North America's Largest Material Handling & Logistics Show will Address Supply Chain Workforce Crisis, Provide Leading-Edge Education, and Showcase the Latest Equipment and Technology Innovations for Manufacturing and Distribution

ProMat 2009

CHICAGO--With the current environment of economic uncertainty, manufacturing and distribution professionals need reliable information and solid advice to base their capital planning and investment decisions. They will come to Chicago this January for the upcoming ProMat 2009 event to find it.

The industry's largest U.S. trade show, ProMat 2009, will be held January 12-15, 2009 at Chicago's McCormick Place South. It is expected to draw tens of thousands of visitors from the United States and over 100 countries.

“Innovation is essential to the supply chain and as industry looks for new ways to increase productivity and cut costs, ProMat 2009 is their best opportunity in 2009 to see what's new,” says Hal Vandiver, MHIA Executive Vice President of Business Development. “People in manufacturing and distribution can't wait for the economy to improve to make capital equipment decisions for their supply chains and manufacturing operations. They must keep up with the latest and greatest innovations just to stay competitive. In this economy, they literally can’t afford to miss ProMat.”

ProMat will feature over 800 exhibits showcasing the latest equipment and technology innovations for the supply chain. The ProMat Educational Conference will feature a Keynote and 100 educational sessions outlining leading trends, best practices and state-of-the-art equipment and technology solutions. The solutions showcased at ProMat 2009 will help manufacturing and distribution operations cut costs and improve supply chain efficiency and productivity.

ProMat 2009 Keynote To Address Looming Supply Chain Workforce Crisis

The manufacturing and distribution industry is facing a workforce crisis. Baby boomers are retiring, setting the stage for major shifts in workplace demographics including a declining working population through 2025. The result is a shrinking workforce and an immediate loss of supply chain experience and manpower. The ProMat 2009 Keynote titled "Building The Workforce of the Future" will provide an in-depth look at this crisis and what companies can do to adapt to these changes, attract and retain the next generation of workers and take advantage of new competitive opportunities.

The ProMat Keynote will consist of a panel of four experts at the forefront of this important issue and moderated by renowned business journalist Forrest Sawyer. They will provide real-world perspective, detail how the workforce is changing and offer practical ideas that will help you adapt to this change as you build your workforce of the future.

ProMat 2009 Show Floor Educational Seminars

In addition to the Keynote, ProMat 2009 will feature 100 solution-focused educational seminars hosted by industry experts and conducted in specially designed theaters right on the show floor in the ProMat 2009 Knowledge Center. For complete information on the ProMat Educational Conference including session details and speaker information, visit

ProMat is sponsored by Material Handling Industry of America (MHIA). MHIA is an international trade association that has represented the material handling & logistics industry since 1945.

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