distinguished guests from the Canadian National Committee.

The IEC was first proposed during an International Electrical Congress in September 1904 in St. Louis and was founded in June 1906 in London, England. [See related story.]