Register Now for the SME Manufacturing Expo on Oct. 1

Sacramento manufacturers are planning the SME Manufacturing Expo 2021 on October 1 in Rancho Cordova to connect companies in the region and build the local supply chain. The event coincides with National Manufacturing Day that celebrates the impact of manufacturing on our communities, economies and quality of life. Companies can sign up now as sponsors and exhibitors, and attendee registration is also open at the Mfg Expo event website.

Since 2012, National Manufacturing Day has been held across the county on the first Friday of October, explained Jeff Briggs, regional director, Advanced Manufacturing North Region, California Community Colleges, hosted at Sierra College. “The goal of the SME Expo and National Manufacturing Day is to raise awareness of modern manufacturing’s impact on local communities, bring companies together to address shared challenges and inspire people to pursue well-paid, in-demand advanced manufacturing careers,” said Briggs. “Sierra College, Los Rios and Yuba community college districts as well as many of the regional high schools offer certificates and degrees in design, mechatronics, engineering, welding, making, maintenance and advanced manufacturing that build students’ skills so they can gain entry into this field.”

As a nonprofit organization, SME has served practitioners, companies, educators, government entities and local communities across the manufacturing spectrum for more than 80 years. Companies involved in everything from design and prototypes to finishing and assembly will benefit from attending, according to Larry Lewis, board chair, SME Sacramento Valley. “Sacramento manufacturers produce construction materials, food, vehicles, industrial fuels, electronics and health products that are used locally and shipped globally,” said Lewis. “There are outstanding career opportunities in this industry in sales, production, research, design, engineering and marketing. Many companies are currently hiring so we are encouraging educators, students and those seeking career opportunities in the industry to attend,” said Lewis.

Kevin McGrew, director of quality management, Siemens Mobility, Inc. and president, Sacramento Valley Manufacturing Alliance, will be the keynote speaker. The all-day event, held at the Rancho Cordova City Hall, will include industry panels, eight breakout sessions and time to network with exhibitors and attendees.

The Sacramento region is home to dozens of suppliers of high quality products, parts and manufacturing services that give local manufacturers a competitive advantage, explained Dean Peckham, executive director, Sacramento Valley Manufacturing Alliance. “The SME Manufacturing Expo is a unique opportunity for business leaders to make connections and identify vendors that can quickly produce and source needed materials,” said Peckham. “With worldwide shortages and supply chain disruptions, local connections are more valuable than ever to Sacramento manufacturers.”

Sign up now to exhibit at the SME Manufacturing Expo on October 1, 2021 and to register as an attendee.

Pre-Apprenticeship Program Gains Momentum

The Charles A. Jones (CAJ) Manufacturing Pre-Apprenticeship Program has been evolving for over two years, explained Dean Peckham, Executive Director, Sacramento Valley Manufacturing Alliance (SVMA).
“The CAJ Pre-Apprenticeship Program is just the first step towards the SVMA Apprenticeship Program, leading to credentials as CNC Machinists, Precision Welders, Industrial Maintenance Mechanics, Quality Assurance Technicians, Electromechanical Technicians and Textile Manufacturing Technicians,” said Peckham. “This has been a labor of love for many of us, creating opportunities for adults who may have never heard of manufacturing career pathways until they were introduced to Charles A. Jones.” The most recent cohort from the CAJ Pre-Apprenticeship Program graduated at the end of July.

Check out the orientation events held each Wednesday:

At the CAJ Orientation, you will learn about how to sign up for High School Equivalency preparation classes or Career Education programs.
When: In Person Orientation every Wednesday at 9:15 AM (Except holidays and break periods)
Where: 5451 Lemon Hill Avenue, Sacramento, CA 95824
Who: Anyone interested. Must be 18 years or older to enroll in Adult Education Programs.
No appointment necessary.

Learn more by contacting Mike Bell (916) 432-0741 or go to CAJ.

SVMA Speaker Series Features Garner Products – April 20

The Sacramento Valley Manufacturing Alliance (SVMA) is starting a new Virtual Speaker Series. It is intended to be a platform for manufacturers to showcase their products and services, foster peer to peer collaboration and build knowledge of the local supply chain. Michelle Stofan and Justin Stofan of Garner Products Inc. will be the first featured speakers in the series starting in April. Garner Products Inc. is based in Roseville and designs, manufactures and sells equipment that delivers complete, permanent and verifiable data elimination. Register here for the SVMA Virtual Speaker program on Tuesday, April 20, from 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM. The recorded program is below:

New Manufacturing Apprenticeship Approved

The Department of Labor has approved a new manufacturing apprenticeship program developed by the Sacramento Valley Manufacturing Alliance. The program includes eight levels of apprenticeship competency and combines college coursework with on-the-job training.

The skills include:

Machining Safety Process
CNC Machine Preventive Maintenance
Process Planning
Computer Aided Design
Computer Aided Machining, Turning And Milling
Workholding Design And Qualification
CNC Machine Set-Up
Tool Selection / Special Tool Design
Machine Operation / Prove Program
Secondary Operations Process
Deburring / Finishing Process
Shop Floor Quality Process

Local community college courses will fulfill some of the requirements. Colleges involved include American River College, Consumnes River College, Folsom Lake College, Sacramento City College, Sierra College and Yuba College.

For more information, contact Michael Bell at (916)432-0741 or by email.


SVMI was originally organized by manufacturers in the greater Sacramento region to work with educators and industry partners to proactively develop vocational, educational and workforce initiatives and programs leading to fulfilling manufacturing career paths for our region’s students and workforce. The group recently changed its name from an initiative to the Sacramento Valley Manufacturing Alliance (SVMA) to reflect the maturing organization’s successful partnerships.