Great Lakes 2007 Conference & Exposition will Bring Top Manufacturers to Grand Rapids

DEARBORN, Mich., May 5, 2006 - The Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) announced today that its new GREAT LAKES 2007 "Exploring Manufacturing Innovations" conference and exposition will take place September 18-20, 2007 at the DeVos Place in Grand Rapids, Michigan. This APEX event will provide manufacturing innovations for Great Lakes regional manufacturers, including a full spectrum of equipment, technology and education.

A major emphasis of the event will be on the potential for new economic expansions into the medical industry. GREAT LAKES 2007 will also bring together the various manufacturing sectors in the region, including government and regional initiatives like the Workforce Innovation in Regional Economic Development (WIRED) and West Michigan Science and Technology Initiative (WMSTI).

GREAT LAKES 2007 will be Michigan's largest manufacturing and metalworking exposition and offer access to more than 200 industry leading APEX exhibitors who are world-class providers of machine tools, metalworking equipment and other technologies. The Great Lakes economy is the third largest in the world and in a recent survey 76 percent of area manufacturers indicate their business activity has increased in the last year. Combined, the Great Lakes Gross State Product is $3.5 trillion. Manufacturing represents 16 percent of this total.

To exhibit at GREAT LAKES 2007 contact:

The Society of Manufacturing Engineers Expositions Division

Attention: Dave Morton, Account Manager
One SME Drive
P.O. Box 930
Dearborn, Michigan 48121-0930
Phone: (800) 733-3976, ext. 3142
Fax: (313) 425-3407

Show Sponsors:

GREAT LAKES 2007 is co-sponsored by the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME), the American Machine Tool Distributors' Association (AMTDA), and the Association for Manufacturing Technology (AMT),

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. Visit

Contact: Alex Yovanovich
SME Public Relations
Phone: (317) 425-3155


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