Press Release

For Immediate Release
Thursday, July 11, 2013

DEARBORN, Mich., — July 11, 2013 How best to train the workforce of today and tomorrow will be the focus of the third annual tuXperience, hosted by Tooling U-SME, September 23-25, 2013 at the Millennium Knickerbocker Hotel in Chicago. Showcasing successful, integrated training programs used by top manufacturers, the tuXperience will feature nationally recognized training experts and breakout Q&A sessions with current Tooling U-SME customers and those looking to develop a world class training program.

Through collaborative discussions and dialogue, the user conference will focus on how companies are strategically aligning their training programs to overcome workforce issues while maximizing bottom-line impact. Tooling U-SME customers of all sizes will share best practices and lessons learned while deploying their results-focused solutions.

"The tuXperience is all about how best to build practical knowledge and employee skills through successful, fully-integrated training initiatives calibrated to real business needs," said Jeannine Kunz, SME, director, training & development. "This conference brings together manufacturing's best, brightest and most forward-thinking; those with their hands on the pulse of this industry's bright future."

Long recognized as the manufacturing industry's top resource for onboarding, career and professional development training, Tooling U-SME is utilized by half of all Fortune 500 manufacturing companies.

The tuXperience will feature:

  • Keynote speakers:
    • Elliott Masie, internationally recognized futurist focused on workforce learning, business collaboration and emerging technologies
    • David Vance, president of Manage Learning L.L.C. and founder and former head of Caterpillar University
  • Partner panel discussions:
    • Aligning Tooling U-SME with key business objectives
    • Establishing clear training program objectives
  • Workshops and breakout sessions on program deployment, communications and utilization of Tooling U-SME training services

Added Kunz: "Our customers look forward to this event each year, to compare notes and learn how other companies are benefiting from and using Tooling U-SME to educate, train and enhance their workforce."

The tuXperience is open to current Tooling U-SME clients and any others who are interested in discovering solutions to their workforce issues. Cost for the user conference is $495 through July 31, $695 from August 1 through September 9. More information can be found at

Tooling U-SME delivers versatile learning and development solutions to the manufacturing community. More than 210,000 individuals and 5,000 companies and educational institutions use our online learning and assessment programs and other training options to address workforce needs. Tooling U-SME is a division of SME, a 501(c)3 organization that has been gathering, validating and sharing manufacturing knowledge for more than 80 years.

SME advances manufacturing and attracts future generations through its strategic areas of events, media, membership, training & development and the SME Education Foundation. A 501(c)3 organization, SME has been gathering, validating and sharing manufacturing knowledge for more than 80 years. SME - Making the future. Together.