Manufacturing Industry Leader Conference Focuses on U.S. Manufacturing Trends & Economic Outlook

Hundreds of manufacturing leaders gathered recently for The MFG Meeting, an event that emphasized the emerging developments and business forecasts for American manufacturing.

More than 400 manufacturing executives attended The MFG Meeting, held in March in Palm Desert, California and hosted by AMT – The Association For Manufacturing Technology and the National Tooling and Machining Association (NTMA). The meeting brought together the complete manufacturing chain for an unparalleled four-day opportunity to learn, network, and be inspired.

“The MFG Meeting is where builders, distributors and end users converge to shape the future of manufacturing—an industry embracing change and critical to a healthy American economy,” said AMT Chairman Jerry Rex. “At the end of 2015, Congress made a change in the tax law that is a boost to manufacturers, yet we continue to face difficult challenges from the skilled worker shortage to slower growth rates expected until the fourth quarter. During the meeting we explored solutions, shared experiences of effective practices and made plans to advance the manufacturing technology industry.”

“Speakers at this year’s MFG Meeting included top executives from advanced manufacturing technology, human innovation science, economic intelligence, cyber security, and business strategy. From brilliant inventors and persistent researchers to popular on-air commentators and award-winning authors, all of these speakers are looking towards the future of manufacturing,” said AMT President Douglas Woods. “Attendees came away with a deeper understanding of the connected factory, as well as inspiration and insight from leaders of the most innovative companies in the world today.”

Thought-provoking statements from selected speakers included:

“The digital factory could be the social network of the future.”
     – Mickey McManus, Chairman & Principal, MAYA Design; Fellow, Autodesk
 “America leads China in capital investment for manufacturing equipment.”
     – Alan Beaulieu, Principal of ITR Economics
“Operating a CNC machine inspired me and turned my life around.”
    – Titan Gilroy, Owner, Titan America MFG; Executive TV Producer, Titan American Built

The MFG Meeting included a number of unique networking opportunities including a Miles for Manufacturing 5K Run/Walk benefiting the Max S. Hayes High School in Cleveland, Ohio, which offers customized learning programs including courses in CNC machining, CAD, and welding, along with courses in automotive repair and computer design.

Planning is already underway for The MFG Meeting next year, March 22-25, 2017, at the Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort, Amelia Island, Florida. Stay up to date with the latest at (#MFGmtg).

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