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New CMTA President focusing on a promise of manufacturing

Posted by Gino DiCaro, VP, Communications on Dec. 15, 2018

Last week the Orange County Register published an inaugural opinion authored by new CMTA President Lance Hastings on his commitment to working toward the promise of new manufacturing opportunity in California. It's the first of many pieces that will seek to illuminate the ultra economic benefits of manufacturing, the challenges to new manufacturing investment in California, and CMTA's solutions and ideas to turn the state's long held dream into a promise. 

Make California's Dream a Promise

By Lance Hastings in the OC Register -- December 14, 2018

California has always evoked dreams of new adventures and opportunities that couldn’t be found elsewhere. Those of us who are lucky enough to call it our home hold on to the dream of a wonderful future that only the Golden State can provide.

Many of the hallmarks that attracted millions of people are still present: fantastic climate, beautiful Pacific shores and majestic mountains. Early settlers flocked to the state in pursuit of gold and a new, prosperous future. Hollywood and the movie industry shared an elegance that was the envy of the world. In the 1980’s and 90’s aerospace and high tech manufacturing were plentiful and grew at record paces, providing much of the middle class with home ownership and a college education for their kids.

Now in 2019, almost two centuries after California became a state, we continue to lead the country in innovation but the production of our own inventions is falling short. New clean and exciting manufacturing facilities are simply growing quicker elsewhere. California is still the largest manufacturing state in the country but this doesn’t tell the whole story. Los Angeles County in southern California for example lost 7 percent of its manufacturing core since 2010 while the rest of the country grew by more than 12 percent. That means more than 25,000 southern California middle class families lost out on the dream that manufacturing could have provided. ... READ MORE AT THE OC REGISTER

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An invitation to CMTA member companies

Posted by Gino DiCaro, VP, Communications on Dec. 9, 2018

In 2018 CMTA partnered with CompanyWeek to profile Manufacturing Champions -- part of a growing archive of California profiles of manufacturing companies.

The stories of modern manufacturing and the rewarding and exciting career paths within the sector must be told, and they should be told through the lens of California's very best manufacturers and their workers.

We'd like to feature your company and your workers in 2019, so CMTA and CompanyWeek will pick up 100 percent of the costs for all CMTA members. Don’t miss this opportunity to showoff your operations, employees and products. CMTA members such as Jelly Belly and BWC have previously been profiled.

If you are interested, the steps are simple. We'll assign a writer to interview you, by phone, and send a photographer to your location.  If you are a CMTA member and would like to be profiled, please contact me at or 916-498-3347. 

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CMTA approved for $1 million training contract

Posted by Gino DiCaro, VP, Communications on Dec. 7, 2018

The big news this past Friday was that CMTA was approved by the California Employment Training Panel for a $1 million contract to train manufacturing workers throughout the State.

Manfacturers looking to modernize their workforce with new technical and emerging skills in 2019 should look no further than CMTA to take advantage of new funds for their training needs.

Employee training can range from a single eight-hour class to 200 hours of customized training, and it can be done onsite or in a classroom. Here's a document on how it works. Contact Rob Sanger at 916-498-3334 or to get started.


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State launches web portal to assist businesses impacted by wildfires

Posted by Gino DiCaro, VP, Communications on Dec. 6, 2018

As communities begin to recover from the devastating effects of the California wildfires, the Secretary of State announced a new web portal today with information and important resources for impacted businesses.

Maintaining or re-establishing a business can be a daunting task if business records, insurance and employment documents, personal identification and other business records are lost, damaged, or destroyed. Additionally, there may be consequences if legal and other notices are not delivered to the business. The Secretary of State’s office can help.

Their Business Programs Division staff is prepared to streamline recovery efforts when Californians are ready to re-establish business operations.

Click here to visit the Secretary of State's new web portal for wildfire assistance.

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20 modern manufacturers who’ll inspire you

Posted by Gino DiCaro, VP, Communications on Dec. 3, 2018

Modern manufacturing is evolving and getting stronger by the day. While innovation is changing the types of jobs people do, it is not changing what is at the core of manufacturing in the United States: people from all walks of life who lend their talents to make things that matter. America (and California) needs more creators ... and more Americans need to see themselves in these rewarding roles. 

The Manufacturing Institute and PwC have come up with a great way to introduce us all to particular manufacturing workers who make the industry strong not only by their work ethic but also through their diverse backgrounds and paths in life. You can meet these 20 modern manufacturers at their page here: 

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