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Irwin Car and Equipment's William Baker Named Regional Winner Ernst & Young's Entrepreneur of the Year Award Competition

Irwin, PA, July 26, 2013 – William (Bill) Baker, president and CEO of Irwin Car and Equipment, has been selected as a regional winner of the 2013 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year® Award. The group of leading business innovators from western Pennsylvania and West Virginia was chosen by an independent panel composed of previous Award winners, leading CEOs, private capital investors and other regional business leaders. The winners were announced recently at a dinner in Pittsburgh. This November, Mr. Baker will participate in Ernst & Young’s National Awards Gala at the Strategic Growth Forum in Palm Springs, CA, where he will attempt to represent the United States in the international round of competition.

“I am honored to be in the company of so many successful business people from throughout the region,” said Mr. Baker. “This award is the result of everyone at Irwin Car and Equipment always being committed to excellence, and doing whatever it takes to get the job done. It is also a testament to the continued strength of manufacturing as an economic engine of western Pennsylvania.”

About the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Awards Program
For more than 25 years, Ernst & Young, a global leader in assurance, tax, transaction and advisory services, has been using its Entrepreneur of the Year Awards Program to recognize business leaders in upward of 140 cities in more than 50 countries. Awards are given to entrepreneurs who demonstrate excellence in areas such as innovation, financial performance, and personal commitment to their businesses and communities.

The Program's national sponsors are SAP and The Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation. In western Pennsylvania and West Virginia, sponsors are PNC Bank; ParenteBeard; Trib Total Media, Buchanan Ingersoll Rooney, PC; and the University of Pittsburgh’s Institute for Entrepreneurial Excellence.

About Irwin Car and Equipment
Irwin Car and Equipment engineers and manufactures custom heavy-duty material handling equipment for a wide array of industries and applications. The company’s products for industrial applications include locomotives, transfer cars, furnace cars, ladle and scrap cars, scale cars, turntables, wheels, wheel assemblies, crane wheels and sheaves, rubber-tired steerable trailers, transporters, light-rail track/signaling devices, and AGVs. Irwin’s mining-related products include low-boy carrier cars, supply cars, roof transport cars, ballast cars, belt winders, constant tension winches, mobile mine ventilation systems, rock duster systems, drills, locomotives, personnel carriers, hydraulic filter systems, and filter elements. Irwin Car and Equipment has been in business for more than 120 years and is headquartered in Irwin, PA, 25 miles from Pittsburgh.