Manufacturing Technology Consulting® (CMTC) launched its
first Peer Council meeting in Rancho Cucamonga today from 9:00 a.m. -
12:00 p.m. for small manufacturers. On June 18th, an initial
Peer Council will also be held for large manufacturers at Goodyear
Rubber also in Rancho Cucamonga from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Peer
Council meetings are by invitation only and these meetings will
introduce the Peer Council concept to invited manufacturers in the
"The Peer Councils are part of CMTC's commitment to serve the
manufacturing community by providing executives a forum to share
valuable information, discuss common challenges and collaboratively
develop solutions," stated Jim Watson, President and CEO of CMTC.
A Peer Council is a member-driven group of "C-level" manufacturing
executives meeting each month to support, educate and learn from one
another. Each Peer Council consists of eight (8) to ten (10)
non-competitive manufacturers. This means each member will represent
their particular industry (e.g. food industry, aerospace, plastics,
etc.). In addition, the Peer Councils are organized by the size of the
company one for small manufacturers and one for large manufacturers.
Manufacturing executives will share success stories, propoe challenges
and issues, gain insights, information, strategies and solutions. There
is a formal application process and review before a manufacturer can
join a Peer Council.
"We are pleased to host the first CMTC Peer Council Meeting at our new
facility in Rancho Cucamonga and look forward to the beneficial outcomes
of this program," stated Christian Groche, President of Goodyear Rubber.
"What makes the CMTC Peer Council interesting to me is their focus on
manufacturing only. I have been involved in other round table or forum
groups with a variety of businesses. But, many of the needs and
challenges we face are unique to the manufacturing sector and to be with
a body of my peers is very exciting for me," he continued.
"Additional Peer Council groups will be established throughout Southern
California and our next Peer Council will be launched in the Ventura
area in late summer. Other MEP Centers across the nation have created
similar groups and they have been quite successful in addressing and
solving common issues in this collaborative environment," stated David
Moates, Manager from CMTC.
A private, nonprofit corporation established in 1992, CMTC is the
Southern California affiliate of NIST MEP, under the Federal Hollings
Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) program, a network of more
than 60 centers across the country that provides assistance to small,
medium and large manufacturers. CMTC serves Fresno to San Diego/Imperial
County. CMTC and Manex represent the MEP system in California and work
in close collaboration on all manufacturing issues and opportunities
within the State of California. For more information, visit www.cmtc.com
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