2017 Manufacturing Summit Workshops

The 2017 Manufacturing Summit is proud to offer the following relevant, contemporary, and practical workshops specifically designed for manufacturers in the San Joaquin Valley.

You spoke and we listened! This year’s line-up was built from your suggestions: the participant and the focus of our efforts. Don’t miss this rare opportunity to gain valuable insight from the industry’s foremost leading experts. We’ve covered the bases, with keynote speakers and breakout sessions exploring everything from the present state of robotics in manufacturing to a growing demand for highly skilled, career-ready college graduates.

EDUCATION: Career Technical Education (CTE) - How We Are Creating a Resume Ready Workforce

Workshop Summary: Join us in this 'educational' session on the Career Technical Education programs offered at our Central Valley high schools, community colleges, and private technical colleges aimed at preparing those entering the manufacturing industry. Learn about the range of offerings and how you can connect with institutions nearest to you to recruit for your workforce pipeline. This session will include a variety of presentations and networking time.

Panel Members Include:

TAXES: Improving the Bottom-Line - Current Tax Incentives and Opportunities

Workshop Summary: This panel will provide information on a variety of tax incentives, tax credits, and programs available to participants looking to bolster their workforce and lower their cost of operations. Attendees will be given a competitive edge whether they are existing manufacturers or looking to get into the industry. Local manufacturing support organizations will be available to provide guidance and direction.

Panel Members Include:

HUMAN RESOURCES: HR Roundtable - Identifying Today's Issues Facing Manufacturers

Workshop Summary: Local human resource experts share the latest trends in staffing, hiring, and recruiting strategies designed to provide manufacturing companies high quality employees.

Panel Members Include:

  • Moderator: Kathy Bray, Denham Resources
  • Sean Alviso, Netafim USA
  • Pat Gordon, JBT FoodTech
  • Keith Kelly, Guardian Industries
  • Amber Lang, Duncan Enterprises
  • Adrienne Vanderberg, Central California Blood Center
TRAINING: Central Valley Sling Shot

Workshop Summary: The Central Valley Slingshot is a Workforce Development Board funded regional manufacturing initiative designed to increase income mobility, better meet labor market needs, and leverage parallel efforts of community college, organized labor, employer, workforce development boards, and state universities. This is all with the goal of better preparing our valley residents for employment in high-growth industrial sectors that concretely benefit both the individual worker and the overall local economy. The session will detail past, continuing, and future initiatives to build a field-ready pipeline of field-ready workers.

Panel Members Include:

QUALITY: The 20 Keys to Manufacturing Excellence

Workshop Summary: This particular manufacturing code is very similar to Lean/Six Sigma... but it is broken in to 20 manageable, actionable pieces that the floor factory worker can understand and follow... less "theory" and more "practicality".

Speaker: | Eliot Dratch, California Manufacturing Technology Consulting (CMTC)

TRAINING: Employment Training Panel (ETP) Grants - How to Provide Cost Effective Training

Workshop Summary: This session will explain this state-funded training program, including an overview of the program and process, detailed information about the application, the types of training that are reimbursable, the administrative aspects of the program and general rules and structure of the training plan requirements.

The panel will include a manufacturing company that has applied for funding and contracted with ETP to discuss their program experience and how the program affected the company. A community college representative will discuss how colleges partner with ETP to utilize the program to help local employers meet training needs and how they may be able to help with your training. Attendance at this session will prepare you to apply for a training agreement or assist in determining if ETP is right for your company.

Panel Members Include:

ENERGY: What Can We Do to Better Manage Energy Cost in the San Joaquin Valley

Workshop Summary: Various speakers on the different options and programs to manage energy for the manufacturing environment.

Panel Members Include:

  • Moderator: Mike Nemat, Nemat, Inc.
  • Rob Brown, Graybar
  • Peter Grabell, Figtree Financing
  • Aki Luukkainen, Consulate General of Finland
  • Russ Teall, Biodico
HUMAN RESOURCES: How to Protect Your Company Against Employee Lawsuits

Workshop Summary: One employee lawsuit can ruin your business. Learn from the experts on how to ensure your company takes the necessary steps to defend and prevent employee lawsuits. Avoid wage and hour mistakes, learn to document employee interactions like an expert, discrimination and harassment basics, and know your rights as an employer.

Speakers: Michelle Littlewood, CoreHR and Denise Wilson, CoreHR

STRATEGY: Relocating Your Manufacturing Company to the San Joaquin Valley

Workshop Summary: Learn from local EDC professionals representing Fresno, Madera, Tulare and Merced Counties about programs, grants, and enhancements to why you should relocate or establish your company in their responsive county. We challenge our EDC professionals to give their best "elevator pitch" on why you should relocate your business to their respective county/city.

Panel Members Include:

MANUFACTURING: Additive Manufacturing - The Evolution of 3D Printing

Workshop Summary: Robotics and 3D experts share the practical use of robotics and what you should know before you decide to invest. Chris Wentworth will be accompanied by various vendors performing demonstrations of 3D printers.

Speaker: | Chris Wentworth, California Manufacturing Technology Consulting (CMTC)

FINANCE: Whats My Business Worth & How to Increase its Value

Workshop Summary: This panel will provide information on determining the value of your business including:

  • How business value is determined including valuation methods and premise of value; fair market value and investment value
  • Preparing your business for sale to a key employee or a third party
  • Six steps to take today to increase the value of your business on eventual sale
  • How businesses are marketed for sale and what type of buyers can you expect to find
  • Tax savings strategies when selling your business
  • What does the Merger & Acquisition process look like

This session will include a Q&A session.

Panel Members Include:

  • Moderator: Bill Roeser, Tioga Advisors Corp
  • Ray Medrano, Roeser Accountancy Corporation
  • Todd Warner, Tioga Advisors Corp
DIVERSITY: Women in Manufacturing - Celebrating Success and Challenges for Women in Manufacturing

Workshop Summary: Panel members will share their stories about the path and challenges to leading a manufacturing based company in the 21st Century.

Panel Members Include:

ENTERPRISE SYSTEM: Cyber Security - Think You Know the Threat? Think Again!

Workshop Summary: Cyber security was once a topic relegated to the large corporate giants who seemed to be the only businesses under attack. After all, why would anyone want to attack a small business? Times have changed and the data is pointing to an alarming new trend that indicates today's small and medium sized manufacturers are at the greatest risk of attack - and the trend is not slowing. Find out what measures are being taken to quell this alarming and costly new trend.

Speaker: | Chris Buthe, California Manufacturing Technology Consulting (CMTC)

Sponsored By: SAP-Randy McKinley

LOGISTICS & TRADE: From Domestic to International - How to Sell Your Product Around the Globe

Workshop Summary: Making the jump from domestic sales to international can seem daunting - which results in many companies to never take this crucial step. But it doesn't have to be this way - in fact, it can be both fun and rewarding...we will show you how.

Panel Members Include:

LEADERSHIP: Destination Excellence - The Strength-Based Leadership Approach

Workshop Summary: The most successful leaders focus on building their teams around strengths instead of the deficit focus on shoring up weakness. They identify where talent is within themselves and the teams they lead, and find ways to aim and develop those strengths while managing around weakness. The Strengths-Based Development process is rooted in the StrengthsFinder assessment, grounded in decades of Gallup's research. Studies consistently find that Strengths-Based organizations, receiving regular Strengths feedback, are far more productive and profitable. They enjoy significantly higher employee engagement levels, and lower employee turnover rates.

Format: Speaker | Darren Virassammy, Co-Founder and COO, 34 Strong, Inc.

SAFETY: Marijuana in the Workplace - What it Means for Employers

Workshop Summary: In this session we will briefly cover WCIRB changes that affect First Aid claims and Ex Mod Calculations. We will focus more closely on what employers, industrial medical providers and insurance companies are facing as a result of the recent legalization of marijuana in California.

  • What are the trends (so far)
  • What are the dangers
  • What can and should employers do to ensure a safe work site and reduce exposure to litigation

Panel Members Include:

DESIGN: Design & Manufacturing in the Anthropocene

Workshop Summary: That we humans build or manufacture within a region is certainly essential for that region's vitality and stability. However, in this day and age, it behooves us to keep in mind the far horizon. In a future of our own creation, we should carefully reconsider what to build, how to build, and who will do the building (robots or humans)? The age we find ourselves in is what geologists are now calling the 'Age of Anthropocene' or 'Age of Humans'. This is a new epoch, where modern, sophisticated technologies are, without doubt, having a global impact. They threaten to overpower natural landscapes, disrupt stable climate patterns, and overwhelm most people of modest means.

Our small company has under development a regionally manufactured car design that promises to dramatically ease this overall impact, while offering deeper appeal than its fashionable automotive counterparts. Within this workshop, we hope to illustrate our approach, using our car as just one example of a way of creating and building that allows people to achieve a better 'fit' within the regional landscapes that sustain them. Our company is KOR EcoLogic Inc., our car is called URBEE. Please visit our website: urbee.net

Speaker: | Jim Kor, Kor EcoLogic Inc.

TRAINING: Apprenticeship Programs - How to Build an Effective Apprenticeship Program

Workshop Summary: A panel consisting of representatives from local Manufacturers, Apprenticeship Programs and Division of Apprenticeship Standards will discuss the advantages and challenges of developing a structured apprenticeship program at your facility.

Panel Members Include:

INNOVATION: Innovative Practices in Manufacturing - Step by Step ERP Selection and Implementation

Workshop Summary: Learn from a California Manufacturing Technology Consulting (CMTC) representative, a recognized expert in innovative manufacturing practices.

Speaker: | Bob Gilson, California Manufacturing Technology Consulting (CMTC)

FINANCE: Manufacturing Costing for the Small and Medium Size Companies

Workshop Summary: Executives of small to medium sized companies seeking a better understanding of manufacturing cost elements and the varying impact of applying direct, fully absorbed and ABC costing methods to financial statements and pricing models should run, not walk, to this interactive workshop.

Topics Include: Gross Margin vs Mark Up, Overhead Absorption, Activity Based Costing, and how costing should contribute to pricing.

Speaker: | Marcus Shiveley, Waterman Industries

VETERANS: Today's Veterans - Why You Should Be Hiring

Workshop Summary: Veteran representatives share why you should be hiring veterans and the competitive advantage.

Speaker: | Lorenzo Rios, Clovis Veterans Memorial District

ENGINEERING: Lyles College of Engineering - Joint Project Initiative & VIP Program

Workshop Summary: Facilitated by Professor Walter Mizuno, attendees will learn how to access the talent at the Lyles College of Engineering at Fresno State for various technical projects focused on mechanical and manufacturing engineering. Additionally, attendees will learn more about the VIP Program, a premiere engineering internship program in the Central Valley.

Panel Members Include:

  • Moderator: Ram Nunna, Fresno State
  • Walter Mizuno, Fresno State
  • Steve Weakland, Fresno State

*Special Education Series

MANUFACTURING: Robotics and their Impact on Manufacturing and New Collaborative Technology

Workshop Summary:This presentation will focus on how companies who embrace automation, use lean manufacturing processes, and reduce production costs while improving quality will win the race in the global market. With robots and automation, it's possible to restructure manufacturing with higher value-added jobs. Several case studies will be presented. New Collaborative robots can operate in cooperation with or alongside humans in a shared workspace without safety fences or sensors which open up new application for industrial robots. The robot stops safely when it comes in contact with the human operators. This technology is avilable today to be implemented in manufacturing and processing firms.

Speaker: | Anthony Valera, FANUC America

TECHNOLOGY: The Industrial Revolution 4.0 - Automation and Information Systems



Format: Lecture

Instructor: Julio Velasco, Industrial Automation Group

Course Description: A one-day seminar summarizing the core principals of a "Smart Factory." Topics include: Industrial Controls System, Automation, I/O Systems, Industrial Communication Protocols, Human Machine Interfaces (HMI) and Supervisory and Data Acquisition Systems (SCADA). This course is designed for plant maintenance/engineers personnel and other technicians who aspire to broaden their understanding of industrial control fundamentals. This is an introduction to Programmable Logic Controllers (PLCs) used in industrial environments including basic concepts, programming, applications, ladder logic communicating with devices.

Workshop Details: Workshop includes hands-on experience connecting programming a CompactLogix PLC, a HMI and setting up a simple SCADA system and designing a basic project using High Performance HMI principals and rapid application development tools.

End of Course Learning Outcomes: The attendee will be able to explain terminology, configure and control I/O, predict PLC operation based on and ladder logic diagrams, and program a PLC to perform various control functions.

Recommended Prerequisites:

  • Basic Computer Literacy
  • Basic Logic Programming Knowledge
  • Basic Controls Fundamentals
*DMIG-U Safety Series: OSHA 10 - General Industry Course


DMIG-U Safety Series: OSHA 10 - General Industry Course

Der Manouel Insurance Group, in partnership with the San Joaquin Valley Manufacturing Alliance, invites you, as an attendee of the Central Valley Manufacturing Summit, to attend our 2-day OSHA-10 General Industry Certification Course. Presented by Ted R. Leavitt BS, OHS of Boretti Inc., this course is designed to hone applied safety skill in the field to comply with appropriate regulations and reduce loss exposures and related costs.

  • Introduction to OSHA
  • Electrical
  • Hazardous Materials
  • Machine Guarding
  • Ergonomics
  • Exit Routes, Emergency Action Plans, Fire Prevention Plans, and Fire Protection
  • Walking and Working Surfaces
  • Hazard Communication
  • Personal Protective Equipment
  • Materials Handling
  • Bloodborne Pathogens
  • Fall Protection