FABTECH Commits to Atlanta for 2018 and 2022


The Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) once again selected Atlanta as a host city for FABTECH, North America’s largest metal forming, fabricating, finishing and welding event. SME will continue its four-year rotation in Atlanta in 2014, 2018 and 2022.

“Atlanta’s position as a major manufacturing hub makes the city a natural fit for FABTECH,” said John Catalano, group manager, SME. “Our continued commitment to Atlanta is simply a result of our growing success in this hospitable city.”

This year, show organizers expect to draw 27,000 attendees and 1,400 exhibitors for FABTECH, Nov. 11-13 at the Georgia World Congress Center (GWCC). FABTECH 2010 drew 22,000 conferees from more than 50 countries. Attendance increased 12 percent over the group’s first visit in 2006 and exhibitor space increased by 23 percent.

FABTECH attendees may be surprised by how much the city has changed since their last visit in 2010.  By November, new developments like the National Center for Civil and Human Rights, College Football Hall of Fame and Atlanta Streetcar, will have opened just steps away from the GWCC.

“When FABTECH’s attendees return this year, nearly $1.5 billion in new attractions, transportation options and retail developments will have opened in Atlanta,” said William Pate, president and CEO, Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau (ACVB). “We’re excited to offer so many new experiences for attendees since their last visit.”

FABTECH is co-sponsored by the American Welding Society (AWS), Fabricators & Manufacturers Association International (FMA), Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME), Precision Metalforming Association (PMA), and Chemical Coaters Association International (CCAI).

Established in 1913, ACVB is a private, nonprofit organization created to favorably impact the Atlanta economy through conventions and tourism.

The Society of Manufacturing Engineers committed to Atlanta as host city for its FABTECH expo in 2018 and 2022 while at the International Association for Exhibitions and Events’ (IAEE) Expo! Expo! 2013. Pictured from left to right: Mark Sussman, director of trade show sales, Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau; David Dubois, president, IAEE; John Catalano, group manager, SME; Mark Zimmerman, general manager, GWCC; Jim Ridgeway, director of event services, GWCC