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Intelligrated Co-Founders Win 2016 Ernst & Young Masters of Entrepreneurship Award for Ohio Valley Region

June 29, 2016
By Marketwired News

CINCINNATI, OH–(Marketwired – June 29, 2016) – Intelligrated® (, a leading North American-based automated material handling solutions provider, announces the recognition of Chris Cole, CEO, and Jim McCarthy, president and COO, as the 2016 Masters of Entrepreneurship award winners by Ernst & Young (EY) for the Ohio Valley region. EY announced the winners on June 9 at a black tie awards gala in Cincinnati, selected by an independent judging panel made up of previous winners of the award, leading CEOs, private capital investors and other regional business leaders. As regional winners, Cole and McCarthy are eligible for the EY Entrepreneur of the Year national program.

The EY Entrepreneur of the Year program celebrates those who lead growing and dynamic businesses, prioritize the success of employees and contribute to the well-being of their communities. Since founding Intelligrated in 2001, Cole and McCarthy have led the company through a period of tremendous growth, powered by innovation, partnerships with state and local governments, and a commitment to American manufacturing in the Ohio Valley region.

“Intelligrated’s focus is completely on our customers, from engineering innovative solutions to meet their challenges to providing complete lifecycle support for their mission-critical systems,” says Cole. “Prioritizing the needs of our customers and providing opportunities to employees for personal and professional development have fueled consistent growth and return for investors.”

Cole and McCarthy have dedicated significant research and development resources to support employee ideation through Intelligrated’s internal innovation program, encouraging all associates to submit ideas for evaluation and development. This has resulted in numerous patents and the advancement of associates’ careers and the material handling industry.

“We believe in a holistic approach to doing business defined by doing the right thing for all stakeholders, from customers and investors to management and employees,” says McCarthy. “Combining this approach with forward-thinking investments and strategic acquisitions built a foundation to support rapid, sustained growth.”

Intelligrated posted 2015 revenues of $760 million and employs more than 3,100 associates. It continues to develop its offering to provide innovative order fulfillment, labor management and advanced automation solutions backed by a commitment to deliver on promises and unmatched lifecycle support services.

The EY Entrepreneur of the Year national award winners will be announced at a gala in Palm Springs, California on Nov. 19. National winners then advance to the global program that draws from 145 cities in more than 60 countries and culminates with an event in Monaco in June 2017.

To view a video on McCarthy and Cole’s approach to building Intelligrated, visit

For sales and marketing information, contact Tracy Niehaus, marketing manager, Intelligrated, by phone at 513.881.5239 or by email at

For media information, contact Dan Gauss, public relations, Koroberi, at 919.797.2916 or by email at

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About Intelligrated

Intelligrated ( is a leading North American-based, single-source provider of intelligent automated material handling solutions that drive fulfillment productivity for retailers, manufacturers and logistics providers around the world. Through a broad portfolio of automation equipment, software, service and support, Intelligrated solutions give businesses a competitive edge and optimize operational performance through increased flexibility, efficiency and accuracy.

Intelligrated designs, manufactures, integrates and installs complete material handling automation solutions including conveyor, IntelliSort sortation, Alvey® palletizers and robotics, and automated storage and retrieval systems — all managed by advanced machine controls and software. Intelligrated Software offers warehouse execution systems, a scalable suite of software that manages the entire fulfillment process, including equipment, labor and business intelligence, integrated with voice- and light-directed picking and putting technologies.

From concept to integration to lifecycle support services, Intelligrated delivers dependable, sustained distribution and fulfillment success, and maximum return on investment. Intelligrated backs every project with 24X7 multilingual technical support and access to lifecycle service through a network of national, regional and local service centers. For more updates, follow us on Twitter @Intelligrated.

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Dan Gauss
Koroberi, Inc.
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