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SME Only Non Profit Show Management Organization with Three Shows In Top 200

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1 SME Dr., P.O. Box 930
Dearborn, MI, 48121

Press release date: June 9, 2006

DEARBORN, Mich., June 9, 2006 - The Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) continues to be listed as the only not for profit Show Management Organization amongst the leading Tradeshow Producers with three or more tradeshows that rank in the top 200 as listed by Tradeshow Week in 2005. SME has maintained this distinction for more than 10 years.

SME's ranked events include the FABTECH International & AWS Welding Show (#53), WESTEC (#147) and EASTEC (#173). Combined, the three shows equal more than 771,000 square feet with almost 2,000 exhibiting companies. The three events attracted more than 58,700 visitors annually.

The three tradeshows all experienced growth in 2005 both in size and in the number of exhibiting companies. The combination of FABTECH with the AWS Welding show more than doubled in size while WESTEC & EASTEC both had an increase in size of over 10,000 square feet.

SME partners with the Fabricators & Manufacturers Association, International and the American Welding Society on the FABTECH International & AWS Welding Show. SME partners with the Association for Manufacturing Technology and the American Machine Tool Distributors' Association on WESTEC and EASTEC.

About SME:

The Society of Manufacturing Engineers is the world's leading professional society supporting manufacturing education. Through its member programs, publications, expositions and professional development resources, SME promotes an increased awareness of manufacturing engineering and helps keep manufacturing professionals up to date on leading trends and technologies. Headquartered in Michigan, SME influences more than half a million manufacturing engineers and executives annually. The Society has members in 70 countries and is supported by a network of hundreds of chapters worldwide.

Contact: Alex Yovanovich SME Public Relations (313) 425-3155
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