The History of IMTS

Highlights from IMTS 1927

The first National Machine Tool Builders' Exposition was held September 19-23, 1927, in the Cleveland Auditorium. The show occupied 63,000 sq ft and attendance topped 12,000. Many of the machines shown were entirely new and many others embodied new features.

The show required more power than any single industry exposition ever held anywhere before. A special transformer station erected for the show was rated to handle 5,000 HP, and cost $50,000.

The organizers noted, "The show brought vividly to your customers the importance of an industry that could show 428 operating machines, ranging in size from milling machines weighing 100,000 pounds, down to small portable machines like electric drills."