Important Updates

IMTS 2020 Special Updates


This week there are many important meetings taking place regarding the next steps on the phased reopening plan for businesses by Illinois Governor Pritzker. Out of these meetings, AMT is looking to receive some clarity and clear direction for how the state is moving forward for hosting trade shows. Once we know the results, we will communicate the information and identify how this impacts us. We thank you for your continued patience as we await word from the results of these meetings.

The AMT Board of Directors and AMT staff continue to work closely and evaluate the impact COVID-19 has had on AMT members, IMTS exhibitors, and the industry. We understand that everyone is anticipating clear direction soon and we are doing our best to obtain the information necessary to provide direction.


As many of you know, Illinois Governor Pritzker announced a phased reopening plan for businesses last week. While there has been some confusion about the details and application of standards, we realize that the document as written, would not permit conventions to be held until major milestones, such as a vaccine or effective treatment for COVID-19 are achieved. While an industry group has reached out to the Governor to clarify what exactly is required for trade shows (precautions, distancing, etc.), we are not optimistic that changes will be made that would permit IMTS to be held in September.

We are working diligently to finalize this guidance from the governor and expect to be able to announce more details in the near future. We thank you for your patience as we work with our partners to confirm our next steps.


Update on IMTS

We hope that you, your family and your business continue to be healthy and safe. As we navigate thru these unprecedented challenges, we want to assure you we are working together with AMT’s Board of Directors, the IMTS Show Committee and the IMTS Community to develop strategies that meet these challenges in the most effective ways possible.

In our first correspondence, we promised to give you regular updates regarding IMTS. While we know you can watch our video updates thru our social media channels, we felt it was time to give you a written update as well.

We are committed to opening IMTS as scheduled on September 14. There are many indications that show us the Manufacturing Technology community is looking forward to IMTS. At this point, from an overall standpoint, IMTS 2020 is at 94% of capacity for exhibit space, some exhibitors are hoping to take more space and grow their booth, and registrations have been steady throughout the onset of the crisis.

We recognize that IMTS will need to look different in order to keep our audience safe and secure – so we are investigating ways to keep you protected. We are currently redesigning high traffic areas (such as registration, conferences and receptions), working with trade show partners to ensure a higher level of cleaning protocols are made, and considering new entry point measures such as temperature checks and mask distribution.

And we have some exciting news! We will be welcoming a new audience to IMTS. The Smart Manufacturing Experience (SMX), originally scheduled to be in Pittsburgh in June, will now be co-located at IMTS. More information on this can be found here.

We realize that during this time, many of you are experiencing supply chain struggles. We are dedicating significant staff & financial resources to develop a campaign project devoted to rebuilding the supply chain by giving you information on how you can rethink, reengage and reestablish your methods. You can look for this campaign on our social media channels, our website ( and at IMTS 2020.

As for Chicago, we remain in constant communication with McCormick Place, the City of Chicago and the State of Illinois to stay abreast of their ever-changing landscape. We have been advised that 2,000 beds have been removed from the alternate care facility and, to date, have had less than a dozen patients. We have also been advised that they are planning to move the entire facility out by June for shows to start up again in July.

In closing, the safety of our IMTS community and helping you grow your business remains our top priorities. We will continue to bring you updates thru our various channels and make sure you know what we know. Thank you for your patience, loyalty and partnership as we move through these uncharted waters.


Update on McCormick Place

As the coronavirus curve flattens, officials from the City of Chicago and the State of Illinois announced they are cutting 2,000 beds from the temporary medical center at McCormick Place.

Originally, 3,000 beds were planned for the site, but now that the number of cases is growing at a slower rate and fewer beds are needed. Governor J.B. Pritzker has said he expects the illness to peak in Illinois in mid-May.

McCormick Place has accepted a small number of patients who are not severely ill and who can walk on their own. As of April 21, according to Dr. Ngozi Ezike, director of the Illinois Department of Public Health, there were fewer than a dozen patients who were treated at the McCormick facility.

Illinois health officials have said they prepared McCormick Place for the worst scenario but flattening the curve has helped lessen the need for the facility.

Dr. Nick Turkle, executive director of the McCormick Place alternate care site and a former CEO of Advocate Aurora Health states, “Our belief is we&aps;re here through this wave, and we'll take direction from our hospital partners, McCormick Place, the city, and state as we evaluate how long that is, but eventually we need to return McCormick Place to being a convention center.”

For more information, please read the Chicago Tribune article, Officials Scale Back McCormick Place plans.


Update on McCormick Place

As you may have heard, our partner, McCormick Place, is assisting in this crisis by converting several exhibit halls into an alternate care facility for patients with non-threatening conditions. We are very pleased to see that one of our partners is doing their part in helping get this virus under control in Chicago.

McCormick Place, under the direction of FEMA & The Army Corps of Engineers, are working diligently to get ready to take patients starting April 20. We are getting regular updates from McCormick Place to understand what methods are being used to get ready for patients and what the sanitation / cleansing process looks like when this is over, so we can be assured McCormick will be safe for trade shows to resume in June and for our arrival in September.

To read more about McCormick Place being used as an alternate care facility – you can read this article from the Chicago Tribune.

If you are having trouble with the link – you can review the article here.


Update from AMT & IMTS

To our Manufacturing Colleagues, Partners and Friends:

Like you, we are concerned about the health crisis that we are all living through. We sincerely hope that your family, employees, and companies remain safe and healthy through this time.

We at AMT realize this is affecting everyone’s life and business. As we move forward, we believe that manufacturing will bounce back stronger and more engaged than we have seen in many years. In addition, we believe that manufacturers will be laser focused on shortening the supply chain and redeveloping their supply base within the United States.

To this end, IMTS 2020 is poised to play a critical role in the revitalization of manufacturing in the United States. With IMTS almost six months away, we are continuing to bring new and exciting features to the show and are fully committed to opening as scheduled on September 14, 2020.

You may have heard that our partner McCormick Place is assisting in this crisis by converting several exhibit halls into a temporary hospital for patients with non-threatening conditions. We have offered our services to support them in this effort and will communicate more details on this as we learn more.

In discussions with our trade show partners, they have informed us that several trade shows will take place ahead of our scheduled opening in September.

AMT is committed to serving our manufacturing community in the most effective way possible. We believe a robust IMTS is the best way to contribute to our industry and help grow a strong economy.

We look forward to working together for manufacturing’s future.


Douglas Woods
AMT President

Peter Eelman
AMT Vice President & CXO


Update 03/10/2020

IMTS is committed to the health and safety of our community. As concerns about COVID-19 (coronavirus) are top-of-mind, we are closely monitoring news updates, the CDC, and other shows in the United States. We are continuously assessing the situation, will follow guidelines recommended by authorities, and will communicate any updates or necessary precautions as they arise. With IMTS 2020 opening on September 14, 2020, we are moving forward to host a safe and successful event.

Kindly direct any questions or concerns to our response team at or call 800-828-7469.

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