Keynotes Confirmed For Society Of Manufacturing Engineers' 2004 Annual Meeting

DEARBORN, Mich., May 14 /PRNewswire/ -- The Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) announced today the confirmation of the keynote speakers at the 2004 SME Annual Meeting taking place at the Hyatt Regency Cincinnati in Cincinnati, Ohio on June 9-13, 2004.

The Annual Meeting, titled "Where Manufacturing Comes Together ... to give you a competitive edge," will include new programming to help manufacturers improve their leadership skills and knowledge of how to compete in today's tough environment. SME is pleased to announce these exciting keynote speakers:

Keynote Breakfast - June 11, 2004, 7:30 a.m. - 9 a.m.

Dr. Alan G. Robinson, faculty member, Isenberg School of Management, University of Massachusetts. Dr. Robinson, recognized as a leading authority on lean, will talk about his latest book, "Ideas Are Free." Front-line employees see many opportunities in their day-to-day work that managers don't. From simple ideas for saving time, effort, and money, to entirely new ways of doing business, managers will learn how to tap into their employees' ideas to help gain significant advantage over their competitors.

Keynote Luncheon - June 11, 2004, Noon - 1:15 p.m.

Grant Aldonas, Under Secretary for International Trade, International Trade Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce. Mr. Aldonas, responsible for advising the Secretary of Commerce on international trade issues, will discuss the Manufacturing Initiative, the role that small and medium-sized companies have played in helping to focus and shape that Initiative, and some of the Initiative's specific recommendations which will impact global competitiveness.

In addition to the exciting keynote presentations, the SME Annual Meeting will offer a comprehensive Management Forum, several Professional Development Conference sessions, as well as other educational events. All manufacturing professionals are invited to attend.

To register for the 2004 SME Annual Meeting or join the Society of Manufacturing Engineers, call the SME Resource Center at (800) 733-4763. You can also join SME on-line at or visit the Annual Meeting web site at .

Event Sponsors:

The 2004 SME Annual Meeting is sponsored and supported by Cohesia Corporation, Makino Inc., Product Development Management Association (PDMA) & TechSolve Inc.

About SME:

The Society of Manufacturing Engineers is the world's leading professional society supporting manufacturing education. Through its member programs, publications, expositions and professional development resources, SME promotes an increased awareness of manufacturing engineering and helps keep manufacturing professionals up to date on leading trends and technologies. Headquartered in Michigan, SME influences more than half a million manufacturing engineers and executives annually. The Society has members in 70 countries and is supported by a network of hundreds of chapters worldwide.

CONTACT: Irene Spanos of SME Public Relations, +1-313-425-3155,
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