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IMTS 2016 Opening Ceremonies Speak to Future of Manufacturing and Tie in IMTS History

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Kicking-off the 31st edition of IMTS, the opening ceremony featured U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker. She stated, “There are three key reasons why Made in America remains the best brand in the world: our people, our business climate and our capacity to innovate.” Pritzker used the occasion to announce that the National Network of Manufacturing Innovation (NNMI) has been officially rebranded as ManufacturingUSA (www.ManufacturingUSA.com). The network consists of public-private institutes dedicated to securing the nation’s future through manufacturing innovation, education, and collaboration.

She also noted that October 7, 2016, is Manufacturing Day (www.mfgday.com). “Invite a class from your local schools and their career advisors to tour your plant so that they can experience the exciting work and career opportunities that exist in today’s 21st Century manufacturing.”

The East Building IMTS 2016 and Smartforce Student Summit opened with a ceremony that tied the history of IMTS to the future of manufacturing. The ceremony honored engineer Jim Allemann for attending his 25th consecutive IMTS. “My first IMTS was ’65, and I’ve come every year because my employers sent me to the show to learn what’s new and bring back that information and incorporate it into what we do.” After finding a linear rolling guide from an IMTS exhibitor, Allemann was able to patent a device in 2014 that measures pins up to 42 inches long with 0.0005-in. accuracy. To honor the future, IMTS recognized 13-year-old Oliver Leopold, who is attending his second IMTS along with his Robobtronics FIRST LEGO League team. Leopold ignites energy and enthusiasm for the manufacturing industry on his YouTube channel.

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