This May 12-14, 2015, more than 12,000 decision makers from manufacturers throughout the Northeast and beyond will descend on the Eastern States Exposition in West Springfield, Mass. for EASTEC, the East Coast’s premier manufacturing event. With hundreds of exhibitors representing diverse industries, the nearly sold-out event is known for showcasing the latest innovations from 3D printing to water jet technology. The event, produced and managed by SME, is held every two years.
Eastern States Exposition
1305 Memorial Ave.
West Springfield, Massachusetts USA
May 12-14, 2015
More Than a Trade Show
EASTEC offers attendees education, networking and buying/selling opportunities. The visual and hands-on displays allow manufacturers to interact with the latest technology, while meeting with peers and industry experts. The event features:
- More than 650 exhibiting companies in a wide range of industries in multiple exhibit buildings, showcasing five technology categories.
- Products and technologies that save money, improve quality and productivity, and solve a variety of business challenges.
- More than 300 new products being highlighted during the show.
- Industry-focused keynotes discussing manufacturing’s hottest topics.
- Complimentary educational sessions in the Manufacturing Brilliance Theater.
- Networking opportunities at the Celebrate New England Manufacturing Networking Reception.
Business owners, engineers, designers, production managers and purchasing executives attend EASTEC to network and get information on best practices, solutions and processes that increase employee productivity and company profits.
EASTEC also will highlight SME’s Bright Minds Program, a forum for students to connect and communicate with educators, industry leaders and each other to explore career opportunities, technological innovations and advancements, and discuss how to move the manufacturing industry forward and ways to fill the employee pipeline.
State of Manufacturing in the Northeast and Beyond
Manufacturing remains a driving force for economic growth in the Northeast as well as the United States. In fact, manufacturing growth is forecasted to outpace the overall economy’s growth for at least the next three years.
According to “The Manufacturing Footprint and the Importance of U.S. Manufacturing Jobs,” a 2015 report by the Economic Policy Institute in Washington, D.C., “Manufacturing is by far the most important sector of the U.S. economy in terms of output and employment.” Not only is manufacturing important for jobs and production, the report adds, but also “essential to meeting national challenges, including rebuilding U.S. infrastructure, reducing greenhouse gas emissions and lowering the nation’s reliance on fossil fuels.”
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that in 2013 manufacturing:
- Employed 12 million workers and accounted for 8.8 percent of total U.S. employment.
- Supported another 17.1 million indirect jobs nationwide.
- Generated $2.1 trillion, or 12.5 percent, of America’s total gross domestic product.
Since the start of the recession in 2009, the manufacturing industry has added approximately 800,000 jobs and is seeking to fill more positions with the best and brightest candidates.
The manufacturing industry is a critical part of the economy in the Northeast. For instance, it accounts for 565,200 jobs in Pennsylvania, 444,300 jobs in New York, and 164,200 jobs in Connecticut, just over 10 percent of that state’s total nonfarm employment.
For More Information
EASTEC is a prime opportunity for manufacturers to gather together to share solutions that can drive companies, the industry and our country to even greater competitiveness in the days and years to come.
Find out more about attending or exhibiting at EASTEC here. For more information on the education and keynote sessions, go here. And click here to learn more about the Bright Minds program. Join the conversation on Twitter at @EASTEC and on Facebook at facebook.com/EASTEC. Use hashtag #EASTEC.
About EASTEC 2015
SME connects all those who are passionate about making things that improve our world. As a nonprofit organization, SME has served practitioners, companies, educators, government and communities across the manufacturing spectrum for more than 80 years. Through its strategic areas of events, media, membership, training and development, and the SME Education Foundation, SME is uniquely dedicated to the advancement of manufacturing by addressing both knowledge and skill needs for the industry. Follow @SME_MFG on Twitter or facebook.com/SMEmfg.
Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation (MAPI) Foundation Business
 Bureau of Labor StatisticsOutlook, December 2014