What A Year!

SVMI was launched October 31, 2017 at a meeting of manufacturers at the Sutter Club. From that meeting, a vision was born to build the manufacturing community by working 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.

Over the past 12 months (actually 9 months) SVMI has been busy!

Business owners have rekindled and/or developed relationships with other local manufacturers through ‘Business to Business’ activities. Working together on SVMI sponsored projects, 40+ manufacturers have been touched.

Student Outreach Exceeds 450

By Steve Dicus
SMVI has touched 450 students with a range of activities including:

  • Engaging local educational decision makers and administrators – with presentations about the value of manufacturing to the local economy and the need we have for them to provide a qualified and trained workforce. 30+ people were involved.
  • Training provided to classroom instructors, which has supported the school’s manufacturing programs by increased participation on advisory boards, assistance with curriculum development, letters of support for school facility improvement grant funding: 14 instructors benefited.

The rising generation of students have witnessed what the 21st century manufacturing facility and associated careers currently are, by hearing classroom presentations from local manufacturers, participation in career fairs, and walking on the shop floor with a knowledgeable manufacturing expert as their guide.

Siemens Student Outreach


By Kevin McGrew
Siemens employees visited local high schools to talk about careers in manufacturing as part of Sacramento Manufacturing Month. We brought a team of some of our younger manufacturing experts to present what they did and how they got to where they are.

We were at Laguna Creek High School Career Technical Education classroom on Wednesday, October 17, 2018. On Thursday we were in Florin High School with Michael Rosales Engineering classroom. Both Rob Haworth, LCHS Instructor, and Michael Rosales, FHS Instructor, participated in the “Train the Trainer” program last summer at Siemens where they received updated training on career skills in areas like computer modeling and welding.

Bill Giovannetti, Elk Grove USD College and Career Connections coordinator, was present at LCHS event and said, “It is great to have Siemens experts demonstrate the broad array of skills necessary to build high tech equipment like their trains.”

Rob Haworth said “It is very helpful for our students to see that not everyone has a complete career plan coming out of high school. Many roads lead to manufacturing.”

Student Manufacturing Participants
Layvonna Hayes, truck frame machining.
Artur Mokrushin, Testing
Marcos Navarro, Engineering
Dusty Gallaway, Supplier Quality Management
Brandon Beattie, Welding Inspection
Sam Villegas, Human Resources

Manufacturing Month Sparks Community Support

During the October manufacturing month celebration nine local communities and their civic leaders endorsed proclamations that both support and recognize the value that local manufacturing businesses bring to their communities. Here, the City of Rancho Cordova presents its proclamation to Joe Wernette, CEO of Tri Tool.


CERATIZIT Tour Showcases Regional Manufacturing Strength

By Tim Schaefer
The October 5th Manufacturing Day tour at CERATIZIT Sacramento was a huge success. The tour began with greeting our guests in our conference room for Introductions and a presentation of CERATIZIT’s Manufacturing operations as well as CERATIZIT’s roll supporting area Manufacturers. CERATIZIT’s products touch almost every manufacturing operation in the United States and the world.

Most people on the tour had no idea what an End Mill is. If you think about it our products are used in almost every manufacturing operation, here are a few examples; automotive, computer, eye glasses, medical implants, ocean exploration, power generation, space exploration and even zoological enclosures.

At the conclusion of the tour we discussed legislative impacts on manufacturing and the important consideration to allocation of resources to keeping the manufacturing economy humming along.

CERATIZIT Sacramento thanks all of the public officials who toured our facility:

Annaly Mendoza (for Senator Harris)
Congressman Ami Bera
Sergio Robles (Bera Staff)
Matthew Ceccato (Bera Staff)
Sacramento County Supervisor Don Nottoli
Rancho Cordova Council Members, McGarvey, Terry and Gatewood
Rancho Cordova City Manager Cyrus Abhar
Economic Development Dept, Director Curt Haven, Amanda Norton and Meghan Huber
Citrus Heights Mayor Steve Miller
Congressional Candidate Andrew Grant

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