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RCMEA SWC celebrates Manufacturing Month with recognitions, a reception, exhibits

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More than 60 people participated in the celebration of Manufacturing Month at the final October event sponsored by the Riverside County Manufacturers and Exporters Association South West Cluster (RCMEA SWC).

The event was hosted by the city of Murrieta at the Murrieta Innovation Center with 12 exhibitors, including student groups from Murrieta high schools, a variety of Murrieta manufacturers and civic organizations.

Both Murrieta Valley and Murrieta Mesa High Schools had their robotics teams demonstrating their working robots that delighted the crowd. These award winning teams captured the attention of all of the participants with their sophisticated robots. David Flores had one of his students from the Student Inventions class at Vista Murrieta High School at the Handle It Corporation booth demonstrating the Handle It invention for trash containers. Mr. Flores' students are learning about the ups and downs of being an entrepreneur from local business experts. James Holmes, the inventor and CEO of Handle It Corporation loves working with the enthusiastic students and hopes they will be inspired to be our next generation of inventors and entrepreneurs.

In addition to Handle It Corp, other local manufacturers showcased their products and services. T3D Systems, Cryoquip, Richie's Precision Machining, and Paulson Manufacturing all had interesting exhibits that keep the crowd involved. University of California Riverside Extension and Cal State San Marcos both provided information on their education programs that help us build the skills needed to expand our manufacturing footprint in the Inland Empire. The City of Murrieta was joined by the San Diego World Trade Center to show their support for the manufacturing sector and business growth.

The formal program included a welcome from Joe Mignone the chair of the RCMEA followed by remarks from Mayor Rick Gibbs of Murrieta and Roy Paulson President of Paulson Manufacturing. Both Mayor Gibbs and Mr. Paulson recognized the contributions of the participants to the economic growth for the Inland Empire. The Guest speaker for the event was Dave Lehmann PhD retired Vice President of Solar Turbines-Caterpillar. Mr. Lehmann addressed the myth that "you can't create a successful manufacturing company in California". He shared many of his experiences in starting a manufacturing business here in California and admonished the group to focus on the goal "begin with the end in mind". He demonstrated how with a strong team of employees that focused on making things work, he created a highly successful manufacturing business in California. The group was inspired by his message and gave him a rousing round of applause at the conclusion of the presentation.

The last portion of the program was the recognition for support of manufacturing and the RCMEA SWC. Mayor Gibbs presided over the presentation of awards from both Senator Joel Anderson and Assemblywoman Melissa Menedez. Then Joe Mignone distributed awards from the RCMEA SWC. Recognition was given to the following individuals and groups: Leticia Cano, Biomarker Profiles; Barbara Hannibal, T3D Systems; Chris Kuran, Waterstone; Larry Campbell, Suhr/JS Technologies; Patrick Billman, Cryoquip; Roy Paulson, Paulson Manufacturing; George Bennett, Valley Innovators; Joe Mignone, JFM Global Associates; Rebecah Goldware and Susan Almeida, University of California Riverside; Mayor Rick Gibbs, Bruce Coleman and Kimberly Davidson, City of Murrieta; Patrick Ellis, Murrieta Chamber of Commerce; Donna Brenner, San Diego Daily Transcript; Tom Freeman and Richard Dozier, Riverside County Office of Foreign Trade; Joanna Olsen, Olsen Global Consulting; Pete Matus, Murrieta Mesa High School.; Kevin Bradley, Bryce Longacre and the Murrieta Valley High School Robotics Teams, Murrieta Valley High School; Brad Cain and Robert Parks, Temescal Canyon High School; and David Flores, Vista Murrieta High School.

This was the final RCMEA SWC October event to celebrate Manufacturing Month in 2013. Please check the RCMEA SWC website for more information about the organization, monthly meetings and additional events planned to support the Manufacturers and Exporters in the Inland Empire. www.southwestcluster.com.

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