Michigan and Indiana top industrial growth

Posted by Gino DiCaro, Vice President, Communications on Aug. 28, 2014

Last week we looked at some of California's top sectors and their growth versus the country.  This week we're looking to see how California's manufacturing job growth compares to the top ten industrial states. Since the end of the recession in 2010 we were seventh among ten with 0.6 percent growth.  New York, Pennsylvania and California were at the unfortuante end of the growth chart.  On the flip side, Michigan and Indiana are doing something right, growing their manufactuirng bases by 23 and 16 percent in the same time period.  We also found that California has attracted only 1.1 percent of the country's entire manufacturing expansion and re-shoring renaissance since 2010.  Every Californian, along with CMTA and Governor Brown and his GoBiz economic development team, must Champion the cause of attracting new manufacturing investment to our state. 

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Industrial States MFG job growth chart

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A look at growth in manufacturing and other sectors vs. the U.S.

Posted by Gino DiCaro, Vice President, Communications on Aug. 22, 2014

In light of 4,600 new California manufacturing jobs reported in July, we thought we'd take a look at how some of the largest job sectors were doing against the rest of the country since we began to come out of the recession in 2010.  The CMTA chart below shows each sector's growth and average salary in both California and the U.S. It also shows the percentage of the private sector job base that each of these sectors account for in California.  In total it shows our state needs to find ways to attract more manufacturing.  Upticks like we saw in July are promising but California must keep it up.

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Help inspire a new generation of manufacturing on Oct. 3

Posted by Gino DiCaro, Vice President, Communications on Aug. 21, 2014

Last year, more than 830 events (and more than 60 in California) were held in manufacturing facilities across the nation to highlight the sector’s tremendous benefits.

CMTA is pleased to once again join the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) and support Manufacturing Day 2014 on Friday, October 3. We need the participation and support of manufacturers, students and teachers to help inspire a new generation of manufacturers and connect with communities by doing the following.

If you are a manufacturer:

  1. Host an event on October 3. Register your event at www.mfgday.com
  2. Tweet your best facility photo (even if you can't host an event) on October 3 with the double hashtag #CA #MFGday. We will announce our winner to statewide media again this year and your company will be considered to be recognized as one of CMTA’s next Champions of Manufacturing.

If you are a student or teacher of a hands-on or career technical education course:

  1. Tweet your best course photo on October 3 with the double hashtag #CActe #MFGday. We will announce course winner to statewide media.

Manufacturing Day provides manufacturers a unique opportunity to expand the knowledge about the great benefits of a career in manufacturing and demonstrate our industry’s value to the U.S. and California economy. Companies can also use this day to educate their communities on the services and goods they manufacture. Whether through a plant tour for community partners or an open meeting with your company’s leadership and elected officials, Manufacturing Day is a great way for you to increase public awareness of the manufacturing industry.

Be sure to check out NAM’s Manufacturing Day Host Toolkit to see all the best practices and sample ideas that will help you plan a great event this year.

For more information on hosting an event, please contact NAM's 
Jeanine Arnett
(202) 637-3121.

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Champions campaign comes to San Fernando Valley

Posted by Gino DiCaro, Vice President, Communications on Aug. 15, 2014

The word is spreading on CMTA's Champions of Manufacturing campaign.  This week the San Fernando Valley business Journal printed the following piece on our initiative to highlight the tremendous benefits of California manufacturing, and to attract our fair share by building an army of workers, students, employers, citizens and groups to support our great industry's cause.  You can sign up to be a supporter here in the red box at the top.

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CMTA Champion Parallax keeps trailblazing

Posted by Gino DiCaro, Vice President, Communications on Aug. 12, 2014

One of CMTA's recently recognized Champions of Manufacturing, Parallax, out of Rocklin, California did something almost unheard of this week in the industry.  They opened up their source code design for their leading edge micro-controller so the rest of the world could benefit from their innovation. 

Parallax made a splash and released their design at the world renowned DEFCON conference in Las Vegas.

“There’s a trend toward open source," Parallax CEO Ken Gracey told a Sacramento Bee reporter in an interview just before the convention started. “You’ve seen it in software. It’s also true in hardware. People right now want to buy things they can see into, and where they feel there’s no hidden intellectual property."

You can read more here in the Sacramento Bee. CMTA is proud to have recognized Parallax in June for its innovation and commitment to its California workers. Congratulations, Parallax. Again!


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