Original Press Release
EASTEC Features East Coast Manufacturing Innovations on 30th Anniversary
Press release date: January 16, 2009
WEST SPRINGFIELD, MA, January 16, 2009 - Manufacturing on the East Coast is alive and well and EASTEC serves as proof. The largest annual manufacturing event on the East Coast, EASTEC will celebrate its 30-year anniversary on May 19th-21st at the Eastern States Exhibition Center in West Springfield, MA. The three-day event will draw approximately 14,000 attendees and 600 exhibitors.
EASTEC is spread over 160,000 square feet of space and consists of five technology-focused areas: Precision Manufacturing Equipment and Systems; Automation, Supply Chain and Process Improvement; Plant, Energy, and Environmental Efficiency; Design Engineering and Rapid Technologies; Tooling, Workholding, and Machining Accessories. New Resource Centers will provide attendees with access to experts on Lean & Green, Energy, Medical, and Aerospace & Defense who will present the latest innovations in their field.
Contrary to news coverage about manufacturing jobs going overseas, this industry will have hundreds of thousands of good paying, highly-skilled job openings in the next decade so EASTEC will hold its Careers In Technology Program for 8th - 12th grade students on Thursday, May 21st. Students will have the opportunity to tour the exhibits, talk to manufacturers, and participate in a design competition. Through its sponsor, the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME), EASTEC has access to $600,000 in scholarships and each student attending this year's program will have the opportunity to apply for one. Approximately 500 students attended the Careers In Technology Program last year.
On May 19th, economist Alan Beaulieu from the Institute for Trend Research will address manufacturing executives and their top clients to an invitation-only dinner and presentation at the Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, MA.
Since 1979, EASTEC has provided close to a half million manufacturing attendees with the ideas, tools, and technologies to be competitive. Recent studies, including "Staying Power. The Future of Manufacturing in Massachusetts," noted the stabilization of manufacturing jobs and the increased output, productivity, and contributions to gross state domestic. According to the Massachusetts study, the manufacturing industry of today is "highly sophisticated and likely to remain a strong contributor to both state product and employment."
EASTEC 2009 is co-sponsored by SME, the American Machine Tool Distributors' Association (AMTDA), and the Association for Manufacturing Technology (AMT).
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 practitioners and executives annually. The Society has members in more than 70 countries and is supported by a network of hundreds of technical communities and chapters worldwide.