Mark Ermatinger, show organizer and vice president of Industrial Control in Zeeland, said he expects the expo to go from this year’s 70 exhibitors to 120 at next year’s.
Exhibitors will represent a wide range of advanced manufacturing technologies.
“West Michigan has a remarkable number of machine builders and manufacturers that are on the cutting edge of applying the latest technologies,” Ermatinger said.
Also new this year, the Advanced Manufacturing Expo has teamed up with West Michigan Works, a state-sponsored program covering a seven-county region that links qualified talent with employers, which will help organize the onsite job fair.
West Michigan Works said companies would be looking to attract skilled tradespersons, engineers and others acquainted with manufacturing.
“This is the largest commitment of floor space and booths to date for the agency,” said Deb Lyzenga, the agency’s regional director of business solutions.
Ermatinger said the Advanced Manufacturing Expo is the largest of its kind in the state.
“There are a couple sponsored by large vendors for their customers, but there aren’t any this size that are free and open to the public to drive networking among manufacturers, vendors and educational institutions,” he said.