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ANSI Receives Contribution to ISO General Assembly Meetings Foundation

Deere & Company Supports U.S. Role in International Standards-Setting

New York, NY, Oct 20, 2003

With an “eye to the future,” Deere & Company has become the first contributor to the ANSI foundation supporting U.S.-hosted meetings of the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) General Assembly.

Established by a resolution of the ANSI Board of Directors on December 14, 2001, the Institute’s ISO General Assembly Meetings Foundation (“Foundation”) accepts contributions and grants to support the hosting or facilitation of one or more policy level groups of the ISO. These might include the ISO General Assembly (GA), ISO Council, ISO Technical Management Board (TMB), the Committee on Developing Countries Matters (DEVCO), or others that might meet in conjunction with the ISO/GA.

“Deere & Company, like other ANSI members, derives both direct and indirect benefit from maintaining a strong and respected U.S. role in the development of international standards,” explained Robert W. Noth, manager of engineering standards at Deere & Company, in a letter accompanying the endowment. “We believe deeply that it is in the best interests of the United States to host a fair share of meetings for the international standards community.”

In August 2002, the ANSI Board of Directors authorized an initial contribution to the Foundation from Institute funds. Dr. Mark W. Hurwitz, ANSI president and CEO, said that the contribution from Deere & Company is the first received from another organization.

“Deere & Company has been very supportive of the efforts to establish and endow this Foundation,” said Hurwitz. “On behalf of the Institute’s members and constituents, we express our appreciation not only for this contribution, but also for the leadership, support and efforts of Bob Noth to ensure that the Foundation delivers on its stated purpose.”

A similar foundation exists to support U.S.-hosted General Meetings of the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC).

For more information, or to make contributions to these Foundations, please contact Gary Kushnier, ANSI vice president of international policy.

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