I thought you might be interested in taking a look at what’s new with National Manufacturing Week this yearâ¦National Manufacturing Week has added the opportunity to earn Continuing Education Units (CEUs) for the 2005 edition of the event, running from March 7-10 in Chicago. Under an agreement with the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, show attendees who participate in any of the more than 300 conference sessions will be eligible for .1 CEU per program. This will help professional engineers meet ongoing career development and improvement requirements imposed by professional associations and/or employers. The show will present 315 conferences providing real-world solutions and success stories on topics from lean manufacturing to radio frequency identification (RFID), Six Sigma and reliability. (www.ManufacturingWeek.com) Is this something that you’d be able to use coming up?Thanks!Stella Smith847.415.9338[email protected]National Manufacturing Week 2005 Announces Keynote Speakers for Show and Conference Focusing on World-Beating Manufacturing through Innovation VIPs to Address Show Attendees March 7-10 in ChicagoCHICAGO — National Manufacturing Week, the only U.S. trade show covering the complete manufacturing process, has assembled a lineup of corporate and government VIPs to deliver keynote addresses at its upcoming event running March 7-10, 2005, at Chicago’s McCormick Place Complex. Headliners include top executives of Emerson, Perot Systems, PeopleSoft and Alcoa as well as key manufacturing officials from the U.S. Department of Commerce. In order of appearance:James Berges, President of Emerson, will speak on Market-Driven Innovation at 1 pm on Monday, March 7. He will focus on the central role of innovation in enabling companies to deliver cost-effective, market-driven solutions in order to achieve a competitive advantage in the global marketplace, drawing on his experience as the head of a $14 billion global company engaged in industrial automation and other arenas.âManufacturing czar’ Al Frink, Assistant Secretary for Manufacturing and Services, U.S. Department of Commerce, will join Don Wainwright, Chairman, U.S. Department of Commerce Manufacturing Council, and John Engler, new President of the National Association of Manufacturers, at 1 pm on Tuesday, March 8 for a Manufacturing Town Hall. The group will discuss the top issues facing manufacturers today, ranging from the challenge of China to the trade deficit and the need to create a new generation of workers. James Champy, Chairman of Consulting for Perot Systems and an authority on the management issues surrounding business reengineering and organizational change, will address Managing in the More-for-Less Economy at 10:30 am on Wednesday March 9. Champy will explain the necessity of remaining competitive by delivering new value --- not just by reducing costs --- and outline strategies for accomplishing that goal. Alain Belda, CEO of Alcoa, will talk about innovating with aluminum in Aluminum: Turning Today’s Dreams into Tomorrow’s Solutions at 1 pm on Wednesday, March 9. With aluminum plants now working 24-hour shifts to satisfy demand, the light weight, versatility and strength of this metal offer important advantages to manufacturers, and Alcoa is pushing the envelope with innovative applications now under development. Phil Wilmington, CoPresident of PeopleSoft, will speak on the rise of Demand-Driven Manufacturing at 1 pm on Thursday, March 10. As a leading provider of enterprise software for the real-time enterprise with over 5,700 manufacturing customers including Dole, Honeywell, La-Z-Boy and 3M, PeopleSoft has been at the forefront of the movement to help manufacturers become more competitive by utilizing customer demand signals rather than mass production forecasts to drive operations.The show will also feature a special appearance by former combat-decorated F-16 fighter pilot Rob âWaldo’ Waldman, founder of leadership and sales consulting firm The Patriot Group. Waldman will take the stage on the show floor at 11:30 am on Wednesday, March 9, to explain how the lessons he learned in his combat flying career apply to the business world. The presentation, called Proud To Be Your Wingman! Fighter Pilot Trust-Building Strategies to Impassion Your Workforce,, will include dramatic footage from the cockpit of a jet fighter.About National Manufacturing WeekNational Manufacturing Week is the only U.S. trade show covering the entire manufacturing process in order to speed decision-making, time to market and business results. The 2005 event encompasses eight shows and more than 300 associated conference sessions in four days, including National Design Engineering, National Industrial Automation, National Plant Engineering and Facilities Management, National Enterprise IT, Aluminum USA, MicroSystems, CleanTech and EnviroTech. All shows are presented by the National Association of Manufacturers and produced by Reed Exhibitions. For more information, visit www.ManufacturingWeek.com.