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September 6, 2016

Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker to Delivery Keynote Remarks at IMTS 2016

McLean, VA — United States Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker will deliver keynote remarks at the opening ceremony for IMTS – The International Manufacturing Technology Show, September 12, 2016, McCormick Place, Chicago. The opening ceremony takes place on Level 3 of the Grand Concourse at McCormick Place and runs from 9:30 to 10:00 a.m.

Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker to Deliver Opening Keynote at Ribbon Cutting at IMTS 2016

Speaking before hundreds of attendees, Secretary Pritzker will highlight the Department of Commerce’s role in strengthening America’s manufacturing industry, and how the National Network for Manufacturing Innovation is keeping this sector on the cutting edge of innovation. The NNMI has brought together companies, universities, academic and training institutions, and federal agencies to co-invest in “hubs” focused on emerging technologies, which are intended to encourage additional investment and production in the United States. In her remarks, Secretary Pritzker will preview the next chapter for NNMI as the network of institutes continues to grow.

Secretary Pritzker will tour the exhibits at 10:00 a.m. and host invitation-only press interviews at 12:00 p.m. Media wishing to interview Secretary Pritzker should contact the Department of Commerce Office of Public Affairs at Media wishing to attend IMTS are required to register for a credential at

During Pritzker’s tenure as Secretary of Commerce, she has been an advocate for the manufacturing industry on trade, innovation, and workforce development issues. Her support has been critical to achieving President Obama’s vision for a national network of public-private manufacturing institutes with unique technology focus areas. In addition, the Department of Commerce under Secretary Pritzker’s leadership has spearheaded the Investing in Manufacturing Communities Partnership, which helps communities compete globally for manufacturing jobs and investment by leveraging a broad portfolio of federal tools and funding streams across eleven agencies. Also under her tenure, Manufacturing Day has grown from a small pilot to an initiative that last year reached over 400,000 people.

Secretary Pritzker will be introduced by Richard Simons, President/CEO of Hardinge Group™ and Chairman of AMT – The Association For Manufacturing Technology, which produces and owns IMTS. AMT President Douglas K. Woods will open the ceremony. Note that media who wish to attend IMTS are required to register for a credential at

“We are thrilled to have Secretary Pritzker visit IMTS,” said Peter R. Eelman, AMT Vice President – Exhibitions & Business Development. “It symbolizes the collaboration that continues to develop between the manufacturing industry and the U.S. government that will drive innovation forward.”

IMTS is the largest and longest running manufacturing technology trade show in North America. Business owners, executives, managers, supervisors and engineers attend the show to discover current and on-the-horizon technology innovations that enhance business competitiveness. Industries represented include aerospace, automotive, medical, energy, electronics, appliances, automation, software and cloud applications.

IMTS 2016, Sept. 12-17, McCormick Place, Chicago, will occupy approximately 1.3 million sq. ft. of exhibition space, feature more than 2,000 exhibitors and attract more than 114,000 attendees. To add further value, IMTS has teamed up with Hanover Fairs, USA (the U.S. subsidiary of Deutsche Messe) to co-locate five shows that run concurrently with IMTS: Industrial Automation North America; Motion, Drive & Automation North; Surface Technology North America; ComVac North America; and Industrial Supply North America.

IMTS offers 10 technology Pavilions, which include the new Additive Manufacturing Pavilion, as well as those for Abrasive Machining/Sawing/Finishing; Controls & CAD-CAM; EDM; Gear Generation; Fabricating & Lasers; Machine Components/Cleaning/Environmental; Metal Cutting; Quality Assurance; and Tooling & Workholding Systems. The MyShow Planner tool, available at, allows visitors to search exhibitors by category then develop a personalized map throughout the exhibition floor to make their show visit as efficient as possible.

Conversations within the IMTS community are continuing on social media:
@ Twitter: @IMTS_2016 or #IMTS
LinkedIn: The IMTS LinkedIn Group

Media Notes

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IMTS — International Manufacturing Technology Show

The largest and longest running manufacturing technology trade show in the United States is held every other year at McCormick Place in Chicago, Ill. IMTS 2016 will run Sept. 12-17. IMTS is ranked among the largest trade shows in the world. Recognized as one of the world’s preeminent stages for introducing and selling manufacturing equipment and technology, IMTS attracts more than 114,000 visitors from every level of industry and more than 112 countries. IMTS is owned and managed by AMT — The Association For Manufacturing Technology.

AMT — The Association For Manufacturing Technology

AMT — The Association For Manufacturing Technology represents and promotes U.S.-based manufacturing technology and its members—those who design, build, sell, and service the continuously evolving technology that lies at the heart of manufacturing. Founded in 1902 and based in Virginia, the association specializes in providing targeted business assistance, extensive global support, and business intelligence systems and analysis. AMT is the voice that communicates the importance of policies and programs that encourage research and innovation, and the development of educational initiatives to create tomorrow’s Smartforce. AMT owns and manages IMTS — The International Manufacturing Technology Show, which is the premier manufacturing technology event in North America.

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