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August 31, 2012

Autocam Provides Three Full-Tuition Engineering Scholarships at GVSU

Scholarships attract top-notch talent to West Michigan

Kentwood, Mich. — Autocam Corp., a leading precision manufacturer for both the automotive and medical industries, announced the three student recipients of the Autocam Engineering Scholarship during an award presentation Aug. 29 at Grand Valley State University.

Christopher Foster of Fruitport, Mich., Preston Purdue of Grand Rapids, Mich., and Leah Bauer of Pinckney, Mich., will receive full-tuition scholarships for the 2012-13 academic year.

The Autocam Engineering Scholarship, founded by Autocam president and Grand Valley Board of Trustees member John C. Kennedy, is aimed at attracting top-notch engineering and mathematics students to the West Michigan area, where there is significant need for these skills among local industries.

“Our need for exceptional engineers, coupled with Grand Valley’s excellent engineering program, is the reason we wanted to provide these full-tuition scholarships,” Kennedy says.

In the global automotive industry, the demand for precision manufacturing continues to increase, primarily driven by the need for better fuel economy. Autocam plays a critical role in the market for advanced fuel systems, particularly in innovative fueling systems that will dramatically reduce vehicle fuel use.

“We are very pleased to assist these future leaders in their academic endeavors. By investing in students through this scholarship, we are investing not only in the future of the West Michigan community but in Autocam’s future as the premier company for this specialized technology,” Kennedy says.

About Autocam:
Autocam, whose global headquarters is in Kentwood, Mich., is a worldwide manufacturer of precision-machine components for all major OEMs and Tier 1 automotive suppliers. Autocam specializes in high precision components for emerging fuel system technologies, including gasoline- and diesel-injection, alternative fuels, cylinder de-activation, and other technologies critical for mandated fuel economy improvements. The company has 14 manufacturing facilities and employs more than 1,500 highly skilled employees in North America, South America, Europe, and Asia. For more information, visit autocam.com.

Debbie Frakes, Icon Interactive
Phone: 248.444.0746

For interviews with Foster, Purdue and Bauer, contact Nicole Woody at woodyni@gvsu.edu.