Manufacturing and Technology Show returned Live this week in Cleveland

Nov. 9, 2021
Balancing energy and environmental concerns is a key topic for firms from every sector.

It’s a back to basics for manufacturers and customers eager to meet in person again. And yet even that feels extraordinary now.

The annual Manufacturing and Technology Show has returned live this week for the first time in two years. The event—last live 2019 in Pittsburgh—runs Tuesday through Thursday at the Huntington Convention Center in downtown Cleveland.

Tuesday started with technical tours at plant facilities for firms such as Lincoln Electric, Alloy Precision Technologies and Jergens. The in-house content begins Wednesday morning with a keynote address by retired Lt. Gen Russel L. Honoré, who led Hurricane Katrina response efforts in New Orleans 16 years ago.

The presentations focus on the breadth of crucial manufacturing challenges, from artificial intelligence to sustainability. Balancing energy and environmental concerns is a key topic for firms from every sector.

In one session on leveraging emerging technologies to drive sustainability, Wabtec Chief Technical Officer Eric Gebhardt will present on  how the freight rail industry is evolving. Gebhardt will highlight how Wabtec is utilizing how technologies such as battery power, hydrogen fuel cells, AI and more are helping the company realize its vision to reduce U.S.-based emissions by 120 million tons annually.

Other M&T Show presentations will feature experts from leading edge firms such as Google and Amazon talking about both technology and safety issues.

Raiford Smith, Electric and Gas Utilities and Technology leader with Google, will offer insights on how his company uses AI and machine learning to drive data center efficiency.

Other industry firms sending speakers to the M&T Show include Fero Labs, Magid, Avetta, Ampirical, Sherwin-Williams and SAIF Corp., among others.

For those who could not travel to Cleveland, the M&T Show will offer a virtual event Dec. 5-7.

Go to for more information on the topics covered. The event is a product of Endeavor Business Media, which is the parent company of EnergyTech.

About the Author

EnergyTech Staff

Rod Walton is senior editor for He has spent 14 years covering the energy industry as a newspaper and trade journalist.

Walton formerly was energy writer and business editor at the Tulsa World. Later, he spent six years covering the electricity power sector for Pennwell and Clarion Events. He joined Endeavor and EnergyTech in November 2021.

He can be reached at [email protected]

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