Last week, Horst Engineering and Sterling Machine sent a team of six people to the International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS) in Chicago. It was a fantastic event. The manufacturing economy is strong and growing, which is very good for North American businesses.
Our company investigated lots of new technology for machining, inspection, software, and tooling. After years of recession and a tepid recovery, manufacturing is making a comeback. We are proud of our 68 year-old family firm and proud of the fact that we make products. Our core aerospace and defense business is driving our growth as a wave of new aircraft programs bolsters the industry. The resurgence in manufacturing, particularly USA manufacturing, is vital to the overall economy.
A lot of that technology was on display last week in Chicago at McCormick Place. The stats on this year’s show are impressive. There were 114.147 attendees and nearly 2,000 exhibitors from all over the world. We saw lots of automation advancements and 3D printing along with the traditional processes that we know well. We depend on our people. They are our most important asset. We train and we will be training more, especially as we introduce some of the new technology that we researched at IMTS.
We are constantly working to be more efficient. We intend to keep the momentum rolling, and with Manufacturing Day on 3 October, we have the opportunity to keep the progress going.