AMP SoCal Monthly Newsletter
May 19, 2017

In today's issue:


  • AMP SoCal Industry Profiles - Meet local manufacturing business leaders
  • Register for upcoming AMP SoCal Webinar - Cybersecurity for Manufacturers: Are You Ready for the 12/31/17 Deadline?
  • International Workshop on Industry 4.0
  • $500,000 Pre-Apprenticeship Grant Awarded to March JPA’s MARS Program
  • Fac-a-thon 3.0 Facilitated Discussion of the NSF IUCRC Proposal & Next Steps
  • Recruiting Defense Impacted Manufacturers for Free or Reduced Cost Assistance
  • AMP SoCal Quarterly Outcome Reports Due
  • Videos and Presentations Available from the March 9 Bi-Annual Meeting


  • A&D Forum - upcoming chapter meetings
  • Space Tech Expo - May 23-25
  • ExporTech -  June 20, July 18, August 15
  • CMTC Lunch 'N Learn: “Additive Manufacturing the Evolution of 3D printing” - June 23
  • WESTEC - September 12-14
  • Manufacturing Day 2017 - October 6

AMP SoCal Industry Profiles

The Price School - USC Center for Economic Development regularly meets with manufacturing business owners, managers and service providers on behalf of AMP SoCal to learn how the collaboration can support the region’s companies – building a stronger, better Southern California. AMP SoCal Industry Profiles offer a glance at the different businesses and the range of concerns, solutions and best practices that local manufacturers encounter every day. 

Marwan Hammouri is president & CEO of Brek Manufacturing, a Gardena, CA company creating precision-machined and monolithic-designed parts. He has more than 25 years of successful manufacturing executive experience with an emphasis on business growth and profitability through efficient operation. Read more...
Ken Guss has over 30 years of diversified international experience in growing markets, merger/acquisitions, turnarounds, Integration, and cash optimization. He has  spent many years as CEO and president of a number of public companies. Today Mr. Guss is the CEO of Imagine Consulting. Read more...
AMP SoCal Webinar Series - Episode 3
Cybersecurity for Manufacturers: Are You Ready for the 12/31/17 Deadline?

Cyber threats are increasing in sophistication and frequency. The protection of data has become a necessity in today’s environment. In response to growing cybersecurity concerns, all commercial government, supply chain, manufacturing, aerospace, and automotive suppliers must implement the cybersecurity controls, listed in the NIST 800-171 guidelines by December 31, 2017. Failure to comply will reduce or eliminate an organization’s chances of qualification to renewing contracts. Is your business ready?

Register for AMP SoCal’s next free 30-minute webinar to learn more about cybersecurity for manufacturers. Martha Daniel, the founder, president and CEO of Cytellix and its parent company, Information Management Resources, Inc. (IMRI), will present some of today’s top cyber threats and what steps you can take to protect yourself and your company before the December 31 deadline. 

Is your company engaged in robotics or
IIOT research?

A unique opportunity to pool resources with like-minded organizations pursuing research within Industry 4.0 platforms, such as robotics and the Industrial Internet of Things (IIOT), is available for attendees of the International Workshop on Project Clustering in Industry 4.0, in Minneapolis, Minnesota on June 21.

$500,000 Pre-Apprenticeship Grant Awarded to March Joint Powers Authority’s MARS Regional Community Partnership

Manufacturing-Aerospace-Research-Science (MARS) Career Promise Pre-Apprenticeship Pilot Program was awarded a $500,000 grant by the California Chancellor’s Office of Community Colleges. MARS is a regional economic development initiative created by the March JPA, an AMP SoCal partner

Fac-a-thon 3.0 Facilitated Discussion of NSF IUCRC Proposal & Next Steps

Fac-a-thon 3.0 took place Friday, May 19 to explore the National Science Foundation Industry–University Cooperative Research Centers Program (NSF IUCRC) proposal development process and plan an industry-focused Fac-a-thon 4.0 meeting for June 27. 

Recruiting Defense Impacted Manufacturers for Free or Reduced Cost Assistance

If you are an aerospace and defense manufacturer whose business has been negatively impacted by reduced Department of Defense procurement and contracting, you may be eligible for free or reduced cost business development services for your company.

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Quarterly AMP SoCal Outcome Reports Due

If you are an AMP SoCal partner, please submit the results of the work you conducted with aerospace and defense manufacturers between January and March 2017. Click the link below to access the form. Questions and completed forms should be submitted to Dion Jackson, .

Videos and presentations are available from the March 9 Bi-Annual Meeting

If you missed the excellent presentations by the speakers and panelists at the March 9 Bi-Annual Meeting, or if you just want to revisit the interesting topics and information that was shared, you’re in luck. All panels and presentations are recorded and accessible online.

The Aerospace & Defense Forum

The Aerospace & Defense Forum is a global aerospace and defense leadership community that provides opportunities for sharing of information and analysis, mutual support and encouragement, partnering, innovation, and performance breakthroughs    

Upcoming Southern California A&D Forum Chapter Meetings

Space Tech Expo

May 23 - 25, 2017
Pasadena Convention Center, Pasadena, CA

Registration is FREE

Space Tech Expo & Conference is America’s B2B meeting place for space technology and engineering. The show brings together industry leaders, decision-makers and buyers to meet the engineering and manufacturing supply chain for commercial, civil and military space.

AMP SoCal will be exhibiting at Space Tech Expo USA 2017 in booth 2001

EXPORTECH™ LOS ANGELES for Aerospace & Defense Manufacturers

 June 20, July 18, August 15 7:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
LA Cleantech Incubator (LACI), Los Angeles, CA

ExporTech™ helps businesses reach their international sales potential by providing capacity-building and planning services focused on global markets. It is the only national program that helps individual companies design an export plan and will be offered through a series of workshops.

Click here to learn more

CMTC Lunch 'N Learn: “Additive Manufacturing the Evolution of 3D printing”

June 23, 12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Formalloy, Spring Valley 

This no cost event is designed to give the small and medium-sized manufacturer an overview of the the current state of Additive Manufacturing, new developments in technology and new trends manufacturers need to be aware of. It will focus on real world technologies and how they can be used to help improve productivity and grow your business. 

*Lunch will be provided by CMTC.


September 12 - 14, 2017
Los Angeles Convention Center, Los Angeles, CA

Registration is FREE until June 30

Attend the West Coast's largest technology event and get the technology solutions you need with the most machining, metrology, design, waterjet, software, digital, 3D printing and engineering expertise than you can find anywhere!

Manufacturing Day

October 6, 2017

Manufacturing Day℠ is a celebration of modern manufacturing meant to inspire the next generation of manufacturers. AMP SoCal is currently recruiting ideas for a Manufacturing Day-related event! Please contact us with suggestions at

AMP SoCal | (213) 740-9494 | |