We are finally the 'in' thing," said Roger Kilmer, director of NIST's Manufacturing Extension Partnership to the more than 800 manufacturers and industry experts gathered at the Manufacturing Innovation 2012 conference today. "Everyone from the media to the political pundits to your neighbors, they're all talking about manufacturing. It's now clear. We need to be a nation that makes things."
The annual conference helps manufacturers and other industry experts learn critical tools for ensuring that U.S. companies are constantly innovating and continually improving the products to compete and win in the global marketplace. The overarching theme of the meeting is "Make it in America," and through exhibits and conference talks attendees learned about many companies succeeding in the marketplace with U.S.-made products.