Norwalk, CT — The U.S. National Manufacturing Week will move from its traditional venue at McCormick Place in Chicago to the newly renovated Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, Il., in 2006. This move promises to significantly reduce the total cost of exhibiting while greatly increasing value of the event for U.S. manufacturers.
In 2006, the four-day educational conference begins on Monday, March 20, and the exhibition dates are March 21-23, Tuesday – Thursday.
The Stephens convention centre offers 840,000 sq ft of exhibition space with 50 modern meeting rooms. The convenient suburban Rosemont location is a five-minute free shuttle bus ride from Chicago O’Hare International airport.
During the 2005 edition of National Manufacturing Week at Chicago’s McCormick Place, to take place March 7-10, attendees can choose from more than 300 educational seminars and training sessions, 50% more than last year’s event. Also, for the first time, continuing education credits (CEU’s) will be offered. That effort is foundational for an entirely new National Manufacturing Week experience planned in Rosemont.
"Our attending customers are clearly asking for opportunities to learn and gain vital insights into the solutions they need to survive and thrive," said Kel Marsden-Kish, industry vice-president, Reed Exhibitions, producer of the event. "And for that reason, education, seminars, training sessions and opportunities to network and share will be even more critical components of National Manufacturing Week going forward."
At the same time, exhibitors at NMW are seeking ways to reduce the total cost of exhibiting. The move to Rosemont’s convention centre will result in significant savings, not the least of which will be the show’s ability to offer space rates inclusive of drayage and lower labour costs due to more flexible work rules. On average, an exhibitor will save 25% off show expenses alone with the move to Rosemont.
"This is in the best interest of our members," said National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) vice-president, marketing & business development, David W. Walker. "With our membership looking to reduce their operating costs while benefiting from the many advantages of participation in National Manufacturing Week’s exhibits and educational program, this move will enhance the value of the event while facilitating content, commerce and community for our membership."
NMW show organizer Reed Exhibitions already conducts several events in the manufacturing sector at the Stephens centre. They are: Assembly Technology Expo (ATExpo); Quality Expo; and Powder and Bulk Solids; each of these events has been held for over 20 years at the centre.