Meetings and conventions scheduled for the coming months

February 20-22, 2001 South-Tec Greenville Advanced Productivity Exposition (APEX) Palmetto Expo Center, Greenville SC Ph: (800)733-4763 (outside US, 313-271-1500, ext 1600)

February 21-24, 2001 National Association of Trailer Manufacturers (NATM) annual convention and exhibition, Adam's Mark Hotel, San Antonio TX Ph: (785)271-0208

February 22-23, 2001 Composites Manufacturing and Tooling Conference and Exhibits, Omni Rosen Hotel, Orlando FL Ph: (800)733-4763 (outside US, 313-271-1500, ext 1600)

February 28-March 3, 2001 National Truck Equipment Association (NTEA) convention and T3 2001 Commercial Truck, Trailer, and Technology Expo, Baltimore Convention Center, Baltimore MD Ph: (800)441-NTEA

March 12-15, 2001 The Maintenance Council (TMC) annual meeting and transportation equipment exhibition, Opryland Hotel, Nashville TN Ph: (703)838-1763

March 22-24, 2001 Mid-America Trucking Show, Kentucky Fair and Exposition Center, Louisville KY Ph: (800)626-2370

March 26-29, 2001 Westec Advanced Productivity Exposition (APEX), Los Angeles Convention Center, Los Angeles CA Ph: (800)733-4763 (outside US, 313-271-1500, ext 1600)

March 28-April 1, 2001 Truck Renting and Leasing Association (TRALA) national leadership conference and annual meeting, The Doral Golf Resort & Spa, Miami FL Ph: (301)972-2367 or www.trala.org

April 2-5, 2001 Waste Expo, McCormick Place, Chicago IL Ph: (800)927-5007

April 10-11, 2001 Nashville Advanced Productivity Exposition (APEX), Opryland Hotel, Nashville TN Ph: (800)733-4763 (outside US, 313-271-1500, ext 1600)

April 18-21, 2001 Transporte and Autobus exhibitions, Centro Costa Salguero, Buenos Aires, Argentina Ph: (54-11)4778-7070

April 21-23, 2001 American Truck Dealers (ATD) convention and exposition, Baltimore Convention Center, Baltimore MD Ph: (703)821-7141

April 29-May 1, 2001 Fabricators & Manufacturers Association International (FMA) annual Sheet Metal Forum, Treasure Island, Las Vegas NV Ph: (815)399-8775 or www.fmametalfab.org

May 6-10, 2001 American Welding Society (AWS)/Precision Metalforming Association, Manufacturing Applications Exhibition (MAX International), I-X Center, Cleveland OH Ph: (800)443-9353, ext 221

May 15-17, 2001 Twin Cities 2001 Advanced Productivity Exposition (APEX), Minneapolis Convention Center, Minneapolis MN Ph: (800)733-4763 (outside US, 313-271-1500, ext 1600)

May 22-24, 2001 Eastec Advanced Productivity Exposition (APEX), Eastern States Exposition Grounds, West Springfield MA Ph: (800)733-4763 (outside US, 313-271-1500, ext 1600)

June 4-7, 2001 Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME), Finishing 2001 conference and exposition, Donald E Stephens Convention Center, Rosemont IL Ph: (800)733-4763 inside United States; Ph: (313)271-1500, ext 1600 outside United States

June 6-8, 2001 American Truck Historical Society (ATHS) annual convention/annual antique truck show, Reno Hilton Hotel, Reno NV Ph: (205)870-0566 or www.aths.org

June 27-29, 2001 International Trucking Show (ITS), Las Vegas Convention Center, Las Vegas NV Ph: (800)227-5992

September 6-8, 2001 Great American Trucking Show (GATS), Dallas Convention Center, Dallas TX Ph: (888)349-4287

September 25-27, 2001 Detroit Advanced Productivity Exposition (APEX), Cobo Center, Detroit MI Ph: (800)733-4763 (outside US, 313-271-1500, ext 1600)

September 25-27, 2001 International Construction & Utility Equipment Exposition (ICUEE), Kentucky Fair and Exposition Center, Louisville KY Ph: (312)321-1470

October 18-20, 2001 Expocam, Place Bonaventure, Montreal, Canada Ph: (416)385-2033

October 23-25, 2001 Cleveland Advanced Productivity Exposition (APEX), International Exposition (I-X) Center, Cleveland OH Ph: (800)733-4763 (outside US, 313-271-1500, ext 1600)

Great American Trucking Show Scheduled for September 2001 Dates for the Great American Trucking Show (GATS 2001) are September 6-8. The third annual exposition will be held again at the Dallas (TX) Convention Center.

This industry showcase will include seminars, an Internet Technology Center, free concerts, exhibitor giveaways, the Pride & Polish truck beauty contest, and appearances by athletes and country music celebrities. In 2000, more than 46,000 owner-operators, drivers, fleet owners, dealers, distributors, and other buyers attended, with more than 700 companies exhibiting. Participants came from 37 nations and all 50 states.

For more information about exhibiting or visiting, contact Sellers Expositions, 222 Pearl St, Suite 300, New Albany IN 47150. Phone 888-349-4287 (toll-free) or 812-949-9200; fax 812-949-9600. Information about GATS 2001 will be available on the Internet at www.gatsonline.com.

Used Truck Association Offers Training Courses The Used Truck Association (UTA) has increased its schedule of training courses for 2001. Three courses are being presented at various locations:

- Deal Winning Used Truck Selling Skills - teaches techniques necessary for increasing sales and selling at higher profits. This course is being offered March 8-9 in Raleigh-Durham NC and July 19-20 in Kansas City MO. Tuition is $295 for UTA members; $395 for nonmembers. Course materials are $25.

- Fundamentals of Used Truck Sales - provides training in the basics of used-truck sales. It will be held May 9-12 in Indianapolis IN and Sept 5-8 in Dallas TX. Tuition is $545 for UTA members; $645 for nonmembers. Course materials are $65.

- Professional Used Truck Management - assists used-truck professionals in designing and implementing effective organizational structure, policies, and procedures for enhanced profitability. Training is scheduled for Jan 24-26 in Orlando FL and Nov 14-16 in Atlanta GA. Tuition is $525 for UTA members; $625 for nonmembers. Course materials are $25.

Participants who successfully complete program requirements for any of the three courses receive a certificate of completion from the UTA. Discounts on tuition are offered if more than one person from a business attends the same course. Tuition includes all breaks and most meals. To enroll in any course, or for more information, phone Paul Spokas at 866-454-HDMA or visit www.uta.org.

Westec 2001 APEX Expected to Draw 33,000 The Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) Westec Advanced Productivity Exposition (APEX), a metalworking and manufacturing exposition, is planned for March 26-29, 2001, at the Los Angeles (CA) Convention Center. So far, 764 machine tool builders, regional distributors, and other exhibitors have reserved more than 333,800 net square feet of exhibit space. Exhibits will represent some 2,500 international product lines, and 33,000 manufacturing professionals are expected to attend.

New for Westec 2001 are the Rapid Prototyping and Design Pavilion and the International Pavilion. The Rapid Prototyping and Design Pavilion (located in South Hall) will highlight the entire design-to-prototype-to-part-manufacturing process, and the International Pavilion (located in West Hall) will highlight new exhibitors featuring machinery and equipment from around the world. The annual Job Shop Pavilion will return to Kentia Hall (lower level of South Building) to provide contract manufacturing services from nearly 100 job shop companies offering cost-effective design and manufacturing of parts, components, and subassemblies made of metal, plastic, and rubber.

Show hours are: South and West Halls will open at 9 am and close at 6 pm March 26-28 (close at 4 pm March 29), and Kentia Hall will open and close one hour earlier each day.

Westec 2001 will feature equipment and products from 150 categories, including: machine tools and accessories; cutting tools and inserts; milling; grinding and deburring; drilling and tapping; EDM; CAD/CAM; machine controls; flexible manufacturing systems; waterjet cutting; finishing; and laser systems. For more Westec 2001 information, visit the event web site at www.sme.org/westec; phone 800-733-4763 or (outside the United States and Canada) 313-271-1500, ext 1600; or fax inquiries to 313-271-2861.

SME Provides Two Training Courses Online The Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) is offering two online courses for the manufacturing and engineering community, "Lean Manufacturing Fundamentals" and "Planning Manufacturing Cells Fundamentals." The Michigan Virtual University is a co-sponsor.

"Lean Manufacturing Fundamentals" identifies the best practices for understanding and implementing different portions of lean manufacturing in an organization. This course offers these topics of study: Introduction to Lean Manufacturing, Key Elements in Lean, Predictable Processes, Flow, Material Management, Performance Metrics, Target an Application, Five-Phase Approach, Evaluating Success, and Kaizen.

"Planning Manufacturing Cells Fundamentals" highlights basics of planning and implementing a simple or small manufacturing cell and presents the three fundamentals of cell planning: parts, process, and coupling. This course covers these topics: Introduction to Manufacturing Cells, Step 1; Orient the Project, Step 2; Classify the Parts, Step 3; Analyze the Process, Step 4; Couple into Cell Plans, Step 5; Select the Best Plan, Step 6 - Detail and Implement; and Step 7; Complex Project and Plans.

To try each online course before registering, log on to www.sme.org/onlinetraining. For additional information, phone SME Customer Service at 800-733-4763 or 313-271-1500, ext 1600; fax 313-271-2861; e-mail [email protected]; or register online at www.sme.org/onlinetraining. Costs are $395 for SME members and $495 for nonmembers.

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