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SwRI opens automotive technical support office for Detroit area

San Antonio -- June 1, 2005 -- Southwest Research Institute® (SwRI®) has established a new office in Ann Arbor, Mich., that will offer automotive technical and program support to clients located in southeast Michigan and Canada. The office will initially house several SwRI engineers with expertise in engine and vehicle controls.

"We've always offered rapid response service, but setting up shop in our client's own backyard makes things even more convenient," said Bob Burrahm, business development manager in SwRI's Engine, Emissions and Vehicle Research Division. "The expertise at our San Antonio location, with more than 200 dynamometer engine cells and extensive research facilities, is also available any time to complement the Ann Arbor site."

While the Institute previously had a marketing presence in the Detroit area, the Ann Arbor office is primarily a technical support facility.

The Institute is currently performing on-site engine and vehicle controls development for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in Ann Arbor. This work includes development and implementation of advanced combustion control systems as well as control of hydraulic hybrid vehicles. Supporting this existing client is important to SwRI, and having technical staff available locally allows us to expand our services to others nearby, according to Burrahm.

"We are excited about offering our clients the opportunity to tap into our resources and expertise, yet save both time and money," said Scott Hotz, group leader of the Detroit operations. "Shipping costs, travel expenses and project time are all reduced by having our staff readily available to work at a client's facility."

Contact information for the SwRI Ann Arbor office:

Southwest Research Institute
2001 Commonwealth Blvd.
Suite 202
Ann Arbor, MI 48105
Fax: (734) 913-0696

As an independent, multidisciplinary research, development and technical evaluation organization, SwRI provides an unbiased, third-party perspective. The Office of Automotive Engineering oversees the technical expertise of SwRI's automotive technology divisions: the Fuels and Lubricants Research Division and the Engine, Emissions and Vehicle Research Division. Both divisions are certified to ISO 9001:2000 "Quality Management Systems - Requirements," accredited to ISO/IEC 17025:1999 "General Requirements for the Competence of Testing and Calibration Laboratories" and certified to ISO 14001:1996 "Environmental Management Systems." Also, both divisions have achieved Ford Tier 1 status for providing engineering services and have earned the Ford Q1 Quality Award.

For more information, contact Burrahm at (210) 522-3064 or or Scott Hotz at

Editors: An image of the Ann Arbor, Mich., office site is available at

For more information, contact Tracey M.S. Whelan, Communications Department, (210) 522-2256, Southwest Research Institute, PO Drawer 28510, San Antonio, TX 78228-0510.

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