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MFG workers at CMTA's next Champion company say it all!

Posted by Gino DiCaro, Vice President, Communications on Aug. 18, 2016

Two comments we heard this week from long-time employees at a Valley manufacturer exemplify how California manufacturing is blistering through new innovations and technologies for very traditional manufacturing processes and providing tremendous opportunities for workers.

The employees work for our next Manufacturing Champion company to be announced in October on #MFGday16 and in our annual magazine. 

The quotes were so good, we thought we’d share in anticipation:

“We appreciate the opportunity to learn new skills. Not long ago, for example, the company sent me along with a team of engineers to Ohio to learn about the robotic welder. After I came back I handled all of the electrical for it. Since then, we’ve added new presses, modified other machines, and upgraded other technology. We’re not stagnant or set on one direction. We’re always innovating.”

"There’s no lack of improvement here. We’re always thinking of ways to make better use of our time and improve our productivity. I’m always adapting and learning, and learning from other employees.”





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MFG lagging CA industries in post recession job growth

Posted by Gino DiCaro, Vice President, Communications on Aug. 5, 2016

California, like the rest of the country, is rebounding and we hear a lot about the state's overall job growth and success. Much is true but it's important to understand what's happening in manufacturing -- an industry with an average wage around $80k, tremendous innovation and technological benefits, and one of the largest value chain multipliers among all sectors. 

Since 2010 California manufacturing, with only 3.4 percent job growth, is only ahead of the mining and public government sectors by a small margin in terms of percentage job growth. 

With low manufacturing growth California's middle class loses out on higher paying job opportunities and new technological skills. Further, almost all of our other sectors miss out on increased upstream supply chain opportunities and downstream manufactured goods. Put simply, manufacturing is steroids for overall economic activity and we could be doing so much better!

 

 

 

 





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Support for Free trade and TPP more critical than ever

Posted by Gino DiCaro, Vice President, Communications on July 21, 2016

The National Association of Manufacturers' Linda Dempsey wrote a compelling blog after the first day of the Republican Convention on the RNC's omission of support for free trade in its platform. With this development it's even more important now for manufacturers to continue to support the Trans-Pacific Partnership and free trade agreements. Intro and link to Dempsey's blog below:

The Economic vs. Political Timetable and Agenda for Trade: What the Republican Platform Misses

There’s lots of news from the first day of the convention, but manufacturers are more concerned with a major omission by the Republican Party: a statement supporting the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). That’s one line worth repeating.

Manufacturers in the United States were happy to post production increases in June, but according to the NAM’s Chief Economist, Chad Moutray, “manufacturing activity remains quite challenged.”  Weak export numbers have contributed to these challenges as global demand remains underwhelming and competition from overseas continues to increase. Indeed, U.S. manufacturing exports are down $31 million in the first quarter of 2016 compared to two years ago ... READ MORE

 

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New manufacturing sustainability blog

Posted by Gino DiCaro, Vice President, Communications on July 1, 2016

The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) launched a new blog series this week, titled “Manufacturing a Sustainable Future" in an effort to show how technical innovations in manufacturing are improving our sustainability dramatically. Manufacturing growth and sustainability must co-exist and everyone should be aware of the trailblazing and voluntary efforts being made within the industry. 

California manufacturers lead the way in innovation, efficiency, and sustainability so we could not be more pleased with the focus on these initiatives.

In their inaugural post, CMTA member General Motors' Global Waste Reduction Manager John Bradburn highlights GM’s 131 landfill-free facilities and goal to achieve zero waste at all global plants. Through innovation and a commitment to sustainability, GM has turned waste into a resource in its manufacturing process.

We encourage you to share your story with NAM and/or CMTA so we can make sure manufacturing is seen as a large part of our sustainablitiy solutions.





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CA industrial electricity now 79% more expensive than the U.S. average

Posted by Gino DiCaro, Vice President, Communications on June 14, 2016

California manufacturers depend on cost-competitive electricity rates to stay in business and grow their operations. Since 2010 California's energy policies have steadily driven up industry's premium to purchase electricity in the state.  The annual average in 2010 for the "industrial" rate was 44 percent higher than the national average, growing to a whopping 79 percent higher in 2015. The "commercial" rate that smaller manufacturers tend to pay has also steadily increased.  That rate was 49 percent higher than the national average in 2015.

Coupled with data that shows California has attracted no more than two percent of U.S. manufacturing investments since 2010, this information tells us that we must make sure our energy policies take into account their impacts on high-wage manufacturing growth.





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