Hundreds of Manufacturing Leaders to Gather for the Second Edition of The MFG Meeting

Four leading associations will combine resources to host the second edition of The MFG Meeting (Manufacturing for Growth), a gathering of hundreds of manufacturing leaders, March 8-11, 2012, in Orlando, Fla. Collectively representing a cross-section of the industry, 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 (PMA) will combine their annual meetings to pursue the common goal of building sustained U.S. economic growth by strengthening the country's manufacturing sector.

Together, the four associations comprise more than 4,000 small- and medium-sized manufacturers from all 50 states that provide products for the aerospace, automotive, construction, energy, medical and many other industries in the United States and abroad. By sharing resources, The MFG Meeting provides an opportunity for more than 700 top manufacturing executives to exchange best practices as the industry seeks to reassert and expand its U.S. economic footprint.

The MFG Meeting includes a slate of top-notch speakers ranging from an inspiring keynote from Super Bowl winning coach and NASCAR team owner Joe Gibbs, to sessions that cover economics, marketing, innovation and government relations.

"Last year’s inaugural edition of The MFG Meeting was a resounding success with manufacturing executives taking away tools and information to help them run their businesses more effectively,” AMT President Douglas K. Woods said.  “This event is a chance for nearly 1,000 of your manufacturing peers to network and collaborate with each other.  The 2012 MFG Meeting not only brings all of us together in one place, at one time to share common issues and discuss ideas and solutions for overcoming those challenges, but also provides informative speakers and industry roundtables to expand our knowledge base on key manufacturing topics.”

Peter Borden, AMTDA President & CEO added, “AMTDA members are looking forward to the networking between manufacturers, distributors, and customers, as well as hearing from leading speakers on American manufacturing, the economy and politics.  We look forward to celebrating a successful rebound of the manufacturing sector and to making more progress in 2012.”

“The NTMA is excited to be a part of The 2012 MFG Meeting especially after the great success of MFG 2011,” noted Dave Tilstone, NTMA President. To have four of the powerful industry associations collectively come together to support manufacturing and promote its awareness, shows the positive effects of collaborating around a common goal. In 2012, NTMA will focus on ‘Transforming for Competitiveness: Your Company, Your Chapter, Your Industry.’ This event provides the perfect venue and atmosphere to educate people on increasing their corporate competitiveness in our transforming industry.”

William E. Gaskin, PMA President concluded, “PMA and our members look forward to the 2012 MFG Meeting in Orlando, with its emphasis on collaboration among the major industry associations representing metalforming, tooling and machining, machinery building and sales distribution segments of manufacturing. Working together is critical in bringing new energy to the manufacturing sector of our economy. Now is the time to build on the success of the 2011 meeting, continuing to create new relationships in the metalworking supply chain to assure mutual success.”

For more information, visit: www.theMFGmeeting.com

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