Computer Aided Technology, Inc. (CATI) has opened a full service facility in Rockford, Illinois.

Buffalo Grove, IL, February 22, 2005 – Computer Aided Technology, Inc. (CATI), a top Value Added Reseller (VAR) of SOLIDWORKS, has opened a full service facility in Rockford, Illinois. This new office is conveniently located at EIGER lab ( 605 Fulton Avenue) in Rockford. The EIGER lab supports the creative commercial uses of advanced manufacturing technologies, such as micro-machining. In addition to being the home of CATI-Rockford, EIGER lab brings to Rockford the engineering and business expertise of Northern Illinois University, Northwestern University, University of Illinois (Urbana), Rock Valley College, and Alion Science and Technology.

“We are very excited about opening this office in Rockford,” comments Richard Werneth, President, CATI. “CATI is proud to support the EIGER lab vision to invigorate the northern Illinois manufacturing community. Our goal is to provide a high level of service to our customers throughout the Midwest. Based on feedback from manufacturing clients in Rockford, this location was launched to facilitate access to convenient SOLIDWORKS Training and other events. In addition, we will provide resources for area companies to review the latest technologies available to reduce design cycles and streamline enterprise information flow.”

“Hosting CATI-Rockford at the EIGER lab fits like a glove with the vision of bringing industry, education, and government together to focus on Advanced Manufacturing,” said Tom McDunn, Director of Advanced Manufacturing of Rockford Area Ventures, the organization that administrates the lab. He added, “Having CAD tools available for people at the lab and all manufacturers in the Rock River Valley allow Rockford to keep pace with today’s computer driven society.”

The new space includes state of the art training facilities and provides CATI customers with the same high level of customer service, sales, and technical support they expect at a local location. In addition to a full SOLIDWORKS Training Curriculum, CATI’s Rockford office will offer a wide variety of SOLIDWORKS focused events. Events will include the CATI exclusive SOLIDWORKS CATIpult sessions for SOLIDWORKS Users, SOLIDWORKS Simulation Hands-On Demonstrations for customers interested in FEA, and SOLIDWORKS 3D Skills Sessions for prospective customers.

CATI will host an Open House for their new Rockford facility in April 2005.

About CATI

Computer Aided Technology, Inc. (CATI), headquartered in Buffalo Grove, IL, provides the Midwest with six full-service facilities, supporting Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan and Wisconsin. CATI creates competitive advantage for manufacturing clients by leveraging an industry-experienced team and leading technology solutions. CATI is the Nation’s original SOLIDWORKS Reseller and a Top Reseller of SOLIDWORKS in the Midwest. CATI is dedicated to providing comprehensive solutions to engineering, manufacturing, and educational sectors and offers a full suite of SOLIDWORKS Solution Partner technologies including CAD, CAE, CAID, CAM, ECAD, and PDM solutions. For the latest news from CATI, visit the company’s website at or contact a representative at 888-308-2284.

About EIGER lab

The EIGER lab is administrated by Rockford Area Ventures, a not-for-profit organization chartered to develop a Technology Commercialization Center (TCC). Partners of the EIGER lab project include Northern Illinois University, Northwestern University, the University of Illinois-Urbana-Champaign, Rock Valley College, the Illinois Coalition, Rockford Area Ventures, Ingersoll Machine Tools, Inc., W.A. Whitney, Hamilton Sundstrand, Boeing, Alion Science and Technology, Caterpillar, the Rockford Area Economic Development Council, the City of Rockford, and many other Rockford area manufacturers. For more information visit the w eb sites: or EIGER lab : . Or phone 815-965-ELAB.