Conference Showcases Exhibitors Who Manufacture and Hire in America
DEARBORN, Mich., April 20, 2009 — Think nothing is made in America? Think again.
While "Made in China" may be stamped on many of the things we buy, according to a recent AP report, the United States still corners the market on big ticket or "high-end manufacturing" found, for instance, in the aerospace and defense industries.
Detroit-area-based Visioneering Inc., for example, provides design, engineering, machining as well as manufacturing services to the $204 billion American aerospace and other industries.
"Here's a company based in Metro Detroit that used to make Corvette molds, but they diversified and now they only make them for the aerospace and wind industries," said Mark C. Tomlinson, general manager & executive director of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME), an international resource for manufacturing knowledge, education and networking.
"The company is not only proving that Detroit can make something other than cars, but also that great things are still made in the USA. Made in America isn't a thing of the past and companies like the Bruce Diamond Corporation and Guhring Inc. are proving otherwise."
The Bruce Diamond Corporation makes industrial diamond tools in the heart of New England. While Guhring may have ties to Germany, it still makes a variety of precision cutting tools at two locations in the Midwest and it has a distribution center located in Southern California.
And if you think that all manufacturing-related jobs are going overseas, Tomlinson says there are companies like Spanish-owned MTorres, "which has not only based some operations here, but employs American workers."
To showcase their products and their commitment to American manufacturing, these four companies have been invited to be premier exhibitors at the SME Composites Manufacturing 2009 and Tooling for Composites.
Set for April 29 – May 1, 2009, at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront, the conferences will bring together experts from aerospace, defense, wind energy and transportation to learn best practices in building composites or complex structures made from two or more materials with opposing physical and chemical properties. Composites are also the raw material used to build airplanes, wind turbines and other vital products that are largely made in — where else — America.
Some highlights from the conferences include:
Tabletop Exhibits (April 30 – May 1) — Visit with the exhibitors, continue discussions from the morning sessions and enjoy a refreshment in the Indigo Ballroom.
Networking Opportunities (April 29 – April 30) — On April 29 an opening reception at the Hilton enables participants to discuss industry trends and technologies with fellow attendees, speakers, exhibitors and industry experts. A "Meet, Greet and Discover" tabletop exhibits reception takes place on April 30 where attendees and exhibitors can conduct business and make connections in a relaxed atmosphere.
Keynote Presentations (April 30 –May 1) — On April 30, industry expert Randy Kappesser, vice president and general manager of MAG Cincinnati will discuss automated composite fabrication. Colin Cramp, vice president quality & compliance, R&D and chief engineer's office, Goodrich Aerostructures will give a presentation on composites in aircraft nacelles on May 1.
Learning Sessions (April 30 – May 1) — Attendees can select from more than 25 learning sessions focusing on five key topics: automated composites manufacturing, composite manufacturing, simulation for composites, design for composite structures and tooling.
Interactive Roundtable: Working Through Your Composite Show Stoppers (May 1) — This roundtable discussion will cover methods and best practices for dealing with composite manufacturing problems. The panelists represent a cross section of industries and are comprised of SME's Composites Manufacturing Tech Group Members:
Garry Booker, manufacturing engineer, The Boeing Company
David Dickson, tooling technology manager, Boeing Commercial Airplanes
Louis C. Dorworth, division manager, Abaris Direct Services
Carroll Grant, aerospace marketing contractor, Aerospace Composites Consulting
Richard Lofland, president, Richard Lofland & Associates
Brock Strunk, engineer, Spirit AeroSystems
To register for Composites Manufacturing 2009 and Tooling for Composites, call 800.733.4763 or 313.425.3000, ext. 4500 (outside the U.S. and Canada), or online at www.sme.org/composites.
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