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Registration open for third edition of the MFG meeting

Registration is open for the third edition of The MFG Meeting, a gathering of hundreds of manufacturing leaders, March 5-8, 2013 at the Hilton Waikoloa Village in Waikoloa, Hawaii. The joining of AMT (The Association For Manufacturing Technology), NTMA (National Tooling & Machining Association) and PMA (Precision Metalforming Association) for The MFG Meeting, this year themed “Rethink…Refocus…Reinvent…Redefine Convention” links the entire manufacturing chain, from OEM's to distribution to end-user manufacturers and provides the forum for uniquely collaborative conversations on the most relevant topics affecting manufacturing today. “The MFG Meeting has clearly emerged as the must-attend manufacturing leadership event. Bringing together our industry’s entire supply chain, and having the opportunity to absorb information critical for our members in running their businesses, is key to keeping manufacturing leading our economy,” stated AMT President Douglas K. Woods, AMT President. “2013 marks the 70th Anniversary of the NTMA,” noted Dave Tillstone, NTMA President. “Throughout these seventy years, the NTMA has made significant contributions to the precision manufacturing industry through our efforts in Membership Value, Industry Advocacy, Workforce Development, and Governance. It is only appropriate that we celebrate this milestone by joining with two of our strategic association partners, AMT and PMA, in our ‘Stewardship of the Manufacturing Industry’. MFG 2013 will align efforts within our associations so that we will better serve our members and the industry in whole.” “Owners and senior executives of machine tool, precision manufacturing, metalforming companies engage with each other and with outstanding speakers , suppliers and sponsors at The MFG Meeting, to network and share ideas on how to continuously improve their companies,” said William E. Gaskin, PMA. To fuel the important conversations, the sponsoring associations will host an impressive roster of speakers with thought-provoking presentations including:

ITW: 100 Years of Producing Commercial Innovations for its Customers - Roland Martel, ITW Executive Vice President, Automotive, Appliance and Industrial. Over the years, Roland Martel has held various Vice President and President positions in the ITW Metal Components division. Prior to his current position, he served as President of ITW’s Global Automotive Division, and in 2006, became Executive President of the Global Automotive Components businesses. In 2010, Mr. Martel became Executive Vice President for the entire Global Automotive and Appliance Components businesses.

Map Your Market for 2013/ The New Presidential Term: A New Economy OR More of the Same? John Walker, Chairman Oxford Economics, Ken Mayland, President Clearview Economics. This session features two well-respected economists who specialize in understanding and interpreting the impact of economic trends on manufacturing. John Walker, chairman of Oxford Economics and Ken Mayland, president of Clearview Economics will provide their most up-to-date insights followed by a moderated panel discussion and questions from the audience. A representative from Gold Sponsor, Sandvik, will introduce the session and moderate the economic panel.

Trends, Technology and Taking the Lead Scott Klososky, Technology Thought Leader and Social Technologies Expert, Principal at Future Point of View. Scott Klososky is a thought leader who specializes in helping leaders see the world in new ways. He has used innovation, velocity, and future vision to build his own companies and advise clients. Speaking to audiences across the market spectrum, he never fails to send them home with at least three new ideas that can be applied right away. Scott has the ability to translate where technology and trends are going in an engaging and entertaining way. He also has a rare combination of both “over the horizon” vision and “in the trenches” experience. His goal is not just to inform, but to transform the audience’s way of thinking.

International Business Lou Longo, Partner, Plante & Moran Global Services will cover the current business climate and the risks and rewards involved in doing business internationally and provide insight on globalization and off-shoring strategies, foreign investments, mergers, joint ventures, market analysis, and export market requirements.

Never Fly Solo! The Power of Partnership to Reach New Heights in Business Lt. Col. Rob ‘Waldo’ Waldman, motivational speaker, best-selling author and former combat fighter pilot. This presentation entitled, “Never Fly Solo! The Power of Partnership to Reach New Heights in Business promotes organizational cultures that embrace disciplined training, dedicated teamwork, courageous leadership and unwavering trust will provide the insight to can apply in companies and the motivation to carry it out.

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