Renee Pieti pauses briefly during a tour of Rockwell Automation’s Mequon plant to exclaim how crucial the plant is to Rockwell chasing the automotive industry’s massive transformation to electric vehicles.

“Because of the EV revolution, we’re seeing such high demand for these products,” said Pieti, who is the company’s global lead executive with Tier 1 automotive suppliers.

Milwaukee-based Rockwell Automation Inc. in recent years quietly grew sales to electric-vehicle startups, major automakers and their suppliers. The company only recently disclosed identities of two customers revealing big wins with Hyundai Motor Co. and Ford Motor Co.

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