IMTS - Exhibitions & Communications Department
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For Immediate Release: July 15, 2015


Bonnie Gurney, Director - Communications, AMT
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IMTS – The International Manufacturing Technology Show Balloon to appear at QuickChek New Jersey Festival of Ballooning

MCLEAN, Va., (July, 15, 2015) - As part of its Farewell Tour, the IMTS – The International Manufacturing Technology Show big orange hot air balloon will appear at the QuickChek New Jersey Festival of Ballooning being held at Solberg Airport in Readington, N.J., July 24 – 26, 2015. The IMTS show itself is slated for Sept. 12 -17, 2016 at Chicago’s McCormick Place.

As part of the Farewell Balloon Tour, members of the IMTS community can enter a contest to win a chance for a free IMTS balloon ride.

The balloon, which made its inaugural flight in 2004 with a purple design, has achieved almost iconic -mascot status. The current version, an orange and ribbon striped design, debuted in 2008. To reflect a new show look, a new balloon will appear in 2016. 

“IMTS is honored to be part of the QuickChek New Jersey Festival, which is a well-loved community and family event,” said Peter R. Eelman, Vice President – Exhibitions and Communications, AMT – The Association For Manufacturing Technology. “We are especially proud that the Festival works with a large number of local, regional and national non-profit, school, and religious groups to make a difference in the community. To date, over $2.2 million dollars in charitable contributions have been raised by the Festival. We hope that the community and visitors to the Festival will enjoy the same smiles the IMTS community brings when they see the big IMTS balloon hovering above the lawn at McCormick Place.”

The balloon will also be on display at these events:

Pro Balloon Race
Ottumwa, Iowa
Aug. 28 - 30, 2015

Adirondack Festival
Glens Falls, N.Y.
Sept. 17 - 20, 2015

Balloon Fiesta
Albuquerque, N.M.
Oct. 3 - 11, 2015

Great Midwest Balloon Fest
Olathe, Kan.
October 23 - 24, 2015

Conversations within the IMTS community are continuing on social media:
@IMTS_2016 or #IMTS 
The IMTS LinkedIn Group 

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.