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19th May 2016

AGMA’s Next Generation Award Presented to Joel Niedig of ITAMCO

May 19, 2016 — Alexandria, VA , — The American Gear Manufacturers Association (AGMA) announced that Joel Neidig, Engineer for ITAMCO is the 2016 recipient of the organization’s Next Generation Award. This award, presented annually since 2011, recognizes innovative work by an individual responsible for one or more significant achievements through his or her effort and work that has enhanced or strengthened the gear industry and/or AGMA. This award honors individuals who are emerging as contributors, innovators, and leaders in the gear industry and serves as an incentive for others in the next generation of gear industry talent. The award was presented May 13th at AGMA’s Centennial Annual Meeting in Amelia Island, Florida.

Joel Neidig has spent the last 11 years at ITAMCO, with a focus on integrating manufacturing technology and software development.

In addition to sitting on the AGMA Computer Programming Committee, Neidig is on the Technical Advisory Group for MTConnect, an open-source standard that is intended to foster greater interoperability between devices and software applications. He developed the first iOS and Android-compatible MTConnect apps connecting gear machinery and other machine tools to networks – preparing them for Industry 4.0.

ITAMCO was voted the 2014 Autodesk Inventor of the Year by the Autodesk Community and Neidig was named a manufacturing “Thought Leader” by IMTS Insider. With all of this, Neidig remains very involved in an advisory role at the ITAMCO Manufacturing Education Center located at Plymouth High School in Plymouth, Indiana. The Center was started by his company to prepare students for the challenge of a career in manufacturing.

Commenting on Neidig, a colleague noted: “Over the years that Joel has worked at ITAMCO he has shown to be an individual who has tackled challenges head-on. He is a thought leader in our industry and has relentlessly pursued technological advances for the betterment of the industrial markets and advanced manufacturing as a whole. In addition to his entrepreneurial spirit, his drive for continuous improvement has always been paramount.”

About AGMA
The American Gear Manufacturers Association is a voluntary association of companies, consultants, and academicians with a direct interest in the design, manufacture, and application of gears, couplings, and related power transmission components and equipment. Complete information on the organization is available at


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