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FABTECH 2009 Provides Economic Solutions
Dearborn, MI — FABTECH® 2009 scheduled for November 15-18 at Chicago's McCormick Place, is expected to provide solutions to survive the recession and prepare for recovery. It is North America's largest metal forming, fabricating and welding event, and more than 35,000 attendees are expected to participate along with 1,000 exhibitors.

Many economists are predicting that the recession will end and the economy will begin to rebound by the end of 2009. Scheduled for the middle of the fourth quarter, the FABTECH International and AWS Welding Show, including METALFORM, is timed to provide manufacturers with the latest tools, technologies and processes to enable them to take advantage of the recovery period.

Cosponsored by the American Welding Society (AWS), Fabricators and Manufacturers Association Int'l (FMA), Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) and Precision Metalforming Association (PMA), the event is the ultimate solutions showcase. Thousands of buyers and sellers from around the globe will gather at the exhibition to exchange products and services, network with peers, discover new products and vendors, and educate the industry on the latest technologies.

"Those involved in evaluating and purchasing new equipment, products or services in the industry will find the most comprehensive lineup of the industry's hottest innovations in action and gain invaluable knowledge by attending the show," said John Catalano, FABTECH show manager.

"For exhibitors, this event provides a unique opportunity to showcase products and services in front of the industry's most targeted buying audience. With our expected attendance, we think this ultimate gathering of buyers and sellers is proof positive that manufacturing — a key indicator of an improving economy — will thrive when the economy does pick up," said Catalano.

In addition to viewing the latest products, attendees will benefit from a comprehensive array of educational offerings. The 2009 show also will include the first official METALFORM Pavilion exhibition that will display innovations in stamping technology.

Other show highlights include two dynamic speakers moderating keynote panel discussions. On Monday, Nov. 16, Jeff Knauf, president of Medalist Laserfab, Inc., will moderate a panel discussion titled "Best Practices for Thriving in Tough Times" on business strategies for surviving and thriving during an uncertain economy. On Tuesday, Nov. 17, William Haas, client program manager for The Shaw Group, will lead a discussion called "Energy — The Outlook Is Bright, But Where Will It Lead Us?" that will include experts from the surging wind and solar energy sectors with experts from the oil and gas industries to discuss trends and forecasts, government issues and what it all means to current suppliers.

Free Solutions Showcase Seminars will offer managers and business owners solutions and strategies for operating a more efficient and competitive business. Located on the show floor, these free, expert-led sessions cover a wide range of topics, including maintaining sales focus in a down economy, smart strategies for preserving stakeholder relationships, protecting a company from bankruptcy, what the wind energy market means for metal

manufacturing, the growth of solar energy, the essentials of job shop marketing, and social media 101.

Education/Technical sessions: Attendees can take advantage of a unified educational curriculum including METALFORM. The event offers a variety of technical seminars, conferences, professional programs and more. From metal forming, fabricating and welding technology to economic, operation and management issues, the programming has been designed to provide the latest and most up-to-date information attendees need to successfully operate in every aspect of the industry. More than 25 new sessions are planned, including a newly expanded stamping track.

Professional Welders Competition: Professional welders will compete on the show floor Sunday through Tuesday for a chance to win a grand prize of $2,500 and recognition as the best welder in America. Entrants will be required to make a pipe-to-pipe plate weld on a pre-tacked joint in five minutes or less, and AWS Certified Welding Inspectors will judge the work. A $1,000 second prize and a $500 third prize also will be awarded.

Contact: Society of Manufacturing Engineers, One SME Drive, Dearborn, MI 48121 800-733-4763 or 313-271-1500 fax: 313-271-2861. Web:

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