Join Us for the

CEMA 2023 Fall Meeting

September 19-20 | O’Hare Hilton, Chicago

Where the leading companies in conveying and material handling meet to network, collaborate, and set the standards for the industry.

Registration continues for CEMA’s 2023 Fall Meeting

New this year: 

“Immigration Strategies for Hiring Foreign Talent”

presented by esteemed attorney Lawrence Lebowitz, Founder of the Immigration group at Denton Cohen & Grigsby. 

Click through the tabs above for more details, or below to begin your registration.  We look forward to seeing you in Chicago!

Registration Fee:  $510 for first company representative,
$460 for each additional representative from the same company.

Also remember, Member dues are discounted (25% for Manufacturing and Conveyor Systems Integrator Members, and 5% for Technical Members) when a Member Company representative participates in a minimum of one in-person CEMA meeting per year.



    • Thank you for completing a separate registration form for each attendee from your member company.
    • Registered Guests of attendees may join the group for all meals. The fee for guests is $230.
    • Hotel costs are in addition to registration fees.

Fall Meeting Schedule at a Glance

Tuesday, September 19

10:30 am Board of Directors Meeting (Executive Session)

1:30 pm  Planning Meetings

    • Engineering Conference Planning
    • Past Presidents Committee (Executive Session)


3:30 pm Committee Meetings

    • Government Affairs
    • Meetings
    • Membership / Marketing


6:30 pm Reception and Dinner (All Members and Registered Guests)

Wednesday, September 20

6:30 am Breakfast Buffet (All Members and Registered Guests)

7:00 am Meetings

    • Conveyor Chain & Sprocket Committee
    • Joint Screw Conveyor & Bucket Elevator Committee
    • Ad Hoc Conveyor Systems Integrators Committee


8:30 am Joint Session and Presentation (All Members and Registered Guests)

“Immigration Strategies for Hiring Foreign Talent,” Lawrence Lebowitz

As the Founder and immediate past Chair of the Immigration group at Dentons Cohen & Grigsby, Larry helped to establish and continues to oversee the outbound/global immigration practice, representing public and private employers in securing temporary and permanent work-authorized visas for foreign national employees in countries throughout the world.

9:30 am Section Meetings

    • Bulk Handling
    • Unit Handling


10:30 am Board of Directors Meeting (Executive Session)

1:00 pm Adjournment of 2023 Fall Meeting


The Hilton Chicago O’Hare Airport Hotel is located right at the airport.  You are able to walk from the terminal into the hotel.

CEMA will coordinate your room reservation request with the hotel.

  • The rate is $225 USD per night, plus state/local taxes of 17.4%. If more than 2 people in guest room, an add’l $25/night/person will be charged.
  • A 17.4% local room tax will be added to your bill.
  • Check-in time is 3:00 p.m., checkout time is 12:00 p.m.
  • Reservations must be cancelled at least 48 hours before your scheduled arrival to avoid a fee of one-night’s room rate plus tax.  (Note: if you need to cancel your room reservation at the last minute, please contact the hotel directly at (773) 686-8000 and ask for the Front Desk.)
  • If you need to extend your reservation, please contact Karen as soon as possible.  If you extend at the hotel, they will not extend your reservation at the CEMA group rate.
  • At check in, you should receive an envelope from the Front Desk containing your name badge (if they don’t give it to you, please ask for it).  As part of CEMA’s sustainability efforts, we are going paperless for our meetings, so you will receive the daily schedule and links to the agendas via email each morning.


RETURNING THIS YEAR… A full breakfast (to include scrambled eggs, bacon, and breakfast potatoes) has been added to the Wednesday schedule!

The room where the  breakfast will be set up is small but close to the meeting rooms for the 7:00 a.m. meetings. There will be seating for 14 people.  Feel free to make a plate and take it to your meeting. Coffee will be available in both the breakfast room and the meeting rooms.

If you plan on eating breakfast, please check the box on the registration form so that we can have an accurate headcount for the breakfast.

The block of rooms we were holding has been released.  As of this writing, rooms remain available; call Karen at the CEMA office (239-514-3114) to confirm availability.


We have a $10.00 discount on the Hotel’s Valet Parking rate of $75.00 for overnight parking. There is no Self-Parking at the Hilton Chicago O’Hare Airport Hotel; more about parking options at O’Hare HERE.

What is the cancellation policy?

FOR REGISTRATION FEES:  You may send a substitute in your place at any time. To request a refund (less a $100 service charge), notify Karen at CEMA ( of your cancellation in writing no later than noon on September 1, 2023. NO REFUNDS can be issued for cancellation after this date.

FOR HOTEL:  You must cancel hotel reservations at least 48 hours prior to your arrival date.  Please inform CEMA headquarters if you need to cancel your room reservation. Late cancellations will be charged a cancellation fee by the hotel of for one night’s lodging.

When does Early Bird end?

The Early Bird registration deadline is Friday, August 18.  After the 18th, the registration fees will increase to $510 for the first attendee from your company, and $460 for the second and subsequent attendees.

What is the deadline for hotel reservations?

The deadline for hotel reservations is Friday, August 25.  After this date, the block of rooms we are holding will be released. We cannot guarantee room reservations after Friday, August 25th.

I have a question about or need to change my registration. Who should I contact?

Karen Lampart at the CEMA office (, or 239.260.8406) would be happy to answer your questions or make any necessary changes to your registration.

What meals are included in my registration fee?

Your registration fee includes the following meals:

  • Welcome Reception and Dinner, Tuesday, 6:30pm
  • Breakfast on Wednesday, 6:30am


In order for guests to participate in the meal events, they must be registered.  The registration fees for guests is $230.  There are options on how to pay your guest’s registration fees on your registration form.

What is the dress code?

Comfortable business casual dress is appropriate. Rooms tend to be chilly. Tuesday evening dinner is also business casual, and may include sport coat for men; pantsuits, slacks, skirts/dresses for women.

Will paper handouts be available at the Conference?

No, we are trying hard to reduce the impact of our meetings and conferences.  You will receive links to minutes from the last meetings, and to agendas for the Septermer meeting via email in advance.  In addition, each morning during the meeting, you will receive an email with the schedule for the day and links to the agendas for that day’s meetings.

I will have a guest; how do I pay for them?

You have two options for payment for guests.  You can simply add their registration fee to your own and make one payment, or you can pay for them separately (if, for instance, you need to pay for them with a personal credit card while using a business card to pay your own registration).  When you indicate you have a guest, you’ll be able to select which option you wish to use, and will be directed accordingly in the registration form.

Thank you for considering these opportunities to support CEMA’s 2023 Fall Meeting.

Choose from among these remaining Sponsorship Levels:


SILVER:  Committee Meetings – $750 ea.

  • Government Affairs
  • Meetings  


2023 Fall Meeting Roll Call


More information available Late Spring 2024