WEST SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) — The East Coast’s largest manufacturing trade show completed a three-day stay at the Big E in West Springfield on Thursday.
It’s called Eastec. You can find machinery and industrial equipment both large and small.
People selling and people buying.
“Our goal of putting on this event is to allow manufacturers, suppliers, to support people who make things,” says Mark Tomlinson of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers.
They become more competitive by learning about the latest technologies available to help them become more productive.
There are some 500 exhibitors at this trade show. They come from all over the world to display their technology and latest manufacturing equipment.
Among them is David McHenry, of the REGO-FIX Tool Corp.
“We’re a tool holder manufacturer, everything’s manufactured in Switzerland, we manufacture the connection between the milling machine and cutting tool,” says McHenry.
David McHenry’s REGO-FIX Tool Corporation has been coming to the trade show for about 15 years, and this business is doing well.
“Very good, we’ve made a very strong rebound from the recession,” says McHenry.
The trade fair show is put on by the Society of Manufacturing Engineers.
“This is a great region for manufacturing, it’s got a long history of being manufacturers. It is in its renaissance,” says Mark Tomlinson.
Lt. Governor Tim Murray toured the trade show on Thursday saying the advanced manufacturing industry is growing in Western Massachusetts.
“Manufacturing’s the 5th largest employer in Massachusetts and growing, we know there are going to be 100-thousand vacancies over the next 10 years,” says Murray.
The manufacturing group says the foundation for any community is the process of making things, that creates jobs and grows the economy.