MCIE Manufacturing Summit

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.

6th Annual Manufacturers’ Summit
Friday, February 3, 2017
7:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Ontario Convention Center

2000 E Convention Center Way
Ontario, CA 91764


7:00 AM

Registration  / Networking / Exhibit Area Opens

8:00 AM Event Begins
  Pipe Band – Upland High School

Color Guard and Pledge  –  Pearl Virgen – Cott Beverage, Chairperson Manufacturers Council of the I.E.


Paul Granillo – IEEP, Emcee for the Summit


Tony Myrell – Premier Medical Transportation, San Bernardino Workforce Development Board

8:30 AM

Microburst Presentation – The Importance of Cyber Security for Manufacturers 
John McGloughlin, GuardSight, Inc. 

9:00 AM

Microburst Presentation – The Impact of Robotics and Automation on Manufacturing
Scott Melton, FANUC

9:30 AM Coffee Break and Exhibits
10:15 AM

Panel Discussion – The Technological and Political Future of Manufacturing in California

  Moderator: Dorothy Rothrock, CMTA
  Paul Granillo, IEEP

Roy Paulson, Paulson Manufacturing


Flynn Sears, Goodyear Rubber Company


Todd Boppell, National Association of Manufacturers (NAM)

11:15 AM Break/ Exhibits 
11:30 AM Lunch is served
12:15 PM Innovation Awards – Lisa Anderson Awards Chair
12:45 PM Keynote Speaker – Garry Ridge, President and CEO WD-40 Company
2:00 PM Closing


Keynote Speaker Garry Ridge, President and CEO WD-40 Company.

Expert Panel on Technological and Political Future of Manufacturing with

Dorothy Rothrock, President CMTA
Legislative issues facing California
Todd Boppell, COO National Association of Manufacturers (NAM)
National impact of the new administration on manufacturing
Flynn Sears, Goodyear Rubber
How Cyber Attacks impact your business
Roy Paulson, President, Paulson Manufacturing Corp.
Manufacturers experiences with minimum wage and trade issues
Paul Granillo, President and CEO,  IEEP
On local economic data

Micro Burst Sessions :

John McGloughlin, CEO, GuardSight, on Cyber Security Threats and Risks for Manufacturers, including a live hacking demonstration.
Scott Melton, FANUC America, on Robotics and Automation, the Impact on Manufacturing.
Innovation Awards for Manufacturers and Student Teams 
Enlarged Vendor Exhibit Area
Made in the Inland Empire Local Manufacturers’ Displays – see all we make here in Southern California
Technology Corner with demonstrations.
Mix and Mingle Coffee Break
Registration and display booths open at 7 a.m.

E=mc² Innovation Awards

During each annual Summit, Innovation Awards  are presented to local manufacturers who demonstrate the most innovation in improving resource or energy efficiency; employment and workforce issues; and effective marketing. The trophy represents manufacturing at its best — with an elegant design, created with skilled craftsmanship. 2016 winners were: Celestica, Ontario, CA; Phenix Technology, Inc., Riverside, CA; and Newport Cottages. Read about their innovations here:

Made in the I.E. Exhibits

Display space is provided at no cost 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 for the event.

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Become a Sponsor of the Summit

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.