Assistant Secretary for Manufacturing and Services to Address Attendees of the “Made in California” Conference

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Mr. Albert Frink, Assistant Secretary of Manufacturing and Services for the U.S. Department of Commerce will be a featured speakers at the first-ever Â?Made in CaliforniaÂ? Conference

Mr. Albert Frink, Assistant Secretary of Manufacturing and Services for the U.S. Department of Commerce will be one of the featured speakers at the first-ever “Made in California” Conference on Friday, December 3, 2004 at the Hilton Palm Spring Resort in Palm Springs, California. Assistant Secretary will discuss the Bush Administration’s manufacturing initiative.

Mr. Frink is no stranger to California or manufacturing. Before assuming his new role with the Commerce Department he was a carpet manufacturing executive and co-founder of the Santa Ana, California-based Fabrica Carpets, now a unit of Dixie Group Inc. “We are extremely pleased that Mr. Frink has accepted our invitation”, says Mr. David Braunstein, President and CEO of California Manufacturing Technology Consulting, a non-profit, consulting firm that focuses on the needs of California’s manufacturers and a sponsor of the event. Mr. Frink understands the issues facing our manufacturers and we believe the information he will provide will be invaluable”.

The Made in California Conference is the first of its kind for the state. Manufacturers and Government agencies will come together to voice their concerns and discuss ways to lower the costs associated with manufacturing in the state.

Over 300 manufacturers, economic development leaders and state dignitaries from across Southern California will come together to share ways for overcoming hurdles associated with manufacturing in California and competing globally.

Other speakers at the day-long event will be Mr. Mark Mosher, Executive Director of the California Commission for Jobs and Economic Growth and Barry Sedlik, Undersecretary, Business Transportation & Housing Agency. Sessions range from improving energy efficiency and competitiveness in the global marketplace to benchmarking performance and planning for economic expansion.

Additional speakers include Mr. John Ratzenberger, host of Discovery Channel’s Made in America; Mr. John Brandt, Founder and CEO of the Manufacturing Performance Institute; and Mr. Art Smalley, author and faculty member with the Lean Enterprise Institute.

The “Made in California” conference is a partnership between the California Center for Border and Regional Economic Studies, San Diego State University, California Manufacturing Technology Consulting (CMTC) and the U.S. Department of Commerce Economic Development Administration.

About the event sponsors:

The mission of the California Center for Border and Regional Economic Studies, San Diego State University, is to inform public and private decision makers of demographic, economic and social trends in the Western U.S., Imperial County – Mexican Border region. For more information please visit our web site http://www.ccbres.sdsu.edu.

California Manufacturing Technology Consulting (CMTC) provides consulting services in the practice areas of Strategic Business, Lean Enterprise, Information Technology, Quality Management, Supply Chain Management and Small Business Improvement. CMTC is a private nonprofit corporation supported through the cooperative agreements of the NIST Manufacturing Extension Partnership and California’s Business, Transportation & Housing Agency’s Manufacturing Technology Program. For more information, visit http://www.cmtc.com.

To register for the event or for more information, please visit http://www.ccbres.sdsu.edu or call 760-768-5510.

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