Where else but at a nationwide “heat-treat-only” event, such as Furnaces North America 2014 in Nashville, can you speak the same language as everyone else? Not at your civic clubs, nor chambers of commerce; not even at local or regional manufacturing organizations.

While all of these are worthy and need your support, a gathering of industry-specific movers and shakers presents the best opportunity to share your problems and gain solutions from the “best of the best” the heat-treating industry has to offer.

During FNA 2014, heat treaters from over 30 states and 20 countries will visit the technical sessions, networking receptions and two-day exhibition. In addition to the expo highlighting the latest products and services of over 160 industry suppliers and the 40 technical sessions featuring the hottest topics and leading-edge technologies, don’t overlook the built-in social events. This, after all, is where networking is king.

The first is the Welcome Reception on Monday, Oct. 6, the evening before the conference begins. This opening-night networking event is sponsored by J.L. Becker and GeoCorp. Every FNA expo is kicked off by this highly energetic affair, which features attendees and suppliers from all across the globe.

Next is the FNA Expo Reception on Tuesday, Oct. 7. This takes place during the last hour of the exhibition on the trade-show floor and precedes the Ultimate Comedy Theater. The key to accessing a free drink or two is to visit all the reception sponsors’ booths to get a couple of free drink tickets.

Connection is the key to finding great solutions to your challenges and opportunities. You can accomplish this at FNA 2014. Visit www.FurnacesNorthAmerica.com or contact the show office at 904-249-0448 or fna@heattreat.net for full meeting details and/or to register.