Beware, HART and Fieldbus Foundation, you have a new neighbor in Austin... EtherCAT Technology Group (ETG) Establishes First North American Office Austin, TX area is now home to the North American office of the largest Industrial Ethernet organization in the world AUSTIN, TX, June 6, 2007 - The largest Industrial Ethernet organization in the world, the EtherCAT Technology Group (ETG), today announced the establishment of the group's first North American office. The newest ETG office is based in the Volente, TX (greater Austin area) and is overseen by new ETG North American representative, Joey Stubbs. With over 500 member companies from around the world, the ETG includes many of largest and most influential North American companies in the industrial device vendor, software, machine building and manufacturing industries.Stubbs joins the EtherCAT Technology Group with several years of experience with the next generation Ethernet-based fieldbus as well as numerous other major industrial protocols. Prior to joining the ETG, Stubbs worked as a Sales and Applications Engineer with Beckhoff Automation where he strengthened his expertise in the areas of Industrial Ethernet, fieldbuses, automation, PC-based control, PLCs and motion control. "I am very excited to bring Joey into the EtherCAT Technology Group to establish the ETG's first North American office," said Martin Rostan, Director, EtherCAT Technology Group. "With his years of technical experience working with EtherCAT industrial applications, Joey is an ideal fit for the organization and will have an immediate impact serving our North American member companies." Joey holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of South Carolina, as well as several technical degrees. He is also a registered Professional Engineer.