CMTA's Bishop-Wisecarver innovates for ALS ice bucket challenge

Posted by Pamela Kan, CMTA Board Member (President, Bishop-Wisecarver) on Sept. 9, 2014

A good friend of mine and one of our distributors challenged the Bishop-Wisecarver Group to participate in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge to support the fight against this disease. I accepted the challenge and tasked our engineers to build an automated ice bucket machine using our components because, after all, we eat, breathe and live MOTION!

I stood nervously under this big bucket filled with ice cold water, regretting that my engineers built a slow pour functionality. You haven't lived until you feel a steady pour of ice cold water rolling down your back while your entire company burst into fits of laughter. After all was said and done, I'm extremely proud of the work everyone did to build this machine and that we supported an amazing cause. Watch and share this video on your social media channel of choice and please tag us!

We would like to challenge our customers, suppliers and distribution partners and send me a link (or tag us) so I can see it and share it with my staff.

We not only participated, which you will see in the video, but we are donating money and matching our employees' contribution.

Also watch Vice President of Marketing, Scott McClintock, step up to the challenge.


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Energy production in California will foster manufacturing sector growth

Posted by Gino DiCaro, Vice President, Communications on Sept. 9, 2014


California lags significantly behind the rest of the country in growing the vital manufacturing sector of our economy but we have a tremendous opportunity to become a major player in the energy boom that is driving major new manufacturing expansion and job growth. Most of the impetus for this resurgence nationally comes from expanded production from oil shale and shale gas reserves. California can join this energy and manufacturing renaissance by tapping the enormous potential petroleum resource contained in the San Joaquin Valley’s Monterey Formation.

In an open letter to President Obama, Brookings Institution Senior Fellow Charles Ebinger highlights the connection between renewed domestic energy production and manufacturing, saying the United States is “in the midst of an energy transformation in which our vast abundance of cheap natural gas and rising production of crude oil pose the opportunity for a manufacturing renaissance and a revitalization of the North American industrial base.”

Harold L. Sirkin of the Boston Consulting Group shares Ebinger’s optimism, noting that, “Several major forces are aligning right now that are dramatically reversing the fortunes of a U.S. manufacturing sector that many gave up for dead just a few years ago. The energy advantage and improved competitiveness are unique to the U.S. and are accelerating an American manufacturing renaissance.”

Other studies by IHS and PwC US have shown increased domestic energy production throughout the United States is helping manufacturers reduce energy costs and create hundreds of thousands of jobs. With a wealth of shale oil reserves, California can emerge as a national leader in rebuilding the manufacturing sector. As the nation’s third largest oil producer, California petroleum energy companies produce close to 600,000 barrels of crude oil per day, approximately 10 percent of the nation’s oil production.

The petroleum industry already is a leading economic driver and major manufacturing employer in California with:

  • 468,000 jobs direct, indirect & induced jobs – The petroleum industry is responsible for 2.3 percent of total California employment.
  • $40 billion in labor income – Jobs created or supported by the petroleum industry generate 3.1 percent of California’s total labor income.
  • The petroleum industry’s direct economic value in California equaled 3.8 percent of the state’s entire GDP.
  • $113 billion total economic value – The petroleum industry’s 5.4 percent total GDP contribution to California alone is larger than 17 U.S. state economies.
  • $220 billion in direct economic output – The petroleum industry’s direct economic output was nearly seven percent of California’s total output. This high level of output is noteworthy given the size of our employment.
  • $264 billion in total economic output – The petroleum industry’s combined direct, indirect, and induced economic output equaled 7.7 percent of California’s total output.

To put this in perspective, California’s petroleum industry’s economic contribution to the state outpaces 17 entire state economies nationwide. At a time when job growth in California has been tepid, even stalled at times, the petroleum industry is boosting economic development statewide:

  • The industry supports 85,620 total jobs in the Central Valley and contributes $30.7 billion to the region’s economy. Nearly three percent of all Central Valley residents are employed in or around the petroleum industry.
  • Southern California is home to 212,220 petroleum industry direct and indirect jobs. The petroleum industry is responsible for $105 billion in regional economic output.
  • California’s Central Coast earns $1.1 billion from the petroleum industry in local tax revenues.
  • The petroleum industry creates 77,050 direct and indirect jobs in the Bay Area and accounts for more than 10 percent of the region’s economic output.
  • Los Angeles County alone earns $5.2 billion annually in tax revenues generated by the petroleum industry. Nearly 6.5 percent of Los Angeles County’s entire economic output can be traced to the petroleum industry.

During the 2014 legislative session, WSPA supported Assemblymember Adam Gray’s AB 1910, a bill that would establish the San Joaquin Valley Regional Economic Planning and Preparedness Council (SJVREPPC), a badly needed special committee within the California Workforce Investment Board (CWIB) that would identify the programs, policies, partnerships and workforce needs of the emerging energy economy in the region. The legislation received bipartisan support and now awaits the Governor’s signature. Creating job preparedness and workforce investment opportunities is just the type of smart, proactive public policy that will move California manufacturing forward.

Unfortunately, energy policy in California often imposes higher costs on producers that in turn discourage job growth and manufacturing.

Rather than creating policies that stunt expansion and growth, our elected leaders must support efforts to create and attract new manufacturing jobs. The oil and gas industry stands ready to help California play a rightful leadership role in the American energy renaissance.


Founded in 1907, the Western States Petroleum Association (WSPA) is the oldest petroleum trade association in the United States. WSPA is a non-profit trade association that represents companies that account for the bulk of petroleum exploration, production, refining, transportation and marketing in the five western states of Arizona, California, Nevada, Oregon, and Washington. For the latest on energy policy in the West, follow @WSPAPrez on Twitter.

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California energy policy impacts manufacturing jobs

Posted by Gino DiCaro, Vice President, Communications on Sept. 4, 2014

This week, Chris Busch, the Director of Research at Energy Innovation: Policy and Technology LLC wrote a piece that appeared in both LiveScience and Essentially the piece praised California's bold energy policies and claimed that our state's economy is flourishing because of them.  Of specific note was a chart that showed our employment growth and a timeline of a few of California's energy requirements. Those policies include the Low Carbon Fuel Standard, the 33 percent renewable power mandate, the state's carbon cap-and-trade system, and California's building energy performance standards.

The chart compared California's total employment growth since December 2009 to that of the United States. In aggregate numbers we are in fact outpacing the country. But what types of jobs are we growing? We know from a chart we did a few weeks ago that most of our growth is coming from sectors that pay less. This week we charted the same dates and numbers as Mr. Busch but added a percentage growth for California's manufacturing job growth vs. the U.S.

The results show a large deficiency in manufacturing in California.  At an average $77,000 salary and tremendous ripple effects in the economy, can we afford to ignore such a deficiency? What state revenues are we losing out on by not keeping pace with national manufacturing growth? California's energy policies drive some of the highest industrial electricity rates in the country. Those costs will discourage manufacturers from choosing to invest in California, especially those looking to invest, re-shore, or scale up somewhere in the U.S.

Before concluding that California energy policies do not hurt jobs, we suggest that Mr. Busch and others account for the quality, as well as the quantity, of jobs we are losing and gaining in the state.


Chris Busch's chart 

Carbon Info chart on jobs


CMTA's chart with manufacturing:

CHART - US jobs and mfg vs CA jobs and mfg


* We used the same data source as Mr. Busch but we didn't include government in our total employment numbers, which might be why our percentages for "private sector" jobs are higher than their "total employment".

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Champion CSI welcomes advanced manufacturing certified student

Posted by Gino DiCaro, Vice President, Communications on Sept. 4, 2014

This post was written by Sandy Harmsen of the Workforce Investment Board for CMTA's Champions program.

The San Bernardino County Workforce Investment Board received a grant from the California Workforce Investment Board to help 30 young adults, between 18 and 24 years old, earn certifications in courses designed to introduce a new generation of workers to the manufacturing industry. The courses can be taken at three locations: Chaffey College, San Bernardino Valley College, and Technical Employment Training, a non-profit organization offering training in the manufacturing trades.

In addition to providing nationally recognized industry certification, the program also offers the targeted career guidance and mentorship that the participants need to advance their career prospects in a meaningful way. 

George Loya at CSIGeorge Loya was sitting in an electrical theory class last spring at Chaffey College when his instructor announced a new training program for youth to learn how to maintain equipment in a manufacturing plant. “I signed up first thing,’’ said Loya, 23, who currently works at a distribution center in San Bernardino. “I wanted to better myself; I have a four-year-old daughter.’’  Loya went on to complete the training at Chaffey College and received the industry certification.  Program administrators are now helping him advance to the next step toward securing a job. He has passed an initial set of assessments to qualify for an entry level temporary position at California Steel Industries in Fontana. If he is invited to join California Steel, Loya could potentially go on to become a level “A” expert electrician earning more than $80,000 per year.

The youth training program relies on a recruitment effort shared by the County of San Bernardino and the community colleges where the training occurs, said Deborah Smith, a community training coordinator at Chaffey College.  In partnership with the training providers, staff of the Workforce Development Department promoted the program at America’s Job Centers of California, which have locations in the cities of San Bernardino, Victorville and Rancho Cucamonga.  They also recruited students from Chino Valley Unified School District and from other local youth service providers. This comprehensive approach was designed to identify students who may not have performed well in a traditional school setting, but who have the ability to master the technical skills to become a highly-trained electrician or mechanic in the manufacturing trade.

Jacklyn Ortiz is another student who recently completed the program at Chaffey College. Ortiz is a high school graduate with a criminal record. She passed every program test on the first try and was one of the best students in class, said Smith. “Jacklyn has a mechanical aptitude and is very sharp.’’ The program is intended to help individuals like Ortiz move forward and has connected her to a staffing agency that will work with former inmates. 

This program is a great example of how the combination of training and mentorship advances the careers of our youth.

Sandy Harmsen is executive director of the Workforce Investment Board and director of the County of San Bernardino Workforce Development Department.


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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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