Hundreds of Manufacturers Convene for Successful Second Editon of “Manufacturing for Growth” Meeting

Plans Set for Next Meeting in Waikaloa, Hawaii

March 16, 2012 - McLean, Va.—  More than 750 manufacturing executives attended the second edition of The MFG Meeting (Manufacturing for Growth), March 8-11, 2012, in Orlando, Fla.  The event was organized by 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). 

During the meeting, AMT and AMTDA announced the merger of the two associations.  The Associations have integrated their products and services to better serve the members of both associations, calling the merger a logical evolution for the manufacturing technology industry.  AMT leadership says, “We are uniting the entire manufacturing technology supply chain from engineering and building machines, to integrating automation and support, to distribution services, which will well serve the users of manufacturing technology for their future.”

The hosts of The MFG Meeting comprise more than 4,000 small and medium-sized manufacturers and distributors 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 provided an opportunity for attendees to exchange best practices as the manufacturing industry continues its resurgence in the U.S.

This second annual MFG Meeting got underway on Thursday with a record-breaking number of attendees listening to Joe Gibbs, Hall of Fame Head Coach of the Washington Redskins and owner and founder of Joe Gibbs Racing.  Coach Gibbs brought into focus the three priorities of living a successful life, which are God, family, and job.  By listening to his personal experiences in keeping with these priorities, the audience received a great deal of food for thought.

Following Coach Gibbs, attendees received sound advice from Brad Hams, President of Ownership Thinking, LLC.  Hams discussed the importance of teaching employees to think and act like business owners and creating broad-based incentive plans that are self-funding and align employees’ behavior to the organization’s business and financial objectives.

On Friday, the General Assembly Session centered on an Industry & Economic Update from the President of The Institute for Trend Research, Alan Beaulieu, and Adrian Cooper, CEO, Oxford Economics.  While both economists believe that the industry may experience a modest slowdown in 2013, they also predict that the business cycle trend will continue to strengthen through 2017.  Since it is not often that two economists agree on a five-year forecast, their talks certainly renewed the confidence of the audience to move forward with production growth plans.

After the Economic Update, attendees had an opportunity to attend a variety of breakout sessions centered on current issues. Due to the interactive format of each session, participants were able to gather a wealth of information.

At the last General Assembly Session on Saturday, attendees listened to a thought-provoking talk on Productivity Strategies of Superachievers by Darren Hardy, Publisher and Editorial Director of SUCCESS Magazine.  Hardy’s comments on not doing many things but rather concentrating on doing two or three things that have the biggest impact on our business will lead us to a more productive and successful life got the attention of the attendees, which led to some lively conversation following the presentation.

“Last year’s successful inaugural MFG set the bar for very high expectations this year," said Brian Norris, Vice President of Marketing for Sandvik Coromant, the conference’s Gold sponsor.  "I can say without a doubt that the conference delivered even beyond last year.  We hosted a mix of customers, machine tool partners and industry association leadership that was engaged and thoroughly committed to keeping manufacturing vibrant.  I was impressed by the high quality speakers and thought-provoking topics, and  most importantly, I had plenty of networking opportunities with other attendees."

“We at Gardner Publications are pleased to have been The MFG Meeting’s Media Sponsor, said Rick Kline, Sr., President and CEO of Gardner Publications.  This conference has become a landmark event for builders, distributors and users throughout the manufacturing technology industry, and the focus of the meeting closely mirrors the focus of Modern Machine Shop.  The unique forum setting brings to life the best practices and principles that we discuss daily in our website, blog and magazine. We look forward to continuing to support the industry through this event.”

“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,” said AMT President Douglas K. Woods.  "Coming together in this way energizes everyone involved and is essential to continuing the current momentum for the U.S. manufacturing industry.  The feedback we received from our members was overwhelmingly positive, and the conference content was first-class.  We look forward to being a part of this increasingly important event next year.” 

“The NTMA was excited to be a part of The 2012 MFG Meeting,” noted Dave Tilstone, NTMA President.  To have these powerful industry associations come together to support manufacturing shows the positive effects of collaborating around a common goal. This event provided the perfect atmosphere to discuss the importance of increasing corporate competitiveness in our transforming industry”

William E. Gaskin, PMA President concluded,  “PMA was pleased to co-host the 2012 MFG Meeting in Orlando with the other leading manufacturing industry associations representing metalforming, tooling and machining, machinery building and sales.  Working together is critical in bringing new energy to the manufacturing sector.  We will build on the success of the 2012 meeting by continuing to create new relationships in the metalworking supply chain to assure mutual success.”

In 2013, the  MFG Meeting will be held at the Hilton Waikaloa Village in Waikaloa, Hawaii, March 6-10.

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About AMT:

AMT – The Association For Manufacturing Technology represents and promotes U.S.-based manufacturing technology and its members—those who design, build, sell, and service the continuously evolving technology that lies at the heart of manufacturing.  Founded in 1902 and based in Virginia, the association specializes in providing targeted business assistance, extensive global support, and business intelligence systems and analysis.  AMT is the voice that communicates the importance of policies and programs that encourage research and innovation, and the development of educational initiatives to create tomorrow’s Smartforce.  AMT owns and manages IMTS — The International Manufacturing Technology Show, which is the premier manufacturing technology event in North America.


About NTMA:

NTMA is the national association representing the precision custom manufacturing industry, which employs more than 440,000 skilled workers in the United States and generates sales in excess of $40 billion a year.  NTMA’s nearly 1,300 member companies design and manufacture special tools, dies, jigs, fixtures, gages, special machines and precision-machined parts.  Some firms specialize in experimental research and development work.


About PMA:

PMA is the full-service trade association representing the $113-billion metalforming industry of North America—the industry that creates precision metal products using stamping, fabricating, spinning, slide forming and roll forming technologies, and other value-added processes.  Its nearly 1,000 member companies also include suppliers of equipment, materials and services to the industry.

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