March Digital Whistle


March Digital Whistle

Sponsors wanted –

For the Manufacturing Careers Charity Golf

Show off your brand while you give to a great cause!

Be seen by manufacturers and other businesses as you show that you care through your support of the Manufacturers’ Council, a 501 (3) non-profit.

Through your generous sponsorships, you enable the MCIE to continue its work which includes reaching out to students, their parents, and the public at large with the message that skilled trade workers have rewarding career opportunities available. In addition, this event funding will also provide scholarships to students who are enrolled in manufacturing pathway programs.

We have a range of named sponsorship and are also happy to accept items for raffle baskets and silent auctions.

For more information about how you can support local manufacturing careers, visit

Learn How to Expand your Business Through Exporting

Just 2 hours in 4 Virtual Training Sessions in April will help you assess the possibilities and give you a plan.

The program is offered through SIDO (State International Development Organization) working in collaboration with the Department of Commerce to small to medium-sized manufacturers who want to develop an export plan and strategy.

California GO-Biz will reimburse approved California small businesses for 100% of the registration costs upon receipt of the Certification of Completion.

Tuesday sessions start April 9, at 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. PDT. Registration deadline is April 3.

For more information, visit If you are interested in reimbursement for the training, please submit an application form: before April 1.

If you can’t make this on, but want to consider future events, email Elizabeth Glynn at [email protected].

Church and Dwight Event

On March 19, 2024, Church & Dwight in Victorville held a Ribbon Cutting & Expansion Project Ceremony in partnership with the Manufacturers’ Council of the Inland Empire, (MCIE) and the Greater High Desert Chamber of Commerce.

Church & Dwight, known for their Arm & Hammer brand of products, opened their doors to the community to share in the celebration of their new production line and building expansion. Roughly 70 people were there to help celebrate. A great time was had by all.

Pictured here from left to right are, MCIE Executive Director Molly Burgess, Church & Dwight Plant HR Manager/HRBP, Kim Gooden, and MCIE Director, Development & Strategic Partnerships, Sandra Sisco.

Events & Membership Updates

  • What’s new with you and your business? MCIE will be featuring local manufacturers on social media. Want to be included? Contact us at [email protected] to be featured.


  • (Mar 26) – A cargo vessel crashed into the Francis Scott Key Bridge in the Port of Baltimore early Tuesday after the vessel had a “complete blackout” that cut power to the engines and control equipment. Baltimore, while not one of the largest ports on the Atlantic seaboard, is a critical specialty port, including one of the largest in roll-on-roll-off cargo like automobiles and vehicles. The bridge collapse also interrupts operations of the Domino Sugar refinery, the largest refinery in the US working primarily with imported sources of sugar. Statements indicate that cargo will be re-routed to New York-New Jersey and to Norfolk, but the removal of this capacity could place the import-export system at higher risk of interruption should other strains occur. (The New York Times)

Economic Update

  • (Mar 11) – Unemployment rate rose from 3.7% to 3.9% in February as payrolls increased by 275K across education, health care, hospitality, and social assistance. Construction rose, but manufacturing realized a net decline. It is expected that gains in payrolls are due in part to seasonality, namely the end of cold weather. (JP Morgan)
  • (Mar 22) – California’s unemployment rate is now the highest in the country at 5.3% in February, and numbers were unavailable last month as the Federal Government had to revise jobs numbers downward for California at the beginning of the year. While initial data indicated from September 2022 to September 2023 showed the state had gained 300K jobs, numbers were revised downward to 50K during that period. (Associated Press)
  • (Mar 11) – 2023 CPI numbers for the Riverside Metropolitan Area, with numbers coming in for 2.9% for the year. Higher prices in shelter, education, apparel, and communication were offset by lower energy prices, in particular natural gas. The index excluding food and energy increased 4.4% over the year. (Bureau of Labor Statistics)

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