Annual Manufacturers’ 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.Each year since the inaugural Summit in 2012, our reach and audience has grown with the 2015 event being the largest to date with nearly 600 ticket holders.
The topic of the 4th annual Inland Empire Manufacturers’ Summit showcased 3D printing and additive technologies and discussed how these innovations will impact the manufacturing landscape in the coming years.
The 2015 Manufacturers’ 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.
Luncheon speaker Charles E. “Gus” Whalen, Jr., Chairman of the Warren Featherbone Foundation presented the remarkable 131 year evolution of the Warren Featherbone Company to the Featherbone Communiversity today and the Association of Communiversities. Whalen is an author, philanthropist and a leading advocate for U.S. manufacturing. He is the founder of the Georgia Manufacturing Appreciation Week, the founder of Featherbone Communiversity, and co-founder and inaugural president of the Association of Communiversities.
Twelve breakout sessions provided attendees the opportunity to discuss solutions to the most pressing issues facing the manufacturing community, including the need to train a skilled workforce to meet the demand of rapid technological change.
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 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. During the 2015 ceremony, awards were presented to Globe Plastics and AMA Plastics for their innovative means of solving the most pressing issues and challenges faced by the local industry.
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.
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.