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Crowe Chizek

“Simply put, Crowe Chizek consultants understand manufacturing,” says Jim Stempak, managing partner of the Cleveland office of Crowe Chizek. “Our consultants stay abreast of the latest trends and continually monitor changes in channel dynamics, such as those brought about by the Internet. Crowe Chizek prides itself on the ability to integrate technology-driven processes with manufacturing industry knowledge, resulting in solutions that address our clients’ specific business needs.”

Crowe Chizek is proud to be a sponsor of the 2002 eVolution in Manufacturing Awards.

“We salute all the nominees,” he says. “Their ability to innovate and integrate technology and technology-driven processes are important reasons why Northeast Ohio is home to so many excellent manufacturing companies. We also wish to recognize SBN Magazine for their foresight in honoring these industry-leading organizations and their innovative technological solutions.”

Crowe, Chizek and Co. LLP (www.crowechizek.com) provides innovative business solutions in the areas of assurance, business consulting, financial advisory, information security, marketing, outsourcing, tax and technology. Founded in 1942, it is one of the top 10 public accounting and consulting firms in the United States, serving clients worldwide as a leading member of Horwath International.

Ulmer & Berne

Ulmer & Berne is a 94-year-old law firm with a history of representing extremely successful manufacturing businesses, says Mike Stovsky, a partner with the firm.

“Now that we have built a successful e-business practice, we are interested in helping manufacturing companies that have an e-business component or technology component to their business with legal issues,” he says. “Not only do we have a history of being in tune with manufacturing businesses across a variety of industries, but we’re also intimately aware of the legal issues that affect them on the technology side as well, whether it’s the development of technology to help them in their manufacturing operations, the acquisition of technology, the licensing of technology or the spinning off an aspect of their business into a separate entity that has a technology component. In any of those areas, we feel like we have an excellent background and mix of talent to provide effective legal council.”

Stovsky says the Cleveland law firm is excited to be part of the eVolution in Manufacturing Conference and congratulates the winners as leaders in their ability to develop and integrate effective e-business solutions into their traditional manufacturing processes.

Ulmer & Berne LLP (www.ulmer.com) was founded in 1908 and is one of the largest law firms in Cleveland with nearly 125 lawyers firmwide and offices in Cleveland, Columbus and Cincinnati.

— Mike Stovsky, Partner, Ulmer and Berne