Out in a cornfield, roughly 50 miles from Pennsylvania’s Lehigh Valley, is a company you just may want to keep your eye on.TIW Technology, or Technology for the Industrial Workplace, is aptly named for its roots in manufacturing, and the story of how it forayed into the accounting software space and created Alere Business Applications reflects the company’s mission to create products in response to customer needs.

The company began in 1983 by providing consulting and programming for refineries and power generation plants. It acquired, and was one of the original dealers of, AutoCad, a software application for two- and three-dimensional design and drafting.

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