All Conference Attendees will get a tour of Cortex on Wednesday afternoon.

CORTEX - An Innovation Community
The Cortex Innovation Community is home to a vibrant 200-acre innovation hub and technology district integrated into St. Louis’ historic Central West End and Forest Park Southeast residential neighborhoods, surrounded by nationally ranked universities and medical centers and abundant cultural and recreational assets that include the Grand Center arts district, the Missouri Botanical Garden, and 1,400-acre Forest Park that is host to the St. Louis Zoo, the St. Louis Art Museum, the Missouri History Museum, the St. Louis Science Center, biking and walking trails and two public golf courses. The area has been described as a little European, a little New York, and totally St. Louis.

Conference Attendees will have a choice of one of the three following companies to see on Thursday afternoon.

Hydromat – 

Hydromat is home to a team of Rotary Transfer Specialists. For over 30 years, we've been building the world's finest precision transfer machines at our manufacturing facility in St. Louis, Missouri. Teams of highly skilled craftsmen, working in close cooperation with our customers and business partners, merge Swiss-precision machine elements with locally sourced components.  Our goal is to offer unique and innovative manufacturing solutions that provide high quality and cost effective machining capabilities. These solutions give our customers the unsurpassed quality, reliability, and performance they have come to expect from Hydromat.  Our products, featuring the EPIC R/T line of CNC machines, are competitive in small, medium, and large facilities. We are the Rotary Transfer experts.  Hydromat will present the newest CNC rotary transfer control technologies and latest software developments.

Bissinger’s Handcrafted Chocolatier –
See first-hand the art and craft of creating award-winning fine confections. The tour will highlight the company’s 350-year history, artisan techniques, and discuss the chocolate-making process and the social and environmental elements related to cocoa farming.  
Take a guided walking tour through the newly renovated Chocolate Factory - a beautiful, historic 220,000-square-foot building. It was once home to the MKT Railroad Depot and recently received a spectacular renovation to provide 85,000 square feet of space for production and warehousing in St. Louis. Bissinger’s chocolates are carried by a range of stores, including Whole Foods Market, Straub’s, Dillard’s, Lord and Taylor and Neiman Marcus.

Anheuser-Busch Companies, Inc

Anheuser-Busch InBev brews and owns brands that are both nationally and internationally prominent. Tour the St. Louis Plant where it all started. See the Brewing Process including the Brew Kettles and Beechwood Aging Cellars.  Also see the world-famous Budweiser Clydesdales at historic stables built in 1885.