For Immediate Release: March 16, 2016



Bonnie Gurney

Director - Communications, AMT
703-827-5277 or


 Manufacturing Industry Leader Conference Focuses on
U.S. Manufacturing Trends & Economic Outlook



McLean, Va., (March 16, 2016) -  March 2-5, hundreds of manufacturing leaders gathered for The MFG Meeting, an event that emphasized the emerging developments and business forecasts for American manufacturing.

More than 400 manufacturing executives attended The MFG Meeting, held at the JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort & Spa in Palm Desert, Calif. The meeting brought together the complete manufacturing chain for an unparalleled four-day opportunity to learn, network, and be inspired.

One of the key manufacturing industry conferences in the country, The MFG Meeting is organized by two leading manufacturing industry trade associations, AMT – The Association For Manufacturing Technology and the National Tooling and Machining Association (NTMA).

“The MFG Meeting is where builders, distributors and end users converge to shape the future of manufacturing—an industry embracing change and critical to a healthy American economy,” said AMT Chairman Jerry Rex. “At the end of 2015, Congress made a change in the tax law that is a boost to manufacturers, yet we continue to face difficult challenges from the skilled worker shortage to slower growth rates expected until the fourth quarter. During the meeting we explored solutions, shared experiences of effective practices and made plans to advance the manufacturing technology industry.”

“Speakers at this year’s MFG Meeting included top executives from advanced manufacturing technology, human innovation science, economic intelligence, cyber security, and business strategy. From brilliant inventors and persistent researchers to popular on-air commentators and award-winning authors, all of these speakers are looking towards the future of manufacturing,” said AMT President Douglas Woods. “Attendees came away with a deeper understanding of the connected factory, as well as inspiration and insight from leaders of the most innovative companies in the world today.”

Thought-provoking statements from selected speakers included:
•    “The digital factory could be the social network of the future.”
     – Mickey McManus, Chairman & Principal, MAYA Design; Fellow, Autodesk
•     “America leads China in capital investment for manufacturing equipment.”
     – Alan Beaulieu, Principal of ITR Economics 
•    “Operating a CNC machine inspired me and turned my life around.”
     – Titan Gilroy, Owner, Titan America MFG; Executive TV Producer, Titan American Built

“Attending The MFG Meeting is a must for any member who wants to learn from others, grow their business, and develop their staff’s skills while understanding the trends in the industry,” said Dave Tilstone, NTMA President. “Additionally there is no better venue for members of the manufacturing community to connect with each other and to meet the world’s technology leaders,” added NTMA Chairman Herb Homeyer.

The MFG Meeting included a number of unique networking opportunities including a Miles for Manufacturing 5K Run/Walk benefiting the Max S. Hayes High School in Cleveland, Ohio, which offers customized learning programs including courses in CNC machining, CAD, and welding, along with courses in automotive repair and computer design. Attendees also enjoyed a speakeasy welcome reception and dinner, a golf tournament with NHL Hall of Famer Grant Fuhr, and a dinner dance.

Planning is already underway for The MFG Meeting next year, March 22-25, 2017, at the Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort, Amelia Island, Florida. Stay up to date with the latest at (#MFGmtg).



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: National Tooling and Machining Association 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 1,400 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.