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Downtown Grand Rapids is located just 15 minutes from Gerald Ford International Airport.  Uber and Lyft provide service to and from the airport.  Learn more about ground transportation options.

Driving?  No problem!  Parking is available at our hotels and DeVos Place.  Click here for a map of downtown parking options.

Conference Location

The SPE Thermoforming Conference educational sessions, workshops, exhibits, Parts Competition, Student RC Car Race and onsite registration will be held at DeVos PlaceClick here for directions and parking information.

The SPE Thermoforming Awards Dinner will be held on Tuesday, September 21, at the JW Marriott Grand Rapids Hotel.

ArtPrize Returns during the SPE Thermoforming Conference®!

ArtPrize® is an open, independently organized international art competition which takes place in Grand Rapids, Michigan. It celebrates artists working in all mediums from anywhere in the world, and is open to any creative with an artwork to enter and a venue willing to host it.
For 18 days, art is exhibited throughout the city in public parks and museums, in galleries and vacant storefronts, in bars and on bridges. ArtPrize awards $450,000 directly to artists, through grants to support their ambitious work and through prizes which the public decides through the ArtPrize mobile app.
Since its inception in 2009, millions have participated in ArtPrize, displaying their work, opening their spaces to artists and visitors from around the world, and sparking countless conversations about what art is and why it matters.
If you attended the 2012 Conference in Grand Rapids, this is the same unique and fascinating event! Learn more about ArtPrize at https://www.artprize.org.

Hotel Information

Hotel rooms are available at the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel and the JW Marriott Grand Rapids.  Both hotels are connected by a covered walkway to DeVos Place.

The SPE Thermoforming Division has not retained the services of any company to assist with the hotel reservation booking process.  The Hotel will not contact you to assist you with your reservations booking process unless you contact them first.  We encourage you to make hotel reservations for the SPE Thermoforming Conference with the hotel directly.

Book your hotel reservation online at the Amway Grand Plaza or the JW Marriott 

SPE Thermoforming Division Room Rates:

Amway Grand Plaza: $189 per night plus tax
JW Marriott Grand Rapids: $199 per night plus tax

Rates Include complimentary guest room internet and fitness center and pool access for registered SPE Thermoforming Group guests.  These discounted rates are available three days prior to and after the Conference, based on availability.

These room rates are available until the room block is sold out or on August 17, 2021:  whichever comes first.  Reserve your room early to avoid disappointment and higher rates!  

Local Grand Rapids Information

Grand Rapids, Michigan, has been named 1 of 52 Places to Go Worldwide (New York Times, 2016), the #1 U.S. Place to Visit (Groupon, 2015) and America’s #1 Travel Destination (Lonely Planet, 2014).  More recently (2020), Grand Rapids was named one of the best convention cities and centers by Travmar, a resource for meeting and event planners.

Additional Grand Rapids Area Information

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Skyline with CloseUp to Convention Center
Founders Brewing Co. Beer
Downtown Skyline RIver View
Amway Grand Plaza and Convention Center Skyline

*All photos courtesy of Experience Grand Rapids


 Contact Lesley Kyle, Conference Coordinator 
 Phone: 914-671-9524
 Email: thermoformingdivision@gmail.com