Schneider Electric's Industry Business recently announced its first Automation & Control Excellence (ACE) Program's Distributors of the Year Awards, recognizing those distributors who showed significant performance in 2010. Advantage Industrial Automation, Duluth, Ga., was named ACE Solution Specialist of the Year. Border States Electric Supply's Brooklyn Park, Minn., location was named ACE Automation Specialist of the Year. GCF, Inc., Northvale, N.J., and Steven Engineering, South San Francisco, Calif., were both named ACE Control Specialists of the Year.

Schneider Electric has an extensive electrical distributor network in the United States, but only a few of those distributors have distinguished themselves with their focus and dedication to the automation and control market as part of Schneider's Automation & Control Excellence (ACE) distributor program. The ACE program provides its members with a number of exclusive joint market development activities including local trade shows, sales support tools and resources, marketing programs and advertising campaigns to help these distributors reach out to customers and prospects in their local markets.