ShopBot Tools, Inc. Awarded U.S. Department of Commerce Export Achievement Certificate

Nov 18, 2004, 00:00 ET from ShopBot Tools, Inc.

    DURHAM, N.C., Nov. 18 /PRNewswire/ -- ShopBot Tools, Inc., North America's
 leading low-cost, high-value manufacturer of computer numerically controlled
 (CNC) tools, was recently awarded the U.S. Department of Commerce's U.S.
 Commercial Service Export Achievement Certificate.  The certificate recognizes
 companies that show recent accomplishments in the global marketplace.
     "We are pleased to receive this award because our company has an
 international outlook," said Ted Hall, president of ShopBot Tools, Inc.  "In
 the last few years we have made efforts to make our affordable CNC tools
 available to customers world-wide.  The web and efficient international
 shipping make it increasingly possible for small companies to operate in the
 global marketplace."
     CNC machines are commonly used in the furniture, cabinet making, sign
 making and boatbuilding industries.  They are useful for efficiently mass-
 producing complex wood, plastic and metal products.  ShopBot Tools, Inc. has
 carved out a niche in the industry by providing the $50,000-$300,000
 technology to customers for an average price point of about $10,000 per tool.
 The low-cost, high production capacity of ShopBot's tools is especially
 appealing to international buyers.
     ShopBot Tools has sold more than 3,000 CNCs in 50 countries world-wide.
 Nearly 10 percent of ShopBot's tool sales are international.
     About ShopBot Tools, Inc.:
     ShopBot Tools, Inc. is based in Durham, N.C. and designs, manufactures and
 provides technical support for low-cost, high-value computer numerically
 controlled (CNC) cutting machines.  ShopBot was founded by CEO Ted Hall,
 Ph.D., a Duke University professor in neuroscience, who developed the tool
 while building plywood boats as a hobby.  After several years of development,
 the company opened in 1997 -- selling tools out of Dr. Hall's barn.  With
 nearly 3,000 ShopBots in 50 countries, ShopBot is now one of the largest
 producers of CNC flatbed routers in North America.  It currently employs about
 20 people in the Durham, N.C. area.  For more information

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