"Rochester, NY Named One of the Most Innovation-Intensive Metro Areas."

The New Republic

The Greater Rochester metropolitan area is the second largest economy in New York State.

The region's manufacturing base is primarily in high tech precision sectors. Rochester boasts a wide variety of industry including: Renewable Energy, Optics, Machinery, Computer & Electronic products, Transportation equipment, Telecommunications and Food & Beverage.


The Greater Rochester, NY Region is a world-renowned innovation community and is uniquely poised to be a leading energy innovation center. Whether it's fuel cells, wind energy or energy efficiency, the region's assets are perfectly aligned.


The AmCon Design & Contract Manufacturers Show will be held at the Rochester Riverside Convention Center, Wednesday, September 10 and Thursday, September 11, 2014. The AmCon show will feature over 100 contract manufacturing services from exhibitors throughout the U.S. Engineers and purchasing agents throughout New York are expected to attend. The event is a one-stop source for engineering, design, prototyping, forming, fabricating, machining, finishing, assembly, or electronic manufacturing services. Admission & Parking is free for industry personnel.


The  Featured Keynote Speaker is the Lt. Governor of N.Y., Robert Duffy speaking on re-energizing manufacturing in upstate and western New York. September 11th  at 9:00AM.


According to Kevin Woods, who produces AmCon Design & Contract Manufacturing Expos all over the United States, "At these regional events engineers and buyers can investigate a variety of manufacturing options and find the best processes and materials for their applications. They can get quotes on current projects and compare quality, pricing, and lead times from multiple vendors all in a few hours."


Effective manufacturing expos provide a "hands on" and one-on-one education. Attendees can see actual parts that other OEMs are using in their products. Woods notes, "Since the exhibits are staffed with top management and technical personnel, it's possible for the attendees to have in-depth discussion of their projects regarding design, materials and production issues."


Unlike many manufacturing conferences, AmCon expos are free and include free educational seminars on a variety of manufacturing processes and quality issues.  Included will be discussions on the growing place of 3D Analysis in manufacturing, Injection Molding Via Additive Manufacturing, The Power of Persuasion and more. Engineers and buyers can attend the seminars and then visit the exhibits to see how the various processes are being applied.


Regional expos, while generally smaller than the national shows, still offer hundreds of manufacturing services, and the "boutique" nature of these shows allows the exhibitors and attendees more time to get into the details of a project. Woods noted that, "Attendees can bring their prints and parts for review by the technical people staffing the booths. These are serious working shows where a lot can be accomplished in a very short time.


Purchasing and Engineering attend as Teams. The highest percentage of regional manufacturing expo attendees are engineering professionals (design engineers, manufacturing engineers, and quality engineers), followed by purchasing, procurement and supply chain managers. Speed to market is extremely important in today's competitive manufacturing environment and having so many resources together under one roof is a huge advantage.


Eric Smitt, Sr. Electrical Engineer of Lockheed Martin Space Systems recently attended a local AmCon Manufacturing Expo and noted, "I came to the show to find alternative contract manufacturers for some of our products that will be built in the future. I found a good mix of contract manufacturing services-metal, sheet metal, finishing everything you really need for manufacturing a product." Similarly, Bob Schultz, Director of Operations with Seal Dynamics/Heico commented, "I met several top quality suppliers here. I contract work out all over the country and this is the one place I can make a lot of contacts in a short period of time. The show was excellent. I made several contacts for new projects I have coming up that I'm ready to issue some RFQs for. I would recommend it highly."


Exhibit hours are 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on September 10 and 9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on September 11. Free tickets are available at the door, or attendees can register for free in advance at http://www.amconshows.com/. For additional information or to register by phone, call 800-829-7467. Parking at the Rochester Riverside Convention Center is also free for attendees.


Contact: Maggie Olson

AmCon Design & Contract Manufacturing Expo