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National Manufacturing Week 2004-2005 : Selective List of Exhibitors

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National Manufacturing Week is a major annual trade show in Chicago for US manufacturers.  It is organized by NAM - The National Association of Manufacturers - and produced by Reed Exhibitions.  It consists of multiple shows and conferences presented together - National Design Engineering, National Industrial Automation, National Enterprise IT, National Plant Engineering and Facilities Management, Cleantech Cleaning Technology, Envirotech Expo and Conference, Micro Systems USA, and Aluminum USA.

Scroll down for a selective list of exhibitors related to our work in 2004 and 2005, limited to those which are considered to be relevant to our specialty, as listed elsewhere already on this website.  We attended this event (not as an exhibitor), and met with many contacts, as in the past.  Many economic development organizations also exhibit at this event, as shown below.

Details can be found at .  The March 20-23, 2006 show was in Rosemont, Illinois at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center near O'Hare Airport, opposite the Hyatt Regency O'Hare and several other hotels within walking distance, rather than at the McCormick Place Convention Center in downtown Chicago as in the past.

US Department of Commerce officers from embassies in most countries in the Americas region were available for meetings at the 2005 National Manufacturing Week trade show in Chicago, such as to support export promotion activities and discuss specific challenges or opportunities which manufacturing executives may be facing in the region.  This includes important recent developments such as CAFTA - Central America Free Trade Area - and FTAA negotiations.  For 2006 details, see

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This directory has been provided for convenience to show how our "Event Recall" service can be helpful to executives and their advisors as well as the EDO's (economic development organizations) or service providers relevant to our specialty which have invested to be exhibitors at a major industry trade show such as this one.

Refer also to our Ad Recall list of areas which advertise, or the lists of associations and publishers and location consultants or consultant tips about location selection.

The section headings below link to regional lists of contacts (not just exhibitors).

These examples just list the exhibitors and website links.  Participants in this service would have more complete listings (summary, contact name, phone, email, address) with links to Area Profiles or other related content to highlight the area for potential investors throughout the year.

Although there was a show directory service for National Manufacturing Week on their website, it would have been quite tedious for attendees to develop a simple list like this of all the economic development exhibitors because they were categorized in very inconsistent ways.

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US Northeast Region EDO's - economic development organizations    
US Mid-Atlantic Region      
Wilson (North Carolina) Economic Development Council

Example : Property in Wilson, NC area

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Virginia Economic Development Partnership

2004 and 2005

West Virginia Development Office

2004 and 2005

I-99 Corridor Alliance (Altoona, PA)

2004 and 2005

  2004 and 2005 - Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development

US Southeast Region      

Alabama Power Company

2004 and 2005

US Great Lakes Region      

Illinois Dept. of Commerce and Economic Opportunity

2004 and 2005

Central Ohio Development Alliance

2004 only

US South Central Region      

MidAmerica Industrial Park (Oklahoma)

2004 and 2005

Arkansas Dept. of Economic Dev.

2004 and 2005

CenterPoint Energy

Economic Development (Houston area)

Louisiana Dept of Economic Development

Entergy Louisiana

Palestine (TX) Economic Dev. Corp.

US North Central Region      

North Dakota Dept. of Commerce

2004 and 2005

Iowa Area Development Group

2004 and 2005

US Mountain Region      
US West Coast Region      

State of Washington

2004 only

Oregon Economic Dev. Dept.

2004 only

Canada - Ontario   Canada - Quebec Canada - Atlantic

Team Northern Ontario

2004 only

Ontario Exports Inc.

2004 only

Canada - Western      

Alberta Economic Development

2004 only

Manitoba Energy Development

2004 only

AMPIP - Mexican Association of Business & Industrial Parks

Trade Commission of Mexico, Bancomext

San Luis Potosi State Government

Sonora Investment Promotion

Queretaro State Government

Gobierno del Estado de Nuevo Leon

Sinaloa Investment Agency

Baja California State Govt.

Central America and the Caribbean Brazil other South America  
Europe - UK & Ireland Europe - Benelux Region and France  Europe - Southern Europe - Northern

Welsh Development Agency

2004 and 2005


Italian Trade Commission

2004 only


Bilbao Chamber of Commerce

2004 only

Europe - Central Western and Germany Europe - Eastern Central and Russia Europe - Southeastern and Turkey  
China, Taiwan Southeast Asia, Pacific Australia, New Zealand South Asia

JINPEX Corp - Jinton Int'l Industrial Park

2004 only

Japan Korea The Middle East Africa
Professional service providers      
Location Consultants US Government - Trade & Investment Directory database publishers  

Deloitte - Manufacturing consulting group

2004 and 2005

US Department of Commerce

2004 and 2005

EITD - Electronic Industry Telephone Directory

Harris InfoSource - a D&B company

2004 and 2005

Association member services      
Site Selection Network, NAM - National Association of Manufacturers - This is a free member service to gather promotional information from many participating areas to support business location decisions by any NAM members who request such help. This is similar to the reader service form processes for development magazines, except that they gather basic information from current sponsors anonymously and organize it into a notebook for members, instead of distributing the enquiry to all current advertisers in the areas of interest. This is not the same thing as professional site selection consulting services.  They also may not have contacts in all areas of interest, just as any help from development magazines is limited to referrals to current advertisers or reference to their website for articles and advertiser directories.  The service is also limited exclusively to participating US locations, with no services to support investment in other countries because of the nature of NAM as a lobbying organization for US manufacturers, even though their members compete globally.

Publishers & Associations      

National Association of Manufacturers

sponsor of the event, 2004 and 2005

Plants Sites & Parks magazine (Reed)

ceased publication, November 2004

Plastics News

Business Development Outlook (World Economic Development Alliance)

2004 and 2005

Area Development magazine

2004 and 2005

MSI magazine

World Trade Magazine

2004 and 2005


2005 only

The Manufacturer magazine

2004 and 2005

Start Magazine

2004 and 2005

Plant Engineering Magazine

2004 and 2005

Plant Services Magazine

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Bruce Donnelly, President

Global Direct Investment Solutions

PO Box 439, Fox River Grove IL 60021 847-304-4655 (Chicago suburbs)

FAX 847-304-5375

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Regional directories of economic development and investment promotion agencies

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