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U.S. DOT Secretary LaHood to Speak at Manex Hosted Event


SAN RAMON, California - February 1, 2012 - The Corporation for Manufacturing Excellence (Manex) and California Manufacturing Technology Consulting (CMTC) announced that Ray LaHood, U.S. Transportation Secretary, plans to travel to Sacramento to deliver a keynote address to over 200 participants scheduled to attend a special complimentary one-day forum to connect rail industry OEMs with U.S. suppliers in the manufacturing sector.

The attendance of Secretary LaHood is a very strong indication that this event supports the future of the rail industry and its vital importance at the National and State level. As Secretary of  Transportation, LaHood leads an agency with more than 55,000 employees and a $70 billion budget that oversees the nation's air, maritime and surface transportation system.

The “Next Generation Supply Chain Connectivity Forum” will be held on Feb. 8, 2012 at the Woodlake Hotel (formerly the Radisson) in Sacramento, CA. Various speakers from the U.S. Department of Commerce, the Federal Railroad Administration and CALTRANS will also participate in the event to bring together rail sector manufacturers/suppliers with key OEMs.

The Forum is for manufacturers who are interested in growing their business by considering opportunities in the rail industry supply chain. Panel Discussions for both traditional and potential new suppliers will take place followed by one-on-one meetings between OEMs and suppliers. This Forum is the result of a partnership between the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) and the U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC) to leverage existing agency capabilities to promote the development of a robust domestic supply-base to support intermodal transportation investment in the United States. This initiative is part of a broader opportunity of $782 million in grants that will pump new life into domestic manufacturing across the nation.

The Northern and Southern California Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) Centers, MANEX and CMTC, are supporting this event.