Merger Expands Operations Management Capabilities and Delivers Greater Value for Members and Industry Partners
CHANDLER, ARIZ., May 22, 2012 — MESA (Manufacturing Enterprise Solutions Association) International and WBF, The Organization for Production Technology announced today they have entered into a definitive agreement to merge their two organizations. Agreed upon by both Boards of Directors, this announcement was made earlier today at the ATPM (Automation Technology in Process Manufacturing) Conference in The Woodlands, TX.
Commenting on the merger, WBF Chairman Bill Wray said, “Our mission at WBF is to support the process automation and operations needs of the technical and management professions in process manufacturing. We believe that merging with MESA positions us to continue to fulfill that mission, while adding even greater value for our members through broadened resources and reach in operations management. We are delighted to combine our organizations at a time when our members are making unprecedented investments in improving their production operations, knowing that our combined resources can truly add differentiated value for their organizations.”
“WBF’s expanded focus to include development of the B2MML standard is a critical factor in our organizations’ decision to merge,” said Dennis Brandl, WBF Secretary. “MESA’s focus is P2E – Plant to Enterprise; B2MML is the standard that makes that happen. In essence, MESA brings the what and why of operations management; WBF provides the how. Together, we are able to link enterprise goals with plant floor realities. That is a powerful proposition for our organizations and our member community.”
John Southcott, MESA Chairman said of the merger, “MESA is a community of manufacturers, producers, industry leaders and solution providers who are focused on improving operations management capabilities through the effective application of technology solutions and best practices. By merging with WBF, we will extend our penetration into the process industries. At the same time, the merger provides WBF members access to MESA’s world-class content, Global Education Programs, and an expansive network of solution providers and system integrators. It is a winning solution for both organizations, with our combined capabilities and resources making us stronger and more valuable for our member population.”
In conjunction with this announcement, MESA International and WBF have called for a vote of their membership, anticipating passage and finalization of the merger on May 31, 2012.
WBF, The Organization for Production Technology, is dedicated to supporting the process automation and operations needs of the technical and management professions in process manufacturing. WBF facilitates the interchange and development of information and knowledge in order to help its members succeed and to exert a positive influence on industry.
For more information about WBF, visit www.wbf.org.
MESA (Manufacturing Enterprise Solutions Association) International is a global community of manufacturers, producers, industry leaders and solution providers who are focused on improving operations management capabilities through the effective application of technology solutions and best practices. We accomplish this through the following:
- Collecting, sharing and publishing best practices and guidance to drive greater productivity and the overall profitability of the manufacturing enterprise
- The education of manufacturing operations best practices through the MESA Global Education Program
- Facilitating innovation and collaboration to enable the real-time enterprise and Plant-to-Enterprise (P2E) integration
- Enabling members to connect, contribute, cultivate understanding, and exchange strategies to drive operations excellence
For more information about MESA, visit www.mesa.org.