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Inaugural Top Shops Expo Will Present 2021 Top Shops Benchmarking Survey Data

The two-day event will feature education sessions from industry experts backed by the data accumulated from the annual national benchmarking survey conducted by Gardner Business Intelligence.

(PRUnderground) August 24th, 2021

Gardner Business Media today announced that the results of their annual Top Shops Benchmarking Survey will be presented and analyzed in full at the inaugural Top Shops Expo, taking place October 13th-14th at the Duke Energy Convention Center in Cincinnati, OH.

Founded in 2010, the Top Shops Benchmarking Survey is conducted by Gardner Business Media’s Intelligence division and is distributed to thousands of North American manufacturers. The survey’s data, which spans everything from lead times to workforce development, is used as a business intelligence, business development and business improvement tool by thousands of contract manufacturers across the country.

This exclusive data will first be available to attendees and exhibitors at the Top Shops Expo. This data will be explained and examined by experts across four education tracks presented by four different Gardner Business Media Brands – Modern Machine Shop, Plastics Technology, CompostesWorld, and Products Finishing. This is the first time all four brands will be presented together, and the first time Plastics Technology and CompositesWorld data will be shared publicly. Leading shops and businesses from around the country will also present sessions based on the findings of this report, giving attendees a unique and informed perspective from industry leaders.

Top Shops Expo registration will also include access to:

  • Technology Displays: Innovative product and process technology vendors of machinery, software, materials and more
  • Sourcing Pavilion: Leading contract manufacturing companies displaying production and service capabilities from product design and prototyping to scale production to post-processing and finishing
  • Awards + Networking: Annual Top Shops awards program and a range of business networking events

Attendees who work in CNC Machining, Plastics Processing, Composites Fabrication and Products Finishing are expected to attend, exhibit, and network at the event.

Additional event details including technical programming and special events will be announced soon on and through all Gardner Business Media industrial brands.


About Top Shops: Founded in 2010 with the introduction of Modern Machine Shop’s Top Shops benchmarking survey, Top Shops is a business intelligence, business improvement and business development tool for North American manufacturers. Today, Top Shops includes an annual benchmarking survey and awards program; annual tradeshows and conferences; media and marketing services. Individual Top Shops programs are produced by Gardner Business Media’s Modern Machine Shop, Plastics Technology, Products Finishing and CompositesWorld brands.

About Gardner Business Media, Inc.: Founded in 1928 with Modern Machine Shop, Gardner Business Media ( is North America’s leading publisher of integrated media for durable goods manufacturing. Primary markets served include CNC machining and metalworking, 3D printing, plastics processing, mold manufacturing, composites fabrication, and products finishing. Gardner Business Media, Inc.’s portfolio includes magazines, tradeshows and technical conferences, digital media, market intelligence and solutions for event management, marketing and sales.


About Top Shops Expo

Recent events have reaffirmed the power and importance of North American manufacturers working together. From concept to CAD; production to post-process. Inventor to investor; job shop to OEM. The North American Manufacturing supply chain represents more possibility and potential than ever before – if it finds new and better ways to work together. That is what Top Shops is and what Top Shops is for – Manufacturing. Together.

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