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Through a collaborative, results-driven approach, Manex helps you transform your business to maximize your return on investment and gain sustained competitive advantage


The Corporation for Manufacturing Excellence (Manex), a private non-profit corporation, was established in 1995 to provide services to small and mid-size manufacturers in Northern California. Manex operates through a cooperative agreement between the Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), under the Department of Commerce.

Among its many advising services to northern Californian companies, Manex has available proven, comprehensive training programs specifically designed for manufacturing businesses. In October of 2016, Manex Consulting signed a Subrecipient Agreement with California Manufacturing Technology Corporation (CMTC) to become a partner in its statewide MEP Network for the Bay Area and Sacramento Regions.

Among other industry services, Manex is the unequaled leader in training programs for manufacturing, distribution, and supply chain companies. Its training curriculum and methods are based on extensive real-world experience with a very successful track record of ROI results. Manex has evolved as manufacturing needs have grown in Northern California. Its vision mandates that the company address the total organization, and as a result,its role as strategic advisors includes:

  • Strategic Planning
  • Continuous Improvement
  • Sales
  • Marketing
  • Product Development and Innovation
  • Workforce Development
  • Sustainability
  • Supply Chain Development
  • Export Assistance
  • Technology Transfer Utilizing area Labs and Universities
  • Connecting Manufacturers with Private and Public Resources

Working directly with the State, Counties, and Cities to promote Economic Development in Manufacturing, Fabrication, R&D, as well as Food and Beverage Processing

The Manex team brings an average of 20 years of private industry experience to provide a powerful depth and breadth of business know-how. The firm is recognized for its strategic, enterprise-level expertise and extensive front-line manufacturing and distribution experience. Manex’sclient case studies and success stories are well documented. Independent quarterly client surveys ensure full accountability and a performance scorecard of certified value for its customers.

With its roots in manufacturing, Manex’sactive participation in MEP and a longstanding dedication to knowledge transfer and implementation, it has a continued commitment to develop and deliver services that help you thrive in a globally competitive environment.

Manex has provided training programs in San Francisco. SF Bay Area.San Francisco Bay Area. South San Francisco. San Bruno. Santa Clara. Palo Alto. Redwood City. Daly City. Santa Clara. Concord. San Jose. Fremont. Hayward. San Leandro. Oakland. Berkeley. Alameda. Richmond. Marin. San Rafael. Benicia. American Canyon. Santa Rosa. Napa. Sonoma. Novato. Fairfield. Vacaville. Dixon. Davis. Woodland. Sacramento. West Sacramento. Roseville. Rancho Cordova.El Dorado Hills.

Among the few manufacturing and employee training consultants located in northern California, Manex leads in performance, results, and pricing. It bringsits clients consulting for all operations, management and personnel needs of manufacturer companies, from small plants to extensive corporate facilities. Manex’s special expertise is in insightful and layers-deep consulting and training.

Manexdelivers high-impact services and solutions in five essential organization areas: strategy, people, training, performance, and Lean manufacturing. Its teams bring world-class expertise and insight to quickly help you achieve cost efficiencies and increased profits. As a CA state MEP Partner,it is available to guide you in developing everything you need—tools, metrics, and best practice processes to improve profits and ROI.

CEO Corner

Gene Russell, President, and CEO:Gene Russell is President and CEO of Manex. As manufacturing consulting and coaching expert, he has over 25 years of senior executive strategic planning, operational management, and advising experience with manufacturers in all northern California and in the technology sector. With his extensive knowledge of manufacturing operations, he has developed and implemented key strategic initiatives for companies, allowing them to improve performance and achieve profitable growth. He also has a strong background in sales and business development, and a keen understanding of manufacturing strategies in the global environment. As a manufacturer advisor, he brings to your company and team extraordinary experience in solving all the challenges you may face, dramatically improving existing systems, and helping you achieve more robust profits. His personal executive coaching is well known in the manufacturing sector across the San Francisco Bay Area, Sacramento, and all northern CA locales.

Prior to joining Manex, Mr. Russell led companies within several rapidly changing industries including telecommunications, wireless mobile, consumer electronics, major appliances and most recently the fireplace and home décor segments. As CEO of Pilgrim Home and Hearth for the past six years, he restructured operations in the U.S. and China, diversified and revamped product lines, expanded distribution channels domestically and internationally, and developed a management team to produce record results.

Mr. Russell’s previous experience consists of key leadership roles with a variety of manufacturing and technology firms, including Oregon Scientific, Haier America, SOS Wireless Communications, SDI Technologies, and AT&T. In these executive positions, he was instrumental in developing new business plans, core operational improvements and diversified product plans, as well as launching significant business development and sales initiatives. In start-up firms, he led new ventures with conceptual ideas and developed them into successful operating entities with industry leadership positions. He has also served as a board advisor and distribution consultant.

Mr. Russell holds a B.A. in Economics from the University of California, Los Angeles.

“Manex provides a broad array of proven advisory and implementation solutions exclusively to manufacturers, distributors, and their supply chains.”