Executive Director of California Metals Coalition to Speak at Southern California Manufacturers Conference

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Mr. James Simonelli just added as a key speaker at the "Successful Strategies for Competing in a Low-Cost Manufacturing World" event. Mr. Simonelli will be discussing his findings after a recent trip to China. His primary goal for the trip was to explore and better understand the manufacturing process in China and how it affects U.S. manufacturing.

Mr. James Simonelli, Executive Director of the California Metals Coalition will be a key speaker at the "Successful Strategies for Competing in a Low-Cost Manufacturing World" event. The event will be held Thursday, October 6, 2005 at the Pacific Palms Resort in Industry Hills, California. Mr. Simonelli is scheduled to present his findings on his most recent trip to China. Mr. Simonelli met with high ranking Chinese government officials, as well as visited prominent Chinese manufacturing facilities to better understand the increased level of competition between the U.S. and China.

Mr. Simonelli is no stranger to California or manufacturing. As Executive Director of The California Metals Coalition (CMC), Mr. Simonelli and the CMC lobby for and pursue the common goals and interests of California's metalworking companies within the state. The CMC works on issues related to legislation, regulations, grassroots politics and other governmental and public affairs issues affecting metalworking companies.

"We are pleased that Mr. Simonelli will be speaking at the event" says Mr. Jim Watson, Vice President of Consulting Services for California Manufacturing Technology Consulting, a non-profit consulting firm that focuses on the needs of California's manufacturers and a sponsor of the event. "We are anxious to learn about Mr. Simonelli's recent trip to China," continues Mr. Watson.

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 include Mr. Al Frink, U.S. Assistant Secretary of Commerce, Mr. Barry Sedlik, Undersecretary of California, Business, Transportation & Housing Agency. To register for the event, call 310-263-3009. The cost is $89.00 per person and space is extremely limited and filling up quickly.

The event hosts include CMTC and Developing Knowledge in Manufacturing (DKM). DKM Inc., in business in Los Angeles since 1990, provides best business practice consulting to mid-market manufacturing companies in the areas of IT, operations, finance, customer service and supply chain management.

About Developing Knowledge in Manufacturing, Inc.:

DKM Inc., in business in Los Angeles since 1990, provides best business practice consulting to mid-market manufacturing companies in the areas of IT, operations, finance, customer service and supply chain management. DKM encourages the use of standard ERP, CRM and SCM functionality, as found in leading mid-market solutions like MAPICS, Syteline and Salesforce.com, to help companies achieve superior results. DKM's clients include Semtech, Senior Aerospace, Transdigm Industries, and Goodrich Corporation. For more information, please visit http://www.dkminc.com

About California Manufacturing Technology Consulting:

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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Michelle Wolloff

Full Mix Marketing

310-213-4829

Chris Allen

CMTC

310-263-3018

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