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FABTECH Panel to Focus on Building an American Manufacturing Workforce for the Future

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Chicago, September 25, 2013 – Workforce development is one of the key challenges manufacturers face to remain competitive in today’s global economy, and this year’s FABTECH exposition in Chicago will examine this issue with a special panel discussion. FABTECH, North America’s largest metalforming, fabricating, welding and finishing event, will be held at McCormick Place in Chicago on November 18-21, 2013.

Although manufacturing jobs are good, well-paying jobs, manufacturers can’t find workers with the skills needed for tens of thousands of available positions, and they are looking for answers. Solutions for a Qualified Workforce Pipeline will be held at 12:30 PM CST on Wednesday, November 20 and will include leading manufacturing professionals who will discuss ways education, industry and government can work together to build and strengthen the future manufacturing workforce pipeline.

This can’t-miss event for FABTECH attendees will feature industry innovators Stacey DelVecchio, manager of product development and global technology for Caterpillar; Joe Lampinen, director of engineering services APG at Kelly Services; Scott Mazzulla, vice president for planning and development – CWI at the Hobart Institute of Welding Technology; and Jeannine Kunz, director of training and development at SME. The panel will be moderated by Pam McDonough, president/CEO of the Alliance for Illinois Manufacturing/North Business & Industrial Council.

We work to ensure that FABTECH features timely and relevant discussions every year, and there is no greater challenge facing workers today than workforce development issues,” said show co-manager John Catalano. “The Solutions for a Qualified Workforce Pipeline panel will outline recommendations for developing employees of tomorrow to meet the skilled labor needs of today’s manufacturers.”

The workforce development panel and other panel discussions are free and open to all FABTECH 2013 attendees.

FABTECH 2013 is expected to attract 35,000 manufacturers – a record number - to Chicago’s McCormick Place to view 1,500 exhibits, including live equipment demonstrations, on more than 550,000 net square feet of floor space.

You can also read more about industry news and FABTECH events on the FABTECH blog.

The five FABTECH co-sponsors represent a wide variety of expertise and include: the American Welding Society (AWS), the Fabricators & Manufacturers Association, International (FMA), the Precision Metalforming Association (PMA), the Chemical Coaters Association International (CCAI), and SME. Together, these associations bring unmatched technical proficiency and industry insight to the 2013 FABTECH expo. Read more about FABTECH’s co-sponsors here.

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