Keynote for THE BIG M will be delivered by Penny Pritzker.

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U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker will keynote SME's inaugural THE BIG M, which will take place in Detroit, MI from June 9–12. Highlighting ideas, innovations, and technologies from across manufacturing industry, event will bring together professionals, manufacturers, and policymakers to discuss real-world solutions to accelerate manufacturing in communities across USA. Event will feature exhibits, conference sessions with manufacturing experts, company tours, and demonstrations.

Original Press Release:

THE BIG M Announces U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker as Keynote Speaker

Manufacturing event to bring together industry stakeholders, leaders and policymakers to discuss key issues and solutions

(DEARBORN, Mich.) – SME is pleased to announce U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker will keynote its inaugural THE BIG M event in Detroit, Michigan June 9 to 12. THE BIG M is designed to highlight the latest ideas, innovations and technologies from across the manufacturing industry and brings together professionals, manufacturers and policymakers to discuss real-world solutions to accelerate manufacturing in communities nationwide.

“A strong manufacturing sector is critical to our intellectual and innovative capacity, and I am delighted to be part of THE BIG M event to discuss programs and policies that will help our manufacturers maintain global competitiveness,” said Pritzker. “Manufacturing accounts for 70 percent of private sector research and development and 70 percent of patents issued. It also makes up the majority of U.S. exports, which support 10 million American jobs and contributed a record $2.2 trillion to our economy last year.”

Through exhibits, conference sessions featuring manufacturing experts, company tours and demonstrations, THE BIG M is focused on showcasing breakthrough technologies and applications. This event will also highlight critical topics such as advanced manufacturing, covering innovation, digital factory, cybersecurity, new technology, talent, 3D printing, globalization, modeling, simulation and sustainability.

“The collaborative input of industry is powerful and will shape the future of manufacturing,” said Debbie Holton, SME managing director of industry strategy and events. “THE BIG M provides an optimal venue for manufacturers to have their voices heard by policymakers and team up on their own industry initiatives.”

To learn more about THE BIG M and see full conference and exhibit details or to register for any of the event offerings, visit For the latest news, follow @bigmevent on Twitter or

About THE BIG M 

SME's THE BIG M initiative is years in the making ¯ designed to convene manufacturers around industry's most vital issues and leverage the power of industry leaders to collaborate and address them. This event demonstrates that manufacturing professionals and companies can shape the future by creating a strong path forward together, connecting people with technology and expertise, affirming the importance of manufacturing, speaking in a unified voice to policymakers and proving that manufacturing is a knowledge industry where creativity is sought and valued.

Highlights will include Innovation Factories featuring live presentations of the latest technologies; exhibit floor "tech talks" and Q&A sessions with industry experts who will provide the knowledge and insight manufacturers need most. Featured technologies include smart manufacturing, modeling and simulation, digital manufacturing, advanced materials and lightweighting, cybersecurity and more. THE BIG M is the umbrella pulling together several co-located events including: SME’s RAPID Conference & Exposition, the North American Manufacturing Research Conference, the ISA Cybersecurity Conference, the MMTC Proud to Manufacture in Michigan Conference, the Great Lakes Manufacturing Council Manufacturing Forum and the Advanced Manufacturing Partnership 2.0 National Meeting.

About THE BIG M Sponsorships

THE BIG M event sponsors have invested time and resources to the conference and the future of the manufacturing industry. Among the organizations that have contributed to conference are the Michigan Economic Development Corp., Autodesk, The Dow Chemical Co., Kelly Services Inc., GE and Dell Inc. 

About SME

SME connects all those who are passionate about making things that improve our world. As a nonprofit organization, SME has served practitioners, companies, educators, government and communities across the manufacturing spectrum for more than 80 years. Through its strategic areas of events, media, membership, training and development, and the SME Education Foundation, SME is uniquely dedicated to advancing manufacturing by addressing both knowledge and skill needs for industry. Follow @sme_mfg on Twitter or

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