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Manufacturing showcase begins today

The area’s manufacturing sector — the source of billions of dollars in wages and sales — will highlights its strengths today and Thursday during its annual show.

The 2013 Advanced Manufacturing Technology Show opens at 10 a.m. today at the Dayton International Airport Expo Center. Visitors can expect more than 150 participants putting on displays, demonstrations and seminars as part of the Dayton Region Manufacturers Association’s most important event.

Manufacturing in the region generate $5.6 billion in annual payroll and $36.6 billion in annual sales, according to the DRMA.

Longtime visitors to the two-day show — sometimes called “AMTS” — may notice some changes this year.

Seminars are being brought out of classrooms and placed front and center on the show floor. Expo-goers can expect seminars on safety, finishing, digital tools, milling and other subjects.

There will be a revamped lounge area, with new concessions and cocktail and gourmet coffee bars.

And more than 150 exhibitors will be on hand, a record for exhibitor participation, the DRMA has said.

At 4:30 today, Dayton City Commissioner Nan Whaley will serve as moderator for a discussion on the future of manufacturing, in Dayton and elsewhere. The Third Annual Dayton Region Manufacturing Forum is called “Manufacturing Momentum: The Dayton Region and Beyond.”

Other speakers include John Leland, director of the University of Dayton Research Institute; Scott Paul, president of the Alliance for American Manufacturing; and Alan Shaffer, president and chief executive of Dayton Progress.

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