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FABTECH Convention

Come to the FABTECH Convention at Chicago’s McCormick Place November 6-9, and stay at the nearby and affordable LaQuinta Inn & Suites in historic Hyde Park.

FABTECH provides a convenient venue where you can meet with world-class suppliers, see the latest industry products and developments, and find the tools to improve productivity, increase profits and discover new solutions to all of your metal forming, fabricating, welding, and finishing needs. The annual event at will offer more than 1,700 exhibitors and 50,000 attendees full access to over 750,000 net square feet of floor space.

The Fabricators & Manufacturers Association, Int’l, SME (formerly known as Society of Manufacturing Engineers), Precision Metal-forming Association, American Welding Society and Chemical Coaters Association International, co-sponsor the sessions on cutting, laser, finishing, forming & fabricating, management, job shop, lean, automation/smart manufacturing, stamping, structural steel/plate, workforce development, and 3D/additive manufacturing. Sessions are two hours in length, offering practical knowledge you can use right away. Sessions with Tech Tours combine classroom instruction with expert-led guided tours on the show floor to see technology operating in designated booths.

The American Welding Society presents a comprehensive lineup of welding education. Led by the industry’s top professionals, programs focus on best practices and new commercial developments in welding and thermal spray. Events include conferences, seminars, RWMA Resistance Welding School, professional program, society events, and more.

Individuals who attend AWS education programs are awarded 1 PDH (Professional Development Hour) for each hour of education program attendance. Individuals seeking FMA Recertification Credits will be awarded 2 credits for each conference session attended (forming & fabricating, cutting, or finishing tracks) plus an additional 2 credits for attending the show. Individuals who attend SME education programs may be eligible to receive one credit per hour attended toward their SME-managed recertification requirements.

McCormick Place is located at 2301 South King Drive in Chicago. To register for FABTECH, and to view a full schedule of events, go online to FABT1117/landing.asp?sc=&aban=&hkey=&iq=&vip=&tm= and follow the prompts.

Make your FABTECH Convention experience more enjoyable by staying at the LaQuinta Inn Suites, in Hyde Park. The hotel offers free shuttle bus service to and from the Loop area and is close to bus and train services. Enjoy the free breakfast. AND Jazz and seafood buffet (non-seafood items available) Friday nights.