Domestic vs. International Manufacturing Pros and Cons

  • February 18, 2010
  • 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM
  • South San Francisco, Basque Cultural Center


  • CSCMP Global Members
  • Available to everyone
  • Individuals who prefer to pay at the door: Note $75.00 price for individuals who wish to pay cash or check at the door.
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Manufacturers and distributors have always driven costs from operations by improved technology, improved processes, or changes to sourcing and manufacturing location. An executive determining global manufacturing sites and supply chain strategies faces a complicated world. Sourcing decisions are affected by factors far beyond simple analyses of logistics and labor cost. These factors encompass such issues as a fragile global economy, volatile commodity prices, geopolitical uncertainty, and the relentless pace of innovation. During this event, we’ll explore the real drivers of manufacturing site selection and best practices from world leaders and new economy innovators, Tesla Motors and Sanmina-SCI.


Evelyn Chiang, VP of Supply Chain and IT – Tesla Motors will highlight drivers of Tesla’s decision to manufacture in the United States.  Palo Alto-based Tesla Motors designs, manufactures and sells high-performance fully-electric vehicles, and advanced electric vehicle Powertrain components. Tesla is the first and only company to commercially produce a federally-compliant highway-capable electric vehicle, the Tesla Roadster, which combines a market-leading range on a single charge with attractive design, driving performance, and zero emissions.      

Jim Miller, EVP Industrial, Automotive and Multi-Media – Sanmina-SCI will discuss the framework used in constructing manufacturing and supply chain strategy in today’s turbulent world. He’ll highlight trends in manufacturing shifts and insights from decades of leadership for some of the world’s most innovative companies, including Sanmina-SCI, one of the largest electronics manufacturing services providers (EMS),. 

Speaker Bios: 

EC_pic2.jpgEvelyn Chiang VP of Supply Chain and IT - Tesla Motors

Evelyn Chiang leads the centralized function of procurement, material planning and logistics for Tesla, collaborating cross functionally with engineering, manufacturing sales and finance to drive continued supply chain efficiency for all products designed and produced by Tesla.  Evelyn also supports Tesla's Powertrain business development and is responsible for the deployment and enhancement of internal systems for extended enterprise operations. 


Prior to joining Tesla, Evelyn served in several positions with SAP AG, most recently as Senior Vice President of Operations for the Product and Technology Group, managing global operations, strategic business planning, product portfolio management, and post-merger integration. Throughout her

19-year career, Evelyn has held various roles in operations, consulting and business development, founding her first company at the age of 14.  Evelyn earned her bachelor's degree in Aeronautics and Astronautics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

Jimmiller.jpgJim Miller EVP, Industrial, Multimedia, and Automotive -- Sanmina-SCI Corporation

As EVP of Sanmina-SCI Corporation, Jim has responsibility for Industrial, CleanTech, Multimedia, and Automotive businesses. Prior to joining Sanmina-SCI, Jim was the a Founder and Principal at Sierra Crest Consulting, a consulting firm focused on corporate and operations strategy for alternative energy companies., Other previous positions include EVP Supply Chain and Product Management at First Solar, the industry leading supplier of CdTe (Cadmium telluride solar cell) Thin Film Photovoltaic modules and systems. Jim is also the former, Vice President of Product Operations for Cisco’s worldwide supply chain organization. Jim was responsible for Cisco’s new product introduction and held additional executive roles in manufacturing, manufacturing technology, and supply chain/logistics.

Before his tenure with Cisco, Jim held positions with, Intel Corporation, and IBM Corporation.

Jim has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Aerospace Engineering from Purdue University and a Master of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a Master of Science Degree in Management from the Sloan School of Management at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.


CSCMP gratefully acknowledges support of this year’s Silicon Valley Innovator level sponsor companies: 



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Event Time: February 18, 2010

5:30 pm Registration Begins / Networking

6:30 pm Dinner

7:00-8:00 Program Speakers

Ends at 8 pm


Basque Cultural Center Restaurant

599 Railroad Ave

South San Francisco, CA 94080
(650) 583-8091



Meal Selection

Roast leg of lamb

Chicken chasseur



Members - $ 55

Non-Members $ 65

Students - $25

At the door $75.00


Alan Davis

Treasure & Event Chair


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