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.
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. 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.Tackett’s experience in additive technologies spans 18 years and he is regarded as a leading expert in the field. He has extensive knowledge of other technical skills, including CAD/CAM software, platform network integration, and Internet and Intranet development. Prior to his position with Rapid Tech he was the director of Saddleback College.
Luncheon speaker Charles E. “Gus” Whalen, Jr., Chairman of the Warren Featherbone Foundation, will return to the Summit to speak for the second time since 2013. His presentation will cover the remarkable 131year 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.
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
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.