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U.S. COMMERCE SECRETARY CARLOS GUTIERREZ TO SPEAK NEXT WEEK AT

2006 NATIONAL MANUFACTURING WEEK IN ROSEMONT

U.S. COMMERCE SECRETARY CARLOS GUTIERREZ TO SPEAK NEXT WEEK AT

2006 NATIONAL MANUFACTURING WEEK®

Department of Commerce’s The Manufacturing Council To Meet

At National Manufacturing Week

NORWALK, CT (March 14, 2006) – Carlos M. Gutierrez, the 35th Secretary of the U.S. Department of Commerce and the voice of business in government, will speak at the 2006 National Manufacturing Week on Wednesday, March 22nd at 10 am. Following his remarks, he will invite media to tour the event floor with him and will then speak at a meeting of the Department of Commerce The Manufacturing Council, to be held at the event.

National Manufacturing Week, March 20-23 in Rosemont, IL, has become the place for small and mid-size manufacturers to go to better understand and foresee global manufacturing trends and opportunities, their impact on U.S. companies, and to develop solutions to help them improve their manufacturing processes.

Secretary Gutierrez is expected to speak on America’s leadership role as the most competitive economy in the world and the challenges faced in maintaining that position. In recent remarks he noted that the U.S. is the world’s leading exporter of goods and services, and that U.S. productivity has had one of the fastest five-year periods of growth in almost 40 years. To maintain leadership, he notes that we must generate new technologies and continue to invent the future.

“We are thrilled to welcome Secretary Gutierrez to speak on U.S. manufacturing, innovation and competitiveness in the international marketplace,��? said Kel Marsden-Kish, industry vice president, National Manufacturing Week. “His global business insights and key learnings are of critical interest and value to our customers as they strive to build their businesses across a global market. Secretary Gutierrez is a brilliant speaker and we are pleased to welcome him to National Manufacturing Week.��?

Showcase of U.S. Manufacturing Expertise

At 9 am on Wednesday, immediately prior to Secretary Gutierrez, Peoria-based Caterpillar CEO Jim Owens will present remarks on “Manufacturing Leadership in the Global Marketplace��? – focusing on building business in a world market. For 80 years, Caterpillar has been building the world’s infrastructure and, in partnership with its worldwide dealer network, is driving positive and sustainable growth on every continent.

Prior to joining President’ Bush’s economic team, former mid-westerner Gutierrez was chairman of the board and CEO of Michigan-based Kellogg Company. Both men bring a unique perspective on the powerhouse of U.S. manufacturing.

Department of Commerce Manufacturing Council Meeting
The Manufacturing Council of the Department of Commerce will hold its first of three annual meetings at National Manufacturing Week on Wednesday, March 22nd at 11:15 am. Speakers include Secretary of Commerce Gutierrez and Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Manufacturing and Services Albert A. Frink.

The Manufacturing Council is a Secretarial Advisory Board at the Department Commerce consisting of fifteen manufacturing leaders from across the industry that serve as a strong voice for policies to grow manufacturing jobs. The council's membership reflects diversity of industry, size of industry and geography. The Manufacturing Council works with the Commerce Department to advocate, coordinate, and implement policies that will help U.S. manufacturers compete worldwide.

Current members of the Council include Jim Owens, Chairman and CEO of Caterpillar, Inc., James Padilla, president and COO of Ford Motor Company, and Don Wainwright, Wainwright Industries. Visit: http://www.manufacturingweek.com/images/100084/2006PDFs/MembersoftheCouncil.pdf for a complete list.

National Manufacturing Week Provides Unmatched Business Opportunities

The 2006 National Manufacturing Week and National Manufacturing Week Conference promises to deliver unmatched business building opportunities for U.S. manufacturers by bringing together more global manufacturing leaders than ever before. With a stellar line-up of Conference speakers, more than 1.000 exhibitors, and attendees from around the world, the 2006 event is the best resource for U.S. manufacturers to gain the knowledge, contacts, technology, and equipment they need to grow business and compete globally.

National Manufacturing Week is the only event for engineering teams and executives responsible for design to manufacturing process to finished goods. Tens of thousands from the U.S. manufacturing community, especially small to mid-size manufacturers, come together for in-depth education and exhibits spanning the broad spectrum of enabling technologies, systems, products and solutions necessary to grow and compete in the global economy.

Expanded Focus on Education, Seminars and Networking

Reflecting broad support from the U.S. manufacturing community, the National Manufacturing Week Conference will present an expanded real-world conference reflecting the manufacturing process and geared to the unique needs of small and mid-sized manufacturers. The Conference, which begins on March 20th, will contain five

tracks, 23 sub-tracks and features eight top keynoters and more than 350 additional speakers. The National Manufacturing Week exhibition floor will open on Tuesday, March 21st, providing more time on Monday for Conference educational offerings to go into greater depth and detail.

The show is sponsored by the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) and supported by 15 associations and analyst sponsors. The exhibition floor will open on Tuesday, March 21st, devoting more time on Monday for Conference educational offerings to go into greater depth and detail.

Media Registration Open

Online media registration is now open. Visit www.manufacturingweek.com to register online and obtain free media credentials including an All-Access Pass which allows unlimited access to all show and conference events. National Manufacturing Week is THE event for the U.S. manufacturing industry, the place where the industry gathers and companies come together to find new products, education and solutions to build their business in the global market.

For more information on National Manufacturing Week 2006, exhibits March 21-23, Conference March 20-23, visit www.manufacturingweek.com.

The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM), the nation’s largest industrial trade association, representing small and large manufacturers in every industrial sector and in all 50 states, is National Manufacturing Week’s sponsor. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., the NAM has 10 additional offices across the country. Visit the NAM’s award-winning web site at www.nam.org for more information about manufacturing and the economy.

Reed Exhibitions, which manages more than 430 trade shows annually worldwide, is a member of Reed Elsevier Group plc, a world-leading provider of information-driven services and solutions. Reed Exhibitions offers integrated market access programs covering exhibitions, trade publications, direct marketing and the Internet to a database of 3.5 million in North America. Reed has North American offices in Norwalk, CT; Waltham, MA; Palm Beach, FL; Las Vegas, NV; and Toronto, ONT (Canada) and also and operations offices worldwide. (NYSE:RUK/ENL).

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