SANTA ROSA -- The Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) has a new chapter, the first formed in nine years and the only one ever opened in the North Bay.

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Glenn Mattsson, president of Santa Rosa’s Nussivo Engineering Consultants, founded the chapter and is currently acting as its chair.

“We want to be the ‘go-to’ resource in the region for manufacturing knowledge, education and networking,” he said.

Headquartered in Dearborn, Mich., SME is the world’s largest professional society dedicated to manufacturing.

Mr. Mattsson, with 30 years in the industry, has had a long-time membership with the organization, along with Craig Lewis, chief of production for VenTek International in Petaluma.

“There are things going on relative to manufacturing in the North Bay that convinced us to open a chapter of SME,” he said, referring chiefly the launching of 101MFG, an educational and networking hub for the regional manufacturing industry.

“101MGF is primarily for CEOs and owners of businesses. SME is complementary because it’s for employees,” he said.

The goal of the chapter, which already has 85 members, is threefold: meet, know and grow.

Primarily it offers a meeting place for manufacturing workers with dinner and other meetings and networking opportunities.

Secondly, it offers a source of educational and training programs and thirdly a chance to grow and develop, with certification programs and other advancement opportunities, said Mr. Mattsson.

SME’s website is www.smenorthbay.org. So far, the site lists jobs, events and workshops.

The group will be holding a dinner meeting on Feb. 17 at the Riviera Ristorante in Santa Rosa to chart its course for the future. To register, go to www.smenorthbay-planning.eventbrite.com.

“We’d like to grow our membership to 125 to 150 during the coming year,” said Mr. Mattsson.

Manufacturing as an industry has been particularly hard hit and California has fared worse because of off-shoring, according to Mr. Mattsson.

“Here in the Bay Area there are attempts to create a resurgence in manufacturing, from generating visibility in a cooperative effort, to moving into clean energy and energy-efficient manufacturing, to getting the next generation interested in a manufacturing career beginning with K-12 education.”

SME, he said, wants to support all these efforts.