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Longtime ITW Engineer Awarded Intellectual Property Law Association of Chicago's 2010 Creative Achievement Award for Contributions to Construction Industry

Published on 2010-05-11. Author : SpecialChem

GLENVIEW, ILLINOIS -- Illinois Tool Works Inc. is pleased to announce that Engineering Manager Richard J. Ernst has been named the winner of the 2010 Creative Achievement Award by the Intellectual Property Law Association of Chicago. This award recognizes the impressive inventive activity of Mr. Ernst over the past 35 years that has led to an enormous impact on the construction industry.

Mr. Ernst is named as the sole inventor or a joint inventor on more than 55 U.S. patents since 1975. His inventions for construction fastening systems are sold by ITW under trademarks including Tapcon®, E-Z Ancor®, TrakFast®, and Epcon® adhesive systems among many others. These fastening systems include masonry anchors, drywall anchors, collated fasteners to attach tracks to walls and chemical adhesive systems to attach metal rebar and dowels to concrete bases. His inventions have revolutionized basic building techniques and have helped construction tradesmen throughout the world.

Mr. Ernst has been employed by Illinois Tool Works for the past 35 years, and has received multiple awards from ITW for his numerous patents and the commercial success of his inventions. He has also been named to the National Inventors Hall of Fame in Akron, Ohio, as a "Distinguished Corporate Inventor."

"Rich's contributions to the construction industry with his innovative fastening systems are remarkable," said ITW Vice President of Intellectual Property Mark Croll. "Rich's inventions have led to substantial ITW product sales over the years. He continues to invent new patented products that are being introduced this year by ITW Brands. You cannot walk into a home improvement store or visit a construction site without seeing many of Rich's products."

Founded in 1884, IPLAC is the oldest intellectual property law association in the nation. Its approximately 1,000 members represent a full spectrum of the profession ranging from law firm attorneys to sole practitioners, corporate attorneys, law school professors, paralegals, and law students.

With $13.9 billion in 2009 revenues, ITW is a multi-national manufacturer of a diversified range of value-adding and short-lead time industrial products and equipment. The Company consists of approximately 800 business units in 57 countries and employs approximately 59,000 people.

Source: Illinois Tool Works Inc.

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