May Digital Whistle


May Digital Whistle

Thursday, June 27, 2024

Happy Hour Event

4 p.m to 5 p.m.

On Zoom meeting featuring:

Robert Spiegel (pictured left)

Vice President, Government Relations and

Laurence Gayden (pictured right)

Policy Director of California Manufacturers & Technology Association (CMTA)

Legislative Update:

For over ten years, the Manufacturers’ Council has relied on CMTA to provide us with information on regulatory and legislative issues.  The CMTA works to improve and enhance a strong business climate for California’s 30,000 manufacturing, processing and technology-based companies.

Bring your own snacks and beverage and join us for an after-work event.

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CMTA’s Makers/Breakers List: For information on pro’s and con’s of current bills, please visit: (Current as of Thursday, May 30, 2024)

Monday. June 3, 2024,

MCIE’s Manufacturing Careers Charity Golf Tournament

It’s sold out!

You can still donate to the to the MCIE Scholarship Fund, a 501 c3 Non-profit fund to assist students working toward careers in manufacturing.

To donate contact Molly at [email protected].

Plan to join us next year!

Tuesday, June 4, 2024

CMTC Cybersecurity Training Series: Incident Reporting & Incident Response Readiness

10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. (Tuesday and Thursday Series)

With support from the DoD, CMTC is offering a series of no-cost Cybersecurity Trainings for executives, operations, and IT. Starting May 21st and ending June 27th, the trainings will be delivered on Tuesdays and Thursdays @ 10:00 – 11:30 AM PT. Each of the 12 trainings will focus on a specific cybersecurity topic.

Visit here to register:

Tuesday, June 11, 2024 10 a.m. PST,


Navigating a New Era of Manufacturing: Harnessing AI,

hosted by MCIE partner CMTA. To register and for more information, consult this link.

Thursday, June 27, 2024 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. PST

Women In Manufacturing (WiM)  – California Chapter Update

The Manufacturers’ Council is collaborating with Women in Manufacturing (WiM). WiM has grown to be the only national and global trade association dedicated to providing year-round support to women who have chosen a career in the manufacturing industry, WiM encompasses manufacturers of all types and welcomes individuals from every job function – from production to the C-Suite. Contact Debbie at [email protected] for details.

Sarah Johnson, Membership Manager, Women in Manufacturing

Save the Date for

Wednesday, July 24, 2024 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. PDT

Live event in Ontario CA

WiM & MCIE Big Factory Tour and Fun Networking Event

Contact Debbie at [email protected] for details.

Why a Golf Fundraiser?

Did you know that there are over 730 local students in manufacturing-related high school training programs in the High Desert? The Manufacturer’s Council (MCIE) is connecting these talent pipelines to local manufacturers.

Manufacturers and others who sponsor this golf fundraising event will allow us to offer scholarships to students enrolled in manufacturing pathways to help them achieve their educational goals, and to encourage on-going training that will lead to a manufacturing career.

If you would like to contribute to the MCIE Student Scholarship Fund, you can do so at any time by contacting Molly at [email protected].

The Inland Empire region has more than 4,900 manufacturers in San Bernardino and Riverside Counties combined, and many of them have been seeking industrial technicians for years. In fact, this is the reason the Manufacturers’ Council began meeting more than 23 years ago. A group of manufacturers were trying to solve their workforce shortages and other issues, and sought solutions for hiring workers that would be needed to replace a ‘greying’ workforce.

This work resulted in regional union-neutral apprenticeships that address retention and on-going training, supplemented with formal education to help ensure a highly-skilled workforce utilizing the latest industrial automation technologies.

The Manufacturers’ Council strives to keep the manufacturing industry in the ‘limelight’ regionally, in both San Bernardino and Riverside Counties. It can be an overlooked industry as it competes for talent with multiple, better known, career options such as, construction, IT, healthcare, and logistics.

To support the MCIE, and to become a member, visit

For more information on how to connect with union-neutral apprenticeships in our region, or any other questions, please contact us at 909.474.7120.

MCIE Board Member Mike Gallo Passes 

We are sorry to announce that our board member and friend, Michael J. “Mike” Gallo, died April 3, 2024 after a brief illness, and was honored at a memorial on May 14, 2024.

Mike was president and CEO of Kelly Space and Technology in San Bernardino, formed in 1993, as well as Fenix Space, formed in 2016. Prior to that, Mike had been an officer in the U.S. Air Force, and then was a rocket propulsion scientist, working for TRW during the days when the Norton Air Force Base was a huge part of the economy of San Bernardino city and county.

Mike also served on the San Bernardino City Unified School District board from 2011 to 2020 and had a brief stint on the county Board of Education from 2021 to 2022.

With a combination of love for science, industry, business success, and concern for students’ future careers, Mike embodied much of what the MCIE strives to promote. His broad interests helped to earn him a seat at the table of so many organizations. We will long remember our friend and supporter who was a real rocket scientist.

Economic Update

  • (May 6) – The Manufacturers’ Council of the Inland Empire (MCIE) is thrilled to announce its strategic partnership with Norco College aimed at addressing the pressing need for skilled workers in the manufacturing industry. Through this collaboration, MCIE and Norco College seek to engage and inform manufacturers about the outstanding learn and earn programs available at the college. To read more, visit the article on our blog. (Press Release)
  • (May 17) – California added 5,200 non-farm payroll jobs in April and the unemployment rate remained unchanged at 5.3% for a third consecutive month. The State’s unemployment rate is the highest in the country. (Employment Development Department of the State of California)
  • (May 17) – For the Inland Empire, the labor force saw small job growth numbers, The biggest losses fall in Logistics and Leisure and Hospitality, cumulatively accounting for 85% of jobs lost. San Bernardino and Riverside rank 22nd and 23rd of 58 counties in terms of employment, with Imperial County standing at 58th and San Mateo standing at 1st. (IEEP, Claremont McKenna College)

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