Labcon plans for biotech supplier hub, state of manufacturing to be topics at July 24 awards

NORTH BAY -- Labcon's expansion plans in Petaluma and a report on the state of manufacturing in the North Bay will be topics at the Business Journal's fourth annual Top Manufacturers Awards July 24 at Sonoma Mountain Village.

Labcon President Jim Happ will talk about plans for the laboratory medical device company to attract key biotech industry vendors to a new warehouse and production facility. The concept, Mr. Happ said, is to bring services into the North Bay that manufacturers currently have to secure outside the region.

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Mr. Happ's plans for a 9.78-acre property at 3200 Lakeville Hwy. in Petaluma’s southern industrial area that includes a 63,000-square-foot production building and 8,000-square-foot adjacent warehouse is to use two-thirds of the space for Labcon and a few companies based outside the area that provide services and products Labcon and other local technology companies need for manufacturing.

In addition to Mr. Happ, 101MFG's Dick Herman will deliver his views on the "state of manufacturing" in the North Bay, including progress on the organization's "3-2-3" efforts to increase industry sales and create 2,000 jobs over three years. He will also discuss efforts to create regional "centers of excellence" and to attract and train the workforce of the future.

 The event's main attraction, the annual Top Manufacturers Awards, will be presented to 10 companies along with the inaugural Mike Hauser Manufacturing Leadership Award remembering the contributions made to the industry by the late Santa Rosa chamber CEO. The recipients are:

Winners of the North Bay Business Journal's fourth annual Top Manufacturers in the North Bay awards:The Innovation – Large Company award goes to Agilent Technologies in Santa Rosa, soon to be renamed Keysight Technologies. The maker of test equipment for wireless communications is the largest tech employer in the North Bay region.The Innovation – Small Company award goes to Protofab, a 16-year-old tool and die maker in Petaluma founded by Mike Maendi.The Growth award goes to Bear Republic Brewing Company, of Healdsburg and Cloverdale, for its rapid expansion and plans to become a destination brewery.The Leadership award goes to Claret Medical, a maker of devices for protection of the brain during heart surgery and interventions located in Santa Rosa.Datum Technologies is the winner in the Quality category. The 15-employee precision metal manufacturing company in Santa Rosa is both ISO and ASO certified to work in aerospace and other high tech industries.The award for Customer Service goes to Metalfx of Willits in Mendocino County, a sheet metal fabricator and maker of medical devices.GCX Corporation, a designer and maker of mounting solutions for medical device and medical information systems, will be honored as the Outstanding Supplier. The company recently received the U.S. Commerce Department Export Achievement Certificate for its efforts to send products to the Middle East.P&L Specialties of Santa Rosa is the winner of the Community category. For 30 years P&L has made stainless steel equipment for the wine industry.Winner of the Global award is another 30-year-old company: Royce Instruments of Napa, maker of high-end testing and sorting equipment for the semiconductor industry.Winning the Startup category is one of the latest additions to the growing biomed sector in the North Bay, RXFiber in Windsor, a pioneer in fiber for the medical device industry.And finally, the winner of the inaugural Mike Hauser Manufacturing Leadership Award is Kevin Smith of Agilent Technologies, who, along with the late Santa Rosa Chamber of Commerce CEO Mr. Hauser, has been a strong supporter of maintaining and growing the manufacturing segment of  the North Bay business community.

Tickets to the event and wine and hors d'oeuvres reception are $65 per person or $575 for a table of eight with company name. Register through July 21 at or call 707-521-6270 for information or sponsorship opportunities.

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