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Sher Valenzuela speaking to a large crowd about the future of manufacturing in the United States.

On Thursday, November 3 manufactures, state and local delegates and residents of Milford gathering on what will soon be recognized as the centrally-located hub for moving Delaware forward in the world of advanced manufacturing. First State Moves the Nation Accelerator event celebrated manufacturing and its renewed alliance in the state of Delaware with an unveiling of the First State Moves the Nation Small Business Manufacturing Accelerator, presentation of the Downstate Junior Achievement Campus and the first annual Forklift Road-EO.

The event began with a ribbon cutting ceremony presented by the Chamber of Commerce for Greater Milford. On the site of the newly designed First State Manufacturing Incorporated building Sher and Eli Valenzuela introduced their plan to transform the manufacturing industry in Delaware and across the nation through the Small Business Manufacturing Accelerator. The Accelerator program aims to provide a trained and skilled workforce ready to fill the needs of the manufacturing industry in Delaware, an infrastructure that provides manufacturers business resources to support their needs and a hub of innovation that fuels creativity and new product development.

“This is a celebration of the revitalization, a renaissance, of manufacturing not only in Milford but in Delaware and across the nation,” commented Sher Valenzuela, Vice President of First State Manufacturing. “Manufacturing will provide the backbone for the growth of this country.”

A public/private partnership between the Delaware Workforce Investment Board (DOL), The City of Milford, and First State Manufacturing Inc. developed an innovative method for job creation in the First State, the First State Moves the Nation Accelerator Portal. The portal will act as a centralized access point for resources committed to promoting the manufacturing community. The web-based portal will connect businesses to jobseekers, individuals to advanced manufacturing skills development training and businesses to taxpayer-funded small business resources. With a decreasing number of goods being manufactured in the United States, this program will give U.S. companies access to a network of strategic partners and help to increase the amount of goods being created here at home.

“This accelerator will drive the economy throughout the nation,” commented Sher Valenzuela. “It will revive America and support this community. This accelerator will be a model to be used across the nation.”

In addition to housing the First State Moves the Nation Accelerator , the First State Manufacturing building will also host the southern campus of the Junior Achievement Program. The youth program will create a partnership with the business community in encouraging young people to be more involved in the business community.  Junior Achievement’s programs teach students work readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy.

The event celebrated the future of manufacturing in the First State. Sher and Eli Valenzuela, along with many others, believe that the next industry that Delaware will be known for is manufacturing. For additional information on the Small Business Manufacturing Accelerator or the Downstate Junior Achievement Campus at the First State Manufacturing facility contact Lisa Trice at 302-424-4520.

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