Manufacturing Summit will take place April 26 in Ontario

The 5th annual Manufacturing Summit, scheduled for Tuesday, April 26 at the Ontario Convention Center, will provide speakers and breakout sessions aimed at informing manufacturers on topics relevant to all levels of their companies.

“We have a lot planned and recommend you get there early so that you don’t miss the opening show,” said Debbie Smith, 2016 summit chair.


The morning keynote speaker will be best-selling author Ryan Holiday, followed by informative breakout sessions (including one for college students) and a colorful exhibit.

"The Manufacturing Summit provides the opportunity for industry stakeholders to convene to showcase and share important trends and advancements in the manufacturing sector," said San Bernardino County Workforce Development Board Executive Director Sandy Harmsen. "Manufacturing is critical in improving and sustaining a vibrant economy, and the Workforce Development Board continues to provide support to help existing manufacturers succeed, and to connect them with qualified job seekers."

The luncheon keynote speaker will be Garner Holt of Garner Holt Productions (GHP), a leader in the design and manufacture of animatronic figures. He will speak on how he started his business and utilizes technology in manufacturing.

GHP is known for show and ride systems, show action equipment, special effects, and sets and scenery, and has built nearly 5,000 animatronics characters. Almost 500 of the figures were created for Disney theme parks around the world. GPH will be bringing a 12’ high, life-sized Raptor dinosaur to the event.

The information-packed day will also include a large Exhibit Hall for manufacturers, distributors and suppliers to manufacturers.

“We know manufacturers are busy people, so we have tried to pack a full day experience into a six hour event,” said Rod Hoover of California Steel Industries. “We start early, at 7 a.m., and end about 2 p.m.”

The summit has sold out for the last four years, with 600 to 800 people expected at the 2016 event.

Information for registration can be found at or by emailing

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