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South San Joaquin Valley: A Growth Platform for Industries

The South Valley Industrial Collaborative (SVIC) is a partnership for community excellence whose purpose is to provide a platform to build industry-led, industry-driven, and community-supported partnerships which strengthen economies in the South San Joaquin Valley.

The South Valley Industrial Collaborative provides a sub-regional platform for San Joaquin Valley industry and businesses to collaborate and connect with regional, state and national partner organizations to support the region's efforts of being a globally competitive location for manufacturing and industrial jobs.

Industrial Summit, Friday, November 13, 2020

Virtual Team Meeting

Industrial Summit

November 13,2020 |  10:00 am - 3:00 pm

Location: Virtual Event

The Industrial Summit will be virtual, and will allow for participants to gather good information and enjoy educational opportunities. The Summit will offer a choice of 10 different sessions and a closing session, and each presentation will be available online for later viewing at your convenience. Additional information on speakers and break-out sessions will be provided soon. Because the Summit is virtual, attendees may participate at no cost. To help cover the cost of the Summit, sponsorships are welcome! For details, contact Lowell Richardson, or Bruce Nicotero,


​+ Lance Hastings

President | California Manufacturers & Technology Association

Lance Hastings is president of the California Manufacturers & Technology Association. Previously he served as Vice President of National Affairs for MillerCoors. Before his long career as a manufacturing executive, he was the Vice President and Director of Government Relations from 1992 to 2003 at the California Grocers Association.


+ Melanie Hellwig White

President | Hellwig Products

Melanie Hellwig White is the president of Hellwig Products. Founded in 1946, Hellwig Products manufactures forged steel suspension products for a variety of vehicles including recreational vehicles, trucks, and SUVs and is an OE supplier for Oshkosh, Freightliner, and the United States military. Family-owned and operated, Hellwig Products is based in Visalia, California and has been manufacturing in California’s Central Valley for nearly 60 years.

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Human Resources Manager

 Saputo Cheese USA Inc.

Carmen Herrera

This is my second year participating in the South Valley Industrial Collaborative. I am passionate about providing career and professional development to our workforce and community. Being part of the SVIC provides me with the opportunity to collaborate with other business leaders, educators, economic and workforce development agencies; creating opportunities to improve the skill set of our local workforce, support local business talent gaps and attract new businesses to the South San Joaquin Valley.


CEO, Kings County Economic Development Corporation

Lance Lippincott

Partnerships, whether local or regional, are critical in providing an effective and robust service to support business growth and expansion.


Senior Vice President of Human Resources , California Dairies Inc.

Lowell Richardson

It’s such a pleasure, and a necessity, to help the San Joaquin Valley communities and industries cooperate for the betterment of all, especially in the areas we share in common, like manufacturing and agriculture.

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Past President, Kings County Economic Development Corporation

John Lehn

We always accomplish much more – much faster by working together to solve common problems. This Summit brings together the best minds in manufacturing, processing and the art of creating things. You are strongly encouraged to lend your expertise and to draw from other attendees.


General Manager, JOANN Stores LLC Visalia Distribution Center

Chairman of the Industrial Advisory to the Workforce Investment Board of Tulare Co.

Bruce Nicotero

The Southern San Joaquin Valley is a great place to do business.  Being a part of the South Valley Industrial Collaborative gives our industry partners an opportunity to take advantage of connections to local government, educators, Chambers of Commerce, the Workforce Investment Board and economic development organizations.  These connections give us a voice to address issues that impact our ability to stay competitive and to learn from each other - best practices and ways to improve our efficiencies and lower the cost of doing business.  Please join us as we grow this organization to work for industry in the South Valley.

Gurminder Sangha, SN - Advanced Mfg 2018


South Valley Industrial Collaborative 

Gurminder Sangha

#WorkingBetterTogether is the motto of the South Valley Industrial Collaborative (SVIC) and its partners embody the spirit of its motto and practice it every day.  SVIC is a partnership for community excellence founded on the core principles of the Next Generation Sector Partnerships whose partners are committed to working collaboratively to grow businesses and prosperity in the region. 


Bruce Nicotero

Chair, South Valley Industrial Collaborative


2500 N. Plaza Drive

Visalia, CA 93291


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