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Attendees tour booths at the 2018 Industrial Summit in Tulare. Photo contributed by the South San Joaquin Valley Industrial Collaborative.

published on September 23, 2019 - 10:50 AM
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The South San Joaquin Valley Industrial Collaborative will hold its 3rd Annual Industrial Summit Oct. 3 and 4 in Tulare.

The event, at the Southern California Edison Education Center, 4175 S. Laspina St., is an opportunity for representatives from the Valley’s manufacturing industry, other businesses that support the industry, government agencies, economic development organizations, education and training programs and others to network and get the latest information on what’s happening in manufacturing.

Day one will be comprised of free seminars on topics that include:
– Active shooter: Planning, prevention and response
– Working within the Food Safety and Modernization Act
– Robotics: Industrial applications

Each workshop has limited seating, and registration to guarantee your seat can be done online.

The website also offers a full schedule for both days, and $50 tickets to attend the second day’s events can be purchased there.

The second day will be a full-day event, with vendor booths, keynote speakers, and ten breakout sessions.

The morning’s keynote address will be delivered by Ashley Swearengin, former Fresno mayor and current president and CEO of the Central Valley Community Foundation. She’ll discuss the successes and lessons learned by manufacturers here and what the path looks like for Central Valley manufacturing going forward.

The afternoon keynote address will be delivered by Janet Duliga, chief administrative officer for JOANN Stores, LLC. She works primarily on talent and organizational development, and “in this very low unemployment situation, where every hire matters, she will discuss what hiring and retention practices work,” states a press release from SSJV.

She’ll also share best practices to operationalize the existing research and science that speaks to the myths and realities of recruitment, selection and retentaining talented employees, it continues.

The second day also will include 10 educational and informational breakout sessions on topics that include:
– California employment law update
– Facility security inside and outside the fence
– Economic development update
– Local solutions to your workforce needs
– Business continuity through succession planning
– Five simple steps for developing an apprenticeship program
– Robotics in the Central Valley


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