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SME hosts SOUTH-TEC 2007 in Charlotte, NC.

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August 28, 2007 - Scheduled for Oct 2-4 at Charlotte Convention Center, SOUTH-TEC 2007 Exposition and Conference will give attendees opportunity to explore 300 exhibits; evaluate latest technologies, processes, and manufacturing strategies; and attend educational sessions on show floor. It includes traditional equipment such as machining centers, cutting tools, and lathes, as well as emerging technologies and concepts, including advanced materials, lean manufacturing, and micro manufacturing.

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

Press release date: July 23, 2007

DEARBORN, Michigan, July 23, 2007 - The latest technologies that drive manufacturing will be on display at the Society of Manufacturing Engineers' SOUTH-TEC 2007 Exposition & Conference (, to be held October 2-4 at the Charlotte Convention Center in Charlotte, NC. This is the Southeast's definitive manufacturing event, where attendees will have the opportunity to explore 300 exhibits, evaluate the latest technologies, processes and manufacturing strategies, and attend educational sessions right on the show floor.

An added feature of this year's show will be SME Motorsports and the showcasing of NASCAR-focused displays, featuring race-winning motorsports technology. In conjunction with the motorsports feature will be the Manufacturing for Performance Theater located on the show floor. Admission to the theater requires a daily "Pit Pass," which costs just $40 ($25 for SME members) and provides general show admission, a lunch voucher valid at any show floor concessions, and attendance to that day's educational sessions.

Headline speakers include Tim Cindric, president of Penske Racing, Bobby Hutchens, vice president of R&D, Richard Childress Racing, and Andy Papathanassiou, executive director of North Carolina Motorsports Association.

SME is "Where Manufacturing Comes Together" for motorsports, and the Society is taking a leading role in placing a focus on the importance of manufacturing and engineering jobs within the growing motorsports industry. SME supports and collaborates with teams, sanctioning groups and component manufacturers, and at its web site, SME provides news and technical information, networking for manufacturing practitioners, and links to the two major hubs for racing: Indiana and Charlotte through the Indiana Motorsports Association (IMA), and the North Carolina Motorsports Association (NCMA). This Web site will be a helpful reference for SOUTH-TEC 2007 participants.

SOUTH-TEC presents a unique opportunity for Southeast manufacturers looking for the latest metalworking technologies to help them keep their competitive edge. This includes traditional equipment such as machining centers, cutting tools and lathes, as well as emerging technologies and concepts, including advanced materials, lean manufacturing and micro manufacturing. For details and registration, visit

Show Sponsors: SOUTH-TEC is part of the APEX Series of events co-sponsored by SME (, the Association for Manufacturing Technology (AMT -, and the American Machine Tool Distributors' Association (AMTDA -

About SME: The Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) 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 practitioners and executives annually. The Society, which celebrates its 75th anniversary in 2007, has members in more than 70 countries and is supported by a network of hundreds of technical communities and chapters worldwide.
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