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CA can lead the Nation this MFG Day - Oct. 6

Posted by Gino DiCaro, VP, Communications on Aug. 21, 2017

If you’ve visited mfgday.com lately, you may have noticed that the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) has taken charge of Manufacturing Day, giving it a renewed energy and focus as the national celebration heads into its sixth year.

OPEN YOUR FACILITIES FOR "MFGDay" ON OCTOBER 6, 2017. REGISTER AN EVENT HERE.

Manufacturing in the United States faces all sorts of roadblocks, but many manufacturers say the lack of a skilled workforce is their largest hurdle. A recent report from the Manufacturing Institute and Deloitte shows that over the next decade, nearly three and a half million manufacturing jobs likely need to be filled and the skills gap is expected to result in 2 million of those jobs going unfilled. Manufacturing is not just critical to the U.S. and California economy -- it is also a way of life and an integral component of our national identity. This talent shortage threatens manufacturers’ ability to innovate, create jobs and compete in the global marketplace.

That is why CMTA is supporting the sixth annual Manufacturing Day on Friday, October 6, 2017. Manufacturing Day is a national event where manufacturers in the U.S. open their doors to show that 21st century manufacturing is a high-skilled, sleek, technology-driven industry that offers good-paying jobs and fuels the economy. Manufacturing Day is the perfect time to draw attention to the outstanding opportunities that a manufacturing career can provide and give future talent firsthand experience with the real world of manufacturing.

Last year, more than 2,800 events were held in all 50 states. CMTA was proud that California manufacturers hosted more than 180 of those events, eclipsing our 2015 number of 120. CMTA participated by attending events and honoring our 2016 Champions Betts Spring, and this year we intend to announce another Manufacturing Champion, maybe two!

We want to increase the number of hosted events this year to continue the day's incredible success and growth. Currently Califonia has 65 companies and institutions registered to host 67 MFGDay events. We will update our readers regularly on the newest companies to register to host events leading up to October 6.

If you’re curious about what your options are for hosting an event, how to get people to your event, or how you can make MFG DAY work for your company, Go HERE.

 





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With 3.6% CA MFG growth, lots of room for improvement

Posted by Gino DiCaro, VP, Communications on Aug. 7, 2017

California continues to lag the country's manufacturing growth.  While California grew its manufacturing jobs by 3.6 percent, the rest of the country picked up 8.6 percent since the end of the recession.  Some big winner states include Kentucky at 20.5 percent, Indiana at 19.9 percent, South Carolina and Tennessee both at 16.5 percent, Colorado at 15.4 percent, and Ohio at 12.0 percent.  California must keep up the drumbeat of policies to atttract new manufacturing investment.

 





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Cap-and-trade: A cost-effective & durable path to CA environmental goals

Posted by Dorothy Rothrock, President on July 17, 2017

I penned the following for the Sacramento Bee this week on the need for cap-and-trade. California must implement the most cost-effective and durable path to reach its 2030 greenhouse gas reduction goals.

Californians should be proud that our current climate change program, including a cap-and-trade regulation, will successfully accomplish the 2020 greenhouse gas reduction target without serious economic disruption.

But reaching the 2030 goal will require faster and deeper emission cuts. Getting there will require carefully crafted regulations and effective legislative oversight. Cap and trade remains an important regulatory tool that needs legislative action to extend past its expiration date in 2020.

It is the most cost-effective emission-reduction approach to support job-creating industries, to protect consumers from unnecessarily high fuel and electricity prices, and to set a positive example nationally and internationally... READ MORE ON SAC BEE





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Nominate a northern California manufacturer for advanced MFG award

Posted by Gino DiCaro, VP, Communications on July 8, 2017

On November 7, 2017 the Sacramento Region Innovation Awards will recognize significant innovations, and the innovators and local companies that brought them to fruition. CMTA is honored to be on the selection committee and was proud to cast a vote last year for the advanced manufacturing category winner Free Form Factory

The 9-county northern California area benefits from world class industry, bringing leading edge research & development, good jobs and economic growth.

Don't miss your chance to nominate a manufacturer in the area before the submission period ends July 31. The second annual Sacramento Region Innovation Awards, presented by Stoel Rives LLP with support from Moss Adams LLP and the Sacramento Business Journal recognizes recent business innovations in six categories. The 2017 award categories and 2016 winners include:

  • Advanced Manufacturing: Watercraft Manufacturing by Free Form Factory Inc. — a proprietary technique to manufacture personal watercraft hulls 10 times faster, 3.5 times stronger, and with no volatile organic compounds.
  • Food & Agribusiness: Radio Frequency Pasteurizer by RF Biocidics — a food-safety solution that eliminates harmful contaminants from foods using radio frequency technology.
  • Hardware & Electronics: Linkbot by Barobo, Inc. — a programmable educational robot that can be customized with snap-on parts and STEM curriculum.
  • Medical & Health Technologies & Services: B. infantis by Evolve BioSystems — a microbiome-based solution to establish, restore and maintain a healthy infant gut microbiome.
  • Software: The Risk Number by Riskalyze — a proprietary risk assessment product that measures individual investors’ risk tolerance.
  • Sustainability: FastOx Gasifier by Sierra Energy — waste gasification technology that transforms waste into clean, renewable energy.

The program was founded by the law firm of Stoel Rives LLP, which has had similar award programs in Utah and Idaho. The Sacramento Business Journal is the program’s media sponsor and Moss Adams LLP serves as the official CPA vote tabulator. The event will be held at the Hilton Sacramento Arden West in Sacramento.

 
 
 

 





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Manufacturers can make a difference in the Capitol

Posted by Gino DiCaro, VP, Communications on July 3, 2017

CMTA never stops fighting for manufacturers in California's Legislature and regulatory agencies. One of the biggest challenges is keeping advocacy at the forefront of manufacturers’ thoughts and actions throughout the year.  We need manufacturers to engage on the most pressing issues in the Capitol so policymakers hear from the companies that invest in California and high wage jobs. We encourage active participation in CMTA's Champion advocacy engagement campaigns that range from contacting a legislative office or simply tweeting your company's concerns over an issue.

This week you should show your support for cost-effective climate change policy and a well-designed cap-and-trade system.  There will be an important vote soon on cap-and-trade and we need a chorus of manufacturers driving home the necessity of cost effectiveness in reaching California's new and demanding 2030 climate change goals. 

Click below to watch our 1-minute video on cap and trade and engage on the issue.





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