IMTS 2016 News Release - The International Manufacturing Technology Show
IMTS - Exhibitions & Communications Department

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For Immediate Release: March 21, 2016


Bonnie Gurney, Director - Communications, AMT
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 IMTS – International Manufacturing Technology Show
Unveils Newest Iconic Hot Air Balloon


McLean, VA.,  (March 21, 2016) - IMTS – The International Manufacturing Technology Show debuted its newest hot air balloon showcasing the new IMTS logo and brand colors of neon green and royal blue.

The iconic mascot of the Show since 2004, the IMTS balloon honors the rich heritage of American manufacturing and the innovation and excitement of the IMTS Show held every two years in September. IMTS 2016 is Sept. 7-12 at Chicago’s McCormick Place.

The first IMTS balloon made its inaugural flight in 2004 with a purple design, and the second version in 2008 with an orange and ribbon striped scheme. The balloons have participated in 
balloon festivals and tours around the U.S. The 2008 balloon recently completed its farewell tour, which began at the 2015 Kentucky Derby Festival, April 23-25, in Louisville, Ky. As part of the farewell tour, members of the IMTS community participated in a contest and won free IMTS balloon rides. 

Peter R. Eelman, Vice President – Exhibition and Communications, AMT – The Association For Manufacturing Technology stated, “For the past 12 years, a conservative estimated 2.5 million people have seen the IMTS balloons in both public and private events, and numerous more have seen the balloons on T.V. broadcasts, Web, print media, and on the wall of countless manufacturing plants by means of the IMTS balloon calendar. The IMTS balloon remains an integral part of the Show in Chicago, but also extends our brand well beyond the six days of the Show.”

All three IMTS balloons were made by the American company Lindstrand Balloons in Galena, Ill., and the balloons are operated by Aerial Advantage, Inc. of Columbia, Missouri.

IMTS Balloon Schedule 2016:
April 28-30          Louisville, KY                   Derby Festival
June 10-12           Waterloo, IA                      Waterloo Days
June 24-26           Howell, MI                        Michigan Challenge
July 29-31            Readington, NJ                 Quick Chek Festival
August 10-12       Findlay, OH                       Flag City Balloon Festival
Sept 12-17           Chicago, IL                        IMTS
Oct 1-9                Albuquerque, NM              Balloon Fiesta




Conversations within the IMTS community on social media can be found on Twitter @IMTS_2016 or #IMTS, The IMTS LinkedIn Group and Facebook

IMTS – International Manufacturing Technology Show
The largest and longest running manufacturing technology trade show in the United States is held every other year at McCormick Place in Chicago, Ill.  IMTS 2016 will run Sept. 12-17.  IMTS is ranked among the largest trade shows in the world. Recognized as one of the world’s preeminent stages for introducing and selling manufacturing equipment and technology, IMTS attracts more than 114,000 visitors from every level of industry and more than 112 countries.  IMTS is owned and managed by AMT – The Association For Manufacturing Technology.

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.


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