South Valley Industrial Summit to feature wide variety of topics

The lineup of speakers at the South Valley Industrial Summit on Friday, Nov. 13, continues to expand and diversify.

New additions to the lineup include a presentation on Cradle to Career programs offered through the Tulare County Office of Education; a look at salinity issues and the impact on safe drinking water in the Central Valley; and a presentation on advancing the bioeconomy in California, focused on processing agricultural waste into energy and useful products for the region.

Assemblyman Devon Mathis is scheduled to speak, and attendees can participate in a training session on “COVID Safety and the New Normal,” providing ways to better assess facilities and employee safety. 

The fourth annual event will be virtual this year and will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The keynote speakers are Lance Hastings, president, California Manufacturers and Technology Association, speaking at 10:15 a.m. and closing speaker Melanie Hellwig-White, president of Hellwig Products, speaking at 2:30 p.m.

Attendees will be able to choose from 8 breakout sessions during the event and can watch them online later at their convenience. There is no fee for participating via Zoom, but organizers are encouraging sponsorships of the sessions to cover expenses. Sponsors will be given the opportunity to speak briefly at the beginning of their sponsored session.

Businesses that have already committed to sponsoring the Summit are presenting sponsors Saputo and Electric Motor Shop. Supporting sponsors include BMI Mechanical Inc., California Dairies and the City of Visalia.

To register, visit For further information about sponsorships, contact Bruce Nicotero at [email protected] or visit

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