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PowerPlex 2008 User Conference Features Manufacturing Survey by Leading Publication Managing Automation

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., May 21 /PRNewswire/ -- Plexus Systems, Inc. played host to nearly 300 guests at its PowerPlex 2008 User conference today and showcased a prominent speaker who provided a poignant report on the state of U.S. manufacturing.

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David R. Brousell, Editor-in-Chief of Managing Automation, was keynote speaker at PowerPlex 2008, hosted at the JW Marriott in Downtown Grand Rapids. His remarks included the findings of a survey conducted by Thomas Publishing, the magazine's parent company.

More than 2,000 manufacturing representatives responded to the U.S. Industrial Competitiveness Survey, which found these results:
-- Seventy percent said they are "very concerned" about industry's ability

to compete in the global market and its future prospects.

-- Nearly 80 percent said government should take an active role in

strengthening manufacturing.

-- On whether international trade agreements have helped or hurt U.S.

competitiveness, nearly half of the respondents said such agreements

have had a mixed effect. Yet, 80 percent said government can do more to

"level the playing field" with competing nations such as China, India

and Korea.

"The manufacturing community is poised for change," Brousell said. "Moreover, manufacturers appear to be open-minded about the kinds of change they would find acceptable in basic healthcare, education and regulation."

In addition to discussing the competitiveness poll results, Brousell addressed steps manufacturers can take now to deal with many of their business issues. A concept called Progressive Manufacturing recommends that manufacturers rethink business models and practices and apply advanced technology to them to gain new competitive advantages.

The survey findings resonated with those high performance manufacturers assembled at PowerPlex 2008. The audience of global manufacturing leaders has positioned their organizations technologically to resolve the challenges revealed in the Managing Automation survey, especially in the areas of compliance, supply chain management, and cost containment.

Plexus Online is on-demand software for the manufacturing enterprise, and it is built on the "software as a service" (SaaS) model. It offers over 350 functional modules, providing companies instant access to vital information and management functions using a simple web browser.

About Managing Automation Media

Through Managing Automation Media, Thomas Publishing LLC produces focused, industry-specific information and decision-support tools for the North American and European manufacturing markets. Managing Automation, launched in 1986, provides critical content to progressive manufacturers - companies that are using information and automation technologies to transform their businesses and create a sustainable competitive advantage. Manufacturing Executive, a new pan-European media portfolio launched in 2008, provides technology information and insight for executive and line-of-business management. Through print magazines, robust websites, the TechMATCH information technology comparison database, and executive conferences, both brands reach the entire integrated technology buying team at every stage of the technology buying process. Additional information can be found at and .

About Plexus Systems, Inc.

Since 1995, Plexus Systems, Inc. (Auburn Hills, Mich.) has maintained a singular vision -- to drive significant cost, quality and productivity improvements for manufacturers, from the shop floor to the top floor. Plexus Online(TM) is an on-demand software for the manufacturing enterprise. Plexus Systems originated as an internal solution at a manufacturing company, designed to resolve quality challenges, including production, distribution and global supply chains management issues. Today, Plexus Online enables businesses to manage accounting, financials, compliance and human resources and other critical priorities. Plexus Systems serves a global cross section of manufacturing industries (OEM and suppliers), particularly automotive, defense, medical device and aerospace companies. In 2006, Apax Partners ( ) made a strategic investment in Plexus Systems, joining the founding investment group as stakeholders in Plexus. For more information, visit .

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