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New Job Shops Program Launched at IMTS

Category: Business Oct 10, 2018

For the first time IMTS sponsored a Job Shops program, which attracted 405 participants and focused on two topics important to Job Shops: attracting qualified talent and business development.

“Based on feedback from the job shop and contractor shop community, IMTS created this program to address the challenges they face to help diminish their daily struggles,” says Michelle Edmonson, Senior Director – Exhibitions Operations & Marketing, AMT – The Association For Manufacturing Technology, owner and operator of IMTS. “With such strong interest at this show, we plan to continue our focus on job shops at IMTS 2020.”

Presentations included the seminar: Uncopyable: Creating an Unfair Advantage Over the Competition by Steve Miller, Marketing Gunslinger – The Adventure, and a panel discussion The Unending Search for Qualified Labor hosted by four job shop owners.

“The part of the discussion on reaching out to high school-level and community college students was good. I hadn't thought about going to those sources to find kids interested in manufacturing,” says Aaron Collier, General Manager of Liberty Bottleworks in Yakima, Washington.

Job Shop visitors also walked the floor of IMTS focusing on technologies, ideas, business practices and face-to-face conversations. “What I get at the show is the ability to meet people,” says Matt Guse, President of MRS Machining, who has attended IMTS since 1996. “You share ideas, or they tell you what they've seen. Sometimes you think you've seen the whole show, and the next thing you know, someone tells you about something new in the next hall and you see how awesome it is. That's why I always say IMTS is the Super Bowl of manufacturing.”

“We had very astute attendees coming to IMTS 2018,” says Peter R. Eelman, Vice President – Exhibitions & Business Development at AMT. “They are more educated about the health of their business and know that connectivity, digitization, automation and knowledge are part of the solution.”

All participants who attended the Job Shops program had the chance to enter a drawing to win an ESAB Welding & Cutting Garage Shop Package. Terry and Molly Keene, co-owners of Tek Manufacturing, Inc., in Spokane Valley, Wash., were the winners!

For more information on IMTS 2018, read the press release: Record Breaker: IMTS 2018 Largest Show Ever.

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