SAVE THE DATE: Thursday, February 19, 2015
Planning is well underway for the upcoming 4th Annual Manufacturers’ Summit on February 19, 2015 at the newly renovated Riverside Convention Center in downtown Riverside.
The Annual Manufacturers’ Summit provides relevant information for area manufacturers, highlights the successes of business in the Inland Empire and promotes manufacturing jobs. Summit attendees are given the opportunity to discuss solutions to the most pressing issues facing the manufacturing community, including regulations, workforce development, resource efficiency, exporting, marketing and more.
Summit keynote speaker Ed Tackett will present on additive manufacturing (3-D printing) and the rapid growth of opportunities the technology will bring to the workforce in the coming years. Tackett is director of the National Science Foundation Center for Rapid Technologies, or RapidTech, at UC Irvine. RapidTech is the national center for emerging technologies in additive manufacturing.
Keynote speaker Gus Whalen, Chairman of the Warren Featherbone Foundation, will return as a second-time guest of the Summit to speak on the importance of educational efforts that support the future of manufacturing. Whalen is an author, philanthropist and a leading advocate for U.S. manufacturing. He is the Founder of the Georgia Manufacturing Appreciation Week, a creator of the Manufacturing Development Center at Featherbone Communiversity, a master storyteller, a philanthropist and author.
Founded by Whalen’s great grandfather Edward K. Warren as a manufacturer of women’s corsets, the Warren Featherbone Company has adapted to changing markets, technologies and industries throughout its 130 year history. The company’s success is a testament of the possibilities that arise from the spirit of innovation that thrives within America’s manufacturing community. The Featherbone Foundation, a philanthropic extension of the Featherbone Company, originated as an effort to preserve wilderness areas in Michigan. It was later reestablished by Whalen to offer educational opportunities in his hometown of Gainesville, Georgia.
Breakout sessions will discuss important topics relevant to the manufacturing industry.
Planned topics include: Lean Manufacturing; Additive Manufacturing Technical Workshop; Workforce Pipeline, Export/Import; Maquiladora and the Southern Border; Channel Disruption and Marketing and Incentives; Resources for Growth.
E=mc² Innovation Awards
There will be a special award ceremony with trophies presented to local manufacturers. Three Innovation Awards will be presented to local manufacturers who demonstrate the most innovation in improving resource or energy efficiency; employment and workforce issues; and effective marketing. The E=mc² trophy is made locally by a budding inventor and entrepreneur named Dustin Venegas. The trophy represents manufacturing at its best — with an elegant design, created with skilled craftsmanship.
See Innovation Awards from past years
Become a Made in the I.E. Exhibitor
Display space will be provided to local manufacturers interested in showcasing their products. Manufacturers interested in displaying their products in the Made in the I.E. Exhibitor Hall are encouraged to register early.
Sponsorship opportunities are available for entities that recognize the importance of providing support for the local manufacturing industry. Our annual sponsors receive the benefit of ongoing publicity throughout the year. Sponsorship levels include Platinum, Gold, Silver and Bronze. To take advantage of discounted prices for sponsorships you must register before December 1, 2014. For detailed information, see our sponsorship registration form.