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Houston is ranked as the largest manufacturing city in the United States with over 5,000 companies and 250,000 workers.  This may be a surprise to most readers and represents great resources and capabilities in our backyard.  Our manufacturing community is broadly known to serve the energy, petrochemical, life science, aerospace and electronics industries.  The subset of supporting industries and smaller niches creates a very diverse and capable workforce.  Houston has not done a great job bringing the diverse manufacturing community together to promote cross collaboration and communication of these capabilities to the region.  The Greater Houston Manufacturing Association was founded to help bring the local manufacturing community together to collaborate on common interests and promote the local capabilities and economic impact.  Houston is a great city to do business and has world class distribution through the Port of Houston, Rail, freeway access to the center of the United States, warehouse, transportation and logistics services.  We are excited about the future of our nation’s public and private space program and believe that Houston is very well positioned to capitalize on the assets and deep engineering and technical skill that have grown from the NASA Johnson Space Center and the world class contractors that have established significant investment and presence in the region.   The local manufacturing community has the assets, technology and capacity to help accelerate and efficiently bring new technologies and resources to market.  As a member of the Greater Houston Manufacturing Association we are proud to promote SpaceCom and to collaborate with their partners to help get the word out and connect the engineering and manufacturing needs to the local engineering firms, fabricators and manufacturing companies.

SpaceCom will be a catalyst for innovation and growth in the commercial development of space. Its dynamic, three-day event is specifically engineered to:

• Highlight ways space technologies cut across five target industries (medical, energy, transportation, communications and advanced manufacturing)
• Showcase examples of how business can exploit LEO and suborbital environments
• Accelerate the usage of the International Space Station National Laboratory
• Demonstrate why fostering close collaboration, partnerships and co-development on an international scale is so crucial
• Offer insights into the who and how to raise money for new ventures
• Provide existing space companies access to new customers

Join us in supporting the Spacecom conference November 17-19, 2015.