AEC Re-Certified as a Women’s Business Enterprise

Automation Engineering Company was recently accepted by the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council as a WBENC-Certified Women’s Business Enterprise. The certification comes as a result of a rigorous and stringent process to confirm the business is 51 percent owned, controlled, operated and managed by a woman or women. This includes being active in the daily management and the strategic direction of the company.


To achieve WBENC Certification, Automation Engineering completed a stringent documentation and site visit process administered by one of WBENC’s 14 Regional Partner Organizations. The certification, which must be renewed annually, provides AEC with the ability to compete for real-time business opportunities provided by WBENC Corporate Members and government agencies.

“The core purpose of the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council is to stimulate diversity in the market,” according to AEC CEO Donna Rauch. “Every day, across the country, we see what expanding diversity does to promote innovation and entrepreneurship. This opens up new revenue streams for companies like AEC, and creates partnerships that help fuel the economy.”

Ms. Rauch joined Automation Engineering in 2013, with a background in strategic planning, operations management, process improvement and business development. She has played a vital role in AEC’s resurgence by providing the vision and leadership to more effectively connect the company’s senior engineering team with customer challenges and opportunities.

Founded in 1981 and headquartered in Greenville, SC, Automation Engineering Company works in collaboration with some of the world’s most demanding manufacturers to develop sophisticated turnkey material handling solutions that optimize plant efficiency and safety. AEC typically works in the automotive, aerospace, distribution and OCTG industry segments.