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Troy, PA, April 4, 2005 - Monday-morning commuters on Interstate 75 near Troy got a "sign" that something was up when they drove past the Top of Troy building.

And that something is the 100th anniversary of the Society of Automotive Engineers.

Through the end of this month, it will be impossible for hundreds of thousands of Detroit-area drivers to miss this historic milestone because SAE International's Automotive Headquarters is flying a special centennial flag from the building.

SAE's Automotive Headquarters, located in the Top of Troy office building in the Detroit suburb of Troy, Mich., stands beside I-75. This building is in view of an estimated 112,000 commuters each business day. The banner will be flown throughout the month, which includes the dates of the 2005 SAE World Congress, April 11-14 at Cobo Center.

Moore Signs Inc. of Clinton Township hung the banner, which took about two hours, according to Jack Pokrzywa, SAE International's Director of Operations for Automotive Headquarters.

Since 1905, the Society of Automotive Engineers has played a vital role in the development of the mobility industry. SAE's first president was Andrew L. Riker, an early pioneer of electric vehicles who later produced the Locomobile Company's first gasoline-powered car. The 2005 SAE President is J. E. "Ted" Robertson, P.E., ASC Inc., Chief Engineer Emeritus - General Motors.