The Board of Directors of the Equipment and Tool Institute (ETI) have announced that ETI will no longer use a management company to administer the daily affairs of the institute. ETI has contracted with Management Services Group (MSG), a wholly owned subsidiary of the Motor and Equipment Manufacturer’s Association (MEMA) since 1999. The separation is scheduled to take effect as of January 1, 2006, at which time the Institute will become self-managed. "The board would like to thank MEMA and especially MSG for the support provided over the years. MEMA came to ETI’s rescue during some difficult years and served our organization admirably. Now that ETI is strong and on track, we feel that it is time to become independent once again," said Charlie Gorman, ETI executive manager, in a letter notifying MSG of the pending change. Gorman concluded the letter, written under the direction of the board of directors, by adding, "All of us at ETI look forward to working with MEMA in the future. We are involved in many projects and programs that are beneficial to both associations. We intend to continue to work with MEMA toward our mutual goals." "ETI is taking steps to secure its place and position in the industry. This is part of that process," said Bill Eernisse, the current president of ETI. "We have always been proud of our independent position in the industry and work hard to maintain that unique position. Becoming self-managed will allow us to continue to be seen as a truly independent group." Future correspondence from the Institute will alert the industry to the new mailing address and other pertinent contact information for the Institute. Founded in 1947, ETI continues to be a voice in the industry and will continue to work towards its mission to "advance the vehicle service industry by providing technical data and open dialog between the manufacturers of transportation products, government regulators and the providers of tools, equipment and service information."