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Riverside County Manufacturers and Exporters Association South West Cluster celebrates 'Manufacturing Month'

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In conjunction with National Manufacturing Day Oct. 4, the Riverside County Manufacturers and Exporters Association, South West Cluster held the first of three events on Tuesday, Oct. 1, titled "Re-Shoring for Exporting".

This presentation and roundtable event was held at the facility of Continental East Development Inc., in Murrieta, Calif. More than 50 participants were in attendance for the event, which featured a variety of speakers discussing how to bring back manufacturing and services America to strengthen and grow our Local Communities.

The morning began with a presentation by Uwe Janssen, Chairman and CEO of IBA Global, who spoke on how re-shoring is a key option for Manufacturers as they examine their product life cycle. Mr. Janssen shared his experiences in the international arena and stressed the importance of re-examination of the true costs associated with off- shore compared to re-shoring manufacturing and the need to have a strategy in place for each product being considered.

The audience then heard from two local manufacturers JS Technologies and DUI who have re-shored their products to achieve a higher level of quality and Intellectual Property(IP) security for their company. Larry Campbell, the Director of Corporate Strategy for JS Technologies discussed his experience trying to work with Chinese manufacturers for production of their Suhr Guitars. These high end products required a much higher level of quality than the Chinese partners could provide. A similar story was shared by Susan Long, President and CEO, Diving Unlimited International. This 50 year old family business, manufactures high end diving dry suits and they also have re-shored their products from China due to quality and other issues. Both companies have the reputation in their respective industries for innovative and high quality products. They have both re-shored their manufacturing and have satisfied customers who are happy they did.

The final event was a panel discussion moderated by George Chamberlin, executive dditor of The Daily Transcript, an award winning business publication and San Diego's No. 1 news site. Mr. Chamberlin engaged the panelists in a discussion regarding the challenges facing manufacturers in the US today. The panelists included; Patrick Billman, Vice President of Cyroquip, Kellie Aamodt, Regional Vice President of Sales for UPS, Larry Campbell, Director of Corporate Strategy for JS Technologies, and Susan Long the President and CEO of Diving Unlimited International. Each of the panelists talked about dealing with the international marketplace and the challenges to find and develop skilled workers for their businesses. The discussion included a lively Q & A session with a great response from the audience. Sponsors for this event: The City of Murrieta, Murrieta Chamber of Commerce, The San Diego Daily Transcript, RKR Marketing & Advertising, Paulson Manufacturing, Continental East Development Inc., and JFM Global Associates.

There are two additional FREE events planned during our month long celebration. The first, on October 17 being a plant tour at Cyroquip, In Murrieta CA., and the second, on October 24 being a Recognition Reception and Exhibits from local Manufacturers with guest speaker-Michele Nash-Hoff author of the book "Can Manufacturing be Saved? Why we should and how we can."

For additional information regarding these two events and to register to attend these free events please visit our website www.southwestcluster.org.

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