In early 2014, members of BEST’s Tech Industry Group (TIG) asked for assistance to localize their supply chains by connecting with regional suppliers. BEST saw this as an opportunity to build stronger connections among regional manufacturers and keep the flow of money in the area. “It offered a great opportunity to help several regional manufacturers with a single event, as well as strengthen the industries regional supply chain,” said Brandon Jewell, Director of Business Development.
The result was the creation of the Tech Industry Supplier Fair. The second annual Supplier Fair was held this year on Thursday September 24th in Santa Rosa. The event focused around 10 original equipment manufacturers (OEM) including Altwork, General Dynamics, Keysight Technologies, L-3, Labcon, Medtronic, Reltek LLC, Small Precision Tools, Trivascular and Viavi Solutions (formerly JDSU). Approximately 30 local process and component manufacturing companies attended to meet these OEMs in the hopes of making connections that may lead to future deals.
This event focused on building quality interactions, allowing suppliers to see the particular needs of the OEMs and gave the ability to schedule half-hour meetings blocks away from the main floor. BEST was aided in the planning of this event by TIG Co-Chairs Pat Harper of Keysight Technologies and Jim Happ of Labcon.