Inland Empire Manufactures to Discuss Local Industry Issues at Summit
ONTARIO, CA – The 5th annual Manufacturers’ Summit, scheduled for April 26 at the Ontario Convention Center, will provide a day filled with leading edge information for the industry and supporting businesses.
“Manufacturers are busy people, so we have packed a full day experience into a seven hour event,” stated Rod Hoover, California Steel Industries and Vice-Chair of the MCIE. “The keynotes and breakout sessions will give us great take-aways that can be applied to any business.”
Eleven informative breakout sessions, presented by industry experts, are designed to offer support and resources, and to provoke discussion on the current topics of concern for the local manufacturing industry and economy. Topics include:
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Grow Your Business Through Exports
A panel will discuss free and low cost resources to help manufacturers expand into international markets, while reducing risk.
Effective Project Management Tools for Manufacturers
This session will approach the topic of project management from the point of view of manufacturers and suppliers, covering the why and how to initiate/improve software implementation in order to improve business performance.
Your Talent is Retiring
Learn about federal and state-funded programs designed to build a better local workforce and how manufacturers may access these funds to grow and strengthen their workforce.
Improve your Marketing Process and Grow
Join a discussion on current marketing trends and how industrial companies can use marketing automation to target their audience and grow.
Navigating Energy Efficiency for Manufacturers
A panel discussion will cover tactics for reducing energy operating expenses and leveraging the utility rebate and the incentive programs available to manufacturing companies across the Inland Empire.
The Urgent Need to Reshore
Attendees will learn about reshoring’s effect on global supply chains and what you can do to support reshoring.
Improving your Business: Is it Lean 5S or 6S (Safety)?
Session I participants will be challenged to participate in an interactive workshop that validates the importance of 5S. The workshop will cover importance of a 5S implementation as a foundational strategy for continuous improvement. Building on Session I, Session II will address the role and practice of leadership in ensuring a 5S implementation is effective.
Emotional Intelligence and Bullying in the Workplace
The basics of emotional intelligence and learn strategies will be discussed, leading to improved employee skills and a better working environment.
Obtaining and managing environmental compliance, with in-house or third-party audits, will be discussed including how to deal with regulatory agencies and discover the pros and cons of having a dedicated environmental team.
Successful Careers in Manufacturing – for Students
This special session for college students will discuss the career opportunities available in manufacturing and the necessary skills and training to successfully gain employment in the industry.
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The Center of Excellence (COE) report in 2014 identified 4,350 advanced manufacturing businesses within San Bernardino and Riverside Counties. The COE further identified 45 manufacturing occupations in the region that are expected to generate 2,020 annual openings for new or replacement jobs.
The annual event has been one of the largest manufacturing events in the state since its inception in 2012, according to Dorothy Rothrock, President of the California Manufacturers and Technology Association. Rothrock has been selected as the Master of Ceremonies for the 2016 Summit and will bring humor and a statewide manufacturing perspective to the event.
Attendees of the 2016 Summit will enjoy a large “Made in the Inland Empire” exhibit hall for manufacturers to display locally made products, vendor booths, lunch and a special award ceremony to celebrate the region’s innovative manufacturers. This year’s Summit keynote speakers include acclaimed author and international speaker Ryan Holiday, and Garner Holt, of Garner Holt Productions (GHP), the internationally recognized leader in the design and manufacturing of animatronics.
The Manufacturers’ Council of the Inland Empire (MCIE) was incorporated as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization in 2006 and celebrates its 10th anniversary this year. The MCIE works in collaboration with Chaffey College, San Bernardino Community College District, Riverside Community College, 8 other regional colleges and the San Bernardino County and Riverside County Workforce Development Boards to create programs that will provide training to hundreds of manufacturing and distribution firms in the region.