Manufacturing Expo, Nov. 16 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 16, 2017, 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 16, 2017. The 4th Annual SME Manufacturing Expo will focus on educational and career opportunities for students and job seekers.

Last year, over 3,000 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 third 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: Automation & Robotics; Cradle to Cradle: A Plastics Story; Drones: From Concept to Flight and 3D Printing: From Vision to Reality.

A number of schools have pre-registered for concurrent tours 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 30+ 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 9:30 a.m., 11:00 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. Classes will be held in the following topics:

  1. Automation & Robotics (Room #203)
  2. Cradle to Cradle: A Plastics Story (Room #211)
  3. Drones: From Concept to Flight (Room #204)
  4. 3D Printing: From Vision to Reality (Room #210)

For more information, please contact JJ Berndt at 530-892-9600 x211 or