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SpeedNews Launches Global Aerospace Manufacturing Conference South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley welcomes new event, which will bring industry leaders to Charleston to address trends, issues and opportunities in April 2013

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 8, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Penton Media's SpeedNews today announced the launch of its "Aerospace Manufacturing Conference" to address a wide range of business and operational topics affecting the timely delivery of products and services across the aerospace industry supply chain, and promote an open dialogue among industry thought-leaders to innovate practical, sustainable solutions.

The new event, the sixth addition to the SpeedNews Conferences portfolio, will be held April 9-10, 2013 at the Charleston Place in Charleston, SC. The event is being produced in partnership with the Charleston Regional Development Alliance (CRDA), and in association with Penton's IndustryWeek, the leading source of business information and insight for manufacturing industry professionals.

"When we launched our 'Aerospace Raw Materials & Manufacturers Conference' in 2011, we also uncovered demand for deeper knowledge of how to better align manufacturing and the supply chain," said Joanna Speed, managing director of SpeedNews Conferences. "Our new Aerospace Manufacturing Conference responds with a dynamic, face-to-face forum focused on helping industry professionals gain critical insights that can improve their operations."

The decision to debut the event in South Carolina recognizes the state's growing influence as an aerospace manufacturing base. More than 180 aerospace engineering companies, including design firms, service providers, and distributors employ more than 20,000 people in the state. 

"South Carolina is a great place to do business. It's also a great place to host an international conference related to one of our state's major industries. The aerospace industry is solid in our state, and we want more businesses to locate here," said South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley. "I am excited to participate and welcome aerospace industry experts from around the world to our great state next spring."

Delegates attending the SpeedNews Aerospace Manufacturing Conference will learn about the latest manufacturing products and software technologies to improve productivity and profitability for their operations. The agenda will cover a wide range of topics including design, advanced materials, engineering, technology, equipment, components, tooling and machining. These capabilities are central to the industry, and have played a significant role in fueling South Carolina's aerospace economy.

"Partnering with SpeedNews to help launch the Aerospace Manufacturing Conference is a fantastic way to showcase the Charleston region as a business destination, and its growing aerospace cluster and assets as leaders in the global aerospace industry," said David Ginn, CRDA President & CEO.

About SpeedNews Conferences
SpeedNews Conferences is the leader in producing executive events that serve the information and professional networking needs of senior-level aviation and aerospace leaders, decision makers and industry analysts. From aircraft and engine manufacturing to current financial reports, delegates who attend SpeedNews events walk away with current knowledge from experts to help guide their business plans for the coming year. SpeedNews is a Penton Aviation business.

About IndustryWeek
IndustryWeek brings together manufacturing business leaders to explore the issues, strategies, trends and technologies that help them build more competitive and profitable companies. IndustryWeek is part of the Penton Manufacturing & Supply Chain Group, whose brands are the trusted resource for relevant news and measurable results. Our team of dedicated editors and thought leaders work together to integrate print, digital and in person events that deliver the return on investment you need. IndustryWeek is a Penton Manufacturing & Supply Chain business.

About Penton Media, Inc.
For millions of business owners and decision-makers, Penton makes the difference every day. We engage our professional users by providing actionable ideas and insights, data and workflow tools, community and networking, both in person and virtually, all with deep relevance to their specific industries. Then we activate this engagement by connecting users with tens of thousands of targeted providers of products and services to help drive business growth. Learn more about our company at www.penton.com.

Penton is a privately held company owned by MidOcean Partners and U.S. Equity Partners II, an investment fund sponsored by Wasserstein & Co., LP, and its co-investors.

About The Charleston Regional Development Alliance 
The CRDA serves as a catalyst for long-term, sustainable economic growth in Berkeley, Charleston and Dorchester counties of South Carolina. The CRDA leads a global marketing effort to attract and retain world-class business and talent, and to facilitate the site selection process for companies considering the three-county region for competitive expansion or location investments. To learn more, visit charlestoneconomicdevelopment.com.

CONTACT:
For SpeedNews Conferences
Joanna Speed, Managing Director
(310) 595-9403
Joanna.Speed@Penton.com 
www.speednews.com 
Twitter: @speednewsconf 
Facebook: Facebook.com/SpeedNews 
LinkedIn: linkedin.com/company/speednews

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