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ISM's Semiannual Release and Economic Outlook Presentation May 10, 2005, in San Antonio Imparts Insights Into the Economy

FOR RELEASE: December 21, 2004

CONTACT: Terri Tracey
  ISM Semiannual Release
  800/888-6276 ext. 3071
  ttracey@ism.ws

TEMPE, Ariz., December 21, 2004 — The leading organization for supply management professionals, Institute for Supply Management™ (ISM), reveals what supply management executives anticipate for the economy during the balance of 2005 at the Economic Outlook Presentation, May 10, 2005. ISM's Semiannual Economic Forecast will be presented during ISM's 90th Annual International Supply Management Conference and Educational Exhibit in San Antonio. Conference attendees, media, executive-level supply management professionals and leading economists will hear from a stellar roundup of speakers who will assist them in understanding the current economic situation and the financial future of the U.S. manufacturing and non-manufacturing sectors.

Norbert J. Ore, C.P.M., chair, ISM Manufacturing Business Survey Committee, and group director, strategic sourcing and procurement, Georgia-Pacific Corporation, releases the committee's Manufacturing Semiannual Economic Forecast. Veteran Report On Business® representative Ralph G. Kauffman, Ph.D., C.P.M., chair, ISM Non-Manufacturing Business Survey Committee, releases the Non-Manufacturing Semiannual Economic Forecast. Kauffman is associate professor of management and coordinator of the Purchasing and Supply Management Program at the University of Houston — Downtown.

Following the release of the forecast for both the manufacturing and non-manufacturing sectors, the program continues with presentations by two of the nation's most renowned economists. Economic keynote speaker Thomas F. Siems, Ph.D., is senior economist and policy advisor for Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas. The second keynote speaker, Robert Fry, Ph.D., is senior associate economist for DuPont. Conference attendees will come face-to-face with leading economic experts and learn what's in store for the balance of 2005.

For complete Annual Conference information, visit www.ism.ws. Early registration ends March 3, 2005. Media credentials to attend the 90th Annual International Supply Management Conference and Educational Exhibit may be obtained in advance by contacting Terri Tracey at 800/888-6276 or 480/752-6276, extension 3071, or e-mail ttracey@ism.ws.


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