BRISTOL – On March 17, the New England Spring and Metalstamping Association will be holding its annual NESMA Expo and Casino Night at the Bristol DoubleTree by Hilton as a means of gathering like-minded professionals.
”This is a tabletop trade and informational show with a fun casino night,” said NESMA board member Ryan Cutter and president of Fenn Torin, a spring machine manufacturer in Berlin. “We didn’t want to do just a tabletop trade show and have everyone show up for 30 minutes and leave. That doesn’t go toward developing a sense of community within the spring making industry.”
Cutter said that Bristol had one of the biggest concentrations of spring manufacturers in the country, slightly smaller than Chicago.
“NESMA is a great organization where people in the spring industry can all get together and try to help each other without having competitive pressure. (The event) is a good time,” said Cutter.
There will be vendor booths at the expo to provide information and also giveaways.
“As the night goes on, we’ll go into an open bar and have a mock casino set up so people can play craps or blackjack,” said the board member. “At the end, (game money) can be turned in for raffle tickets.”
The expo will be held from 3 to 6 p.m. with the casino night starting at 6 and ending at 9 p.m. The expo will continue on into the evening. Cutter encouraged younger students or potential students of the trades to check out the early expo prior to the casino night.
Event organizers anticipate professionals from across the country to join at the expo.
“One of the big pushes we have is to focus on education and to publicize the spring making business,” said Cutter. ”I think when a lot of people go to trade school or look for a career, they don’t think of spring making or stamp work as a trade. They tend to focus on CNC machining, or welding or laser cutting. There are a lot of spring makers here in Connecticut and it's a strong business and a great place for a career.”
Those interested in attending the event can find more information on the NESMA-USA webpage.