Based on the success of the inaugural “Manufacturing for Growth” Meeting, organizers have announced plans to host a second conference next year from March 8 to 11, 2012, at the Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress in Orlando, Florida.
More than 650 manufacturing executives attended the first edition of the event from March 3 through 6 in Chandler, Arizona. The MFG Meeting is organized by four manufacturing trade associations that together comprise more than 4,000 manufactures and distributors: AMT-The Association for Manufacturing Technology; the American Machine Tool Distributors’ Association (AMTDA); the National Tooling and Machining Association (NTMA); and the Precision Metalforming Association.
In addition to numerous presentations, roundtable discussions and other typical business events, the meeting highlighted manufacturing’s recent forays onto the big screen. The first night led off with a Tom Brokaw feature from a recent episode of NBC Nightly News that discussed the changing face of manufacturing, while the next night saw the debut of “The Edge Factor Show,” an online show sponsored by “Modern Machine Shop” that is designed to highlight both the importance and excitement of modern manufacturing. The episode, which detailed how Center Rock, Inc. of Berlin, Pennyslvania manufactured a drill to rescue 30 trapped Chilean miners last October, was well-received, organizers say.
“I believe that MFG accomplished exactly what it set out to do—bringing together a broad spectrum of the manufacturing industry for networking, collaboration and discussion,” says Douglas K. Woods, president of AMT. “Coming together in this way is essential to revitalizing the U.S. manufacturing industry.”