U.S. Assistant Secretary of Commerce to Address Southern California Manufacturers

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Mr. Albert Frink, U.S. Assistant Secretary of Commerce will be the key-note speaker at the "Successful Strategies for Competing in a Low-Cost Manufacturing World" event.

Mr. Albert Frink, Assistant Secretary of Commerce will be the featured speaker at the first ever "Successful Strategies for Competing in a Low-Cost Manufacturing World" event on Thursday, October 6, 2005 at the Pacific Palms Resort in Industry Hills, California. The 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 "Successful Strategies for Competing in a Low-Cost Manufacturing World" event is the first of its kind for Southern California. The event was designed to address the growing concerns of California manufacturers. Those concerns include contending with overseas competition and continually increasing workers compensation costs plus identifying best practices for manufacturers.

Twenty-five hand picked 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 Barry Sedlik, Undersecretary of California, Business, Transportation & Housing Agency. To register for the event call 310-263-3060 or register on line at registration@cmtc.com. The cost is $89.00 per person and space is extremely limited.

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.

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