Manufacturing Expo, Nov. 10 in Chico

Meet Northern California Manufacturers and Suppliers

WHAT: SME North State Manufacturing Expo
WHERE: CSU, Chico’s Bell Memorial Union (BMU)
WHEN: Thursday, November 10, 2016, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Once again, manufacturers and suppliers from Northern California will showcase their technology and products in Chico on Thursday, November 10, 2016. The 3rd Annual SME Manufacturing Expo will focus on educational and career opportunities for students and job seekers.

Last year, over 2,000 people – including many students from sixth grade through college – attended the Expo to learn more about manufacturing and the products being produced here in the North State. Many of last year’s exhibitors are returning this year with hands-on equipment and displays, such as the jet engine from Air Spay USA!

Career Exploration

While the Expo is not a job fair, each manufacturer displays a “Job Board” listing typical occupations employed by that company and the education required for each occupation. For older students, it’s an opportunity to meet potential employers face to face and learn more about the companies.

For the second year, a series of 30-minute “Intro Classes” will be offered; providing job seekers, middle school, high school and college-level students a taste of different skills needed for manufacturing careers. Held throughout the day on a first come, first serve basis (optional pre-registration online at, some of the topics include: Makerspace in the North State; Inventing your Technical Future; Automation & Robotics; and Future Farm to Table.

A number of schools have pre-registered for concurrent tour of the CSU, Chico engineering and STEM labs, which will be led by Chico State and Butte College engineering students.

How to Participate

The public is invited to attend FREE of charge. No registration is required for Exhibit Hall access. Companies and educators wishing to participate can register online using our interactive Expo website.

Exhibit Hall – The Main Exhibit Hall (BMU 100) will house 20+ local manufacturers, suppliers, educators and resources. All Exhibitors are required to have an interactive, hands-on demonstration illustrating what their company does. In addition, they will offer insight into their company, information regarding career and internship opportunities and provide a variety of free giveaways.

‘Intro Class’ Sessions Small, 30-minute “Intro Classes” will be held throughout the day at 10:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m., and 1:00 p.m. Classes will be held in the following topics:

1.) Makerspace in the North State (Room #203)

  • Prototype to Production
  • 3D Printing
  • Solidworks/CAD
  • CNC Machines/G-Code
  • Metal Casting
  • Welding

2.) Inventing your Technical Future (Room #211)

  • Jobs in Manufacturing
  • Building your Technical Resume
  • Women in Technical Careers
  • Resume Building

3.) Automation & Robotics (Room #204)

  • Robotics, Ladder Logic & PLCs
  • Additive Manufacturing
  • Tooling, Jigs & Fixtures
  • High School Robotics

4.) Future Farm to Table (Room #210)

  • Job Breakdown & Ag./Food Processing
  • Food-Grade Plastics
  • Automation

For more information, please contact Maya Grunder at Grow Manufacturing, 530-345-0364 Ext. 24 or

Tours of the Chico State Engineering Labs – Students will tour the 5 Chico State engineering labs.  The 5 engineering labs which will be toured during the SME Manufacturing Expo are:

  1. Plastics Lab (Langdon 118)
  2. Machine Shop (Langdon 120)
  3. Wind Tunnel Lab (Langdon 122)
  4. Metals Casting & Manual Machining Lab (Plumas 116)
  5. Robotics, Automation and Student Clubs Lab (Plumas 114)

Confirmed Exhibitors

All Metals Supply
Joy Signal Technology
C-Sys Labs
Air Spray, USA
Grow Manufacturing
Sierra Pacific Industries
Parallax, Inc.
Harris & Bruno International
MJB Welding Supply
Lundberg Family Farms
Alternative Energy Systems
PBM Supply & Manufacturing
Metal Works
Roplast Industries
Idea Fab Labs
Weiss McNair
Transfer Flow, Inc.