MHI Solutions - Volume 3, Issue 2 - (Page 81)

INDUSTRy TRENDS ProMat 2015: Celebrating 30 years of Change and Growth By JEFF WORONIECKI MHI CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER I n addition to 2015 marking the 70th anniversary of MHI, it is also the 30th anniversary of MHI-sponsored ProMat. At its core, ProMat provides attendees with access to the latest material handling, logistics equipment and technologies. But it has also evolved to become an internationally revered brand that represents the largest expo for manufacturing and supply chain professionals in North America. ProMat is consistently named to the Trade Show Executive Gold 100 list year after year, and has seen consistent growth over the last 30 years in both exhibit space and attendance. "When the show started, it was on the B-level in the North Hall of McCormick Place," says Tom Carbott, MHI's Senior Vice President of Exhibitions. Carbott has been with MHI for the past 24 years, and has participated in MHI expos since 1979. "ProMat 2015 will have more than 800 exhibitors and 35,000 attendees. The event sold out all 330,000 square feet of exhibit space in McCormick's South Hall-which is the largest space available in the facility." While ProMat's longevity, size and success can be directly attributed to a number of factors, there is a single resounding theme that unites them all: change. "What has made ProMat exceptionally successful and a very reliable investment for both exhibitors and attendees is MHI's commitment to challenging itself each year to constantly re-evaluate the event," says Brian McNamara, President of MHI-member Southworth International Group. McNamara currently serves on the MHI Board of Governors as chair * MHI SolutIonS 81

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of MHI Solutions - Volume 3, Issue 2

CEO Update
Wearable and Mobile Technologies
The Rise of Automation and Robotics in Supply Chains
Disruptive Technology
The Power of the Cloud
Connections between Education, Industry Key to Training the Workforce of the Future
The Food and Beverage Industry
ProMat 2015 Preview
2015 MHI Innovation Awards to be Awarded During ProMat
Industry Trends
Economic Market Analysis
Collaborate With Supply Chain Management Programs to Solve the Workforce Shortage
Safer Handling
MHI Solution and Product Groups—Moving Forward
Solution Group Update
Solutions Spotlight
Roadmap Update
Where Are They Now
MHI News
Index of Advertisers

MHI Solutions - Volume 3, Issue 2