Manufacturing Council Calls for Submissions of Top Industry Innovations

Colton, CA, December 18, 2017-The Manufacturers’ Council of the Inland Empire (MCIE) invites local manufacturers to showcase their groundbreaking work for the chance to receive recognition at the 2018 Manufacturers’ Summit.

The 7th Annual Summit will take place on February 15, 2018 from 7:00 AM to 2:00 PM at the Ontario Convention Center.

“The E=mc2 Innovation Awards are a great way to showcase what a company is doing to raise the bar,” said Award Chair Lisa Anderson. “These awards can prove to Inland Empire companies and their employees that they are innovative and have great ideas to grow their business and remain competitive.”

There are four categories for the E=mc2 Innovation Award:

  • Innovation in Resource or Process Efficiency –energy, water and other resources and/or process and flow improvement;
  • Innovation in Product Development – products that support business and customer growth and margin improvement;
  • Innovation in Human Capital and Talent – developing top talent within the organization, empowering employees and building skills;
  • Innovation in Marketing – sales and marketing that facilitate business growth, increased market share and/or improved reputation.


Last year’s award recipient, Combustion Associates, Inc., won in the category of Resource Efficiency. The company utilized the small space they had using Lean Six Sigma Methodology to train employees to more effectively use the machine shop’s limited space, as well as create process and material flow optimization.

Beginning last year, students of manufacturers can also apply for the award. “With the addition of the student category, we now have a spotlight on hiring recent graduates who showcase their talents with their submissions,” explained Anderson.

Submissions to be considered for the Manufacturers’ E=mc2 Innovation Awards will be accepted until Monday, January 15.  For more information about applications or the Manufacturing Summit, please visit www

The Manufacturers’ Council of the Inland Empire (MCIE) supports and provides education on manufacturing topics to manufacturers, employees, students, and the community. The Council provides a strong, unified voice when communicating with regional, state and national entities on issues impacting the region. Programming is designed to help manufacturers find solutions for issues including: employment and training, research, regulatory compliance, import and export, and funding.