Appterra Selected by the US Department of Commerce and the State of Texas to Represent the USA and Texas at Hanover Messe, 2016



Tuesday, February 16, 2016 

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More than 230 U.S. companies and research institutions confirmed to exhibit at Hannover Messe, along with 39 economic development organizations from 30 states

WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker announced that she will lead the largest-ever U.S. delegation to Hannover Messe, the world’s foremost trade fair for industrial technology, taking place April 25 to 29, 2016 in Hannover, Germany. For the first time in the Fair’s history, the United States will be the Partner Country, which provides the more than 270 businesses and economic development organizations (EDOs) in the U.S. delegation an unprecedented opportunity to be prominently featured in U.S. exhibition halls and during special events.

President Obama will also participate in this year’s event, themed “Integrated Industry-Join the Network.”

“The United States is home to the most innovative and forward thinking companies in the world. But in today’s global economy, it is not enough to simply be the best – we must also let the world know that America is open for business,” said Secretary Pritzker. “Hannover Messe is a unique opportunity for American companies to showcase their products and capabilities to thousands of global advanced manufacturing representatives.”

The U.S. manufacturing industry has strong bonds to Germany and our countries have been vital partners in many geopolitical priorities. The 2016 Hannover Messe will be a milestone in our transatlantic trade relations and an example of the Obama Administration’s commitment to strengthening the U.S.-Germany economic partnership.

The Department of Commerce will also host the U.S. Investment Pavilion, a centerpiece of the fair and host to state and local economic development organization exhibitors. The International Trade Administration will have international trade specialists available on the show floor to provide insights into global industry trends, identify the best market opportunities for U.S. products, and facilitate introductions to international buyers, distributors, and investors. To learn more and register for the event, visit

A list of all exhibitors in the delegation can be downloaded at

Charlie Alsmiller

Throughout his career, Charlie Alsmiller has focused on customer problems in difficult industries such as Energy and Telecommunications. Prior to starting Appterra in 2005, Alsmiller was VP of Global Operations for Allegro Development, a leading provider of software for the energy sector. He has also served as president of OmniSpace Technologies, a leading SaaS provider that he founded in 1999. He spent over 10 years in the consulting world with Price Waterhouse and Deloitte Consulting, where he participated in a wide variety of projects for very high profile clients. Mr. Alsmiller holds a BBA from Baylor University in Management and Information Systems and a MBA from the University of Dallas in International Business. Specialties: Technology ventures, Enterprise Software, Contract Negotiation, International Operations, Private Equity, Product Management, Strategic Alliances, Software Implementation, Software Development

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