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ATMA Announces 2012 Fall Meeting Agenda

The American Textile Machinery Association (ATMA®), Falls Church, Va., will hold its Fall 2012 Meeting on Wednesday, November 14, at the Myers Park Country Club in Charlotte. The organization is inviting both ATMA members and friends to attend the event to receive updates about upcoming trade shows, hear insights about the state of the manufacturing sector and the overall economy, and take advantage of networking opportunities with industry colleagues.

According to ATMA President Clay D. Tyeryar, the organization's membership has seen the textile industry grow stronger over the past year compared to previous years, and there is optimism about the opportunities for 2013 and beyond.

"We had a very well-received ATME-I® this year, followed by a very strong ITMA Asia + CITME in Shanghai, and our members are reporting increases in business, which could lead to a strong 2013," Tyerar said. "We are looking forward to bringing the whole industry together to catch up on the past year and talk about how we can do more next year."

The general meeting will kick off at 5:00 p.m. with a welcome reception, at which ATMA Chairman Will Motchar, Navis Global, will present the ATMA Officers' and Financial reports and outline activities planned for 2013. Then, Tyeryar and Messe Frankfurt North America President John Gallagher will provide information about ATME-I® 2014, which will take place as part of Techtextil North America 2014 in Atlanta; ITMA Asia + CITME 2014, which will be held in Shanghai June 16-20, 2014; and ITMA 2015, which will be held in Milan Nov. 12-19, 2015.

Dinner will be served at 6:00 p.m., after which Steven A. Menaker, assurance partner in assurance, tax and consulting services provider McGladrey LLP's Charlotte office, will discuss the state of the manufacturing sector and the impact of the 2012 election results. Menaker's presentation also will include results from the 2012 McGladrey Annual Survey of Manufacturing and Distribution Companies as well as a look at what manufacturers in different industries are doing in challenging economic times to maximize their return.

Following a question and answer period, the meeting will adjourn at 8:15 p.m.

The registration fee for a company's first executive is $95, which covers the reception, dinner, speaker fees and meeting materials. ATMA is encouraging companies to send multiple executives to the meeting and has set a reduced fee of $75 for subsequent registrants from the same company.

October 9, 2012