Inaugural Top Shops Conference is a Success, Announces Plans for 2018

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Modern Machine Shop’s inaugural Top Shops event connected leaders in CNC machining and announced this year’s Top Shops Honorees

The inaugural Modern Machine Shop Top Shops Conference concluded in Indianapolis on September 7th. The event program was based on Modern Machine Shop’s annual Top Shops benchmarking program and highlighted by presentations from several past and present Top Shops honorees, and presented in partnership with AMT–The Association For Manufacturing Technology. 

The event drew hundreds of machining professionals from all over North America and across the globe. Managers, executives, and engineers represented more than 100 shops that came to share insights, network and get actionable information to take back to their businesses.

“This event was designed as a conference ‘for top shops, by top shops’ and it delivered,” said Dave Necessary, Event Director. “Leading shops came to not only benchmark their current business, but to find ways to improve them. We couldn’t be happier with this year’s inaugural event. But, we’re already discussing ways to improve the event, moving forward.”

The Top Shops conference also offered an exhibit room, off-site tours, and networking events, including the presentation of the 2017 Top Shops Awards to this year’s honorees.

Four participating shops in the benchmarking group were named 2017 Honors Program winners for the primary survey categories. This year’s winners include X-L Machine (Three Rivers, Michigan), Richards Industries (Cincinnati, Ohio), Land Sea Air Manufacturing (Westminster, Maryland) and MRS Machining (Augusta, Wisconsin).

The 2018 Top Shops Conference will take place September 13th, 2018 along IMTS 2018 at Chicago’s McCormick Place. More information is available at


Dave Necessary



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