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California's recycling and manufacturing economy

Posted by Gino DiCaro, VP, Communications on April 10, 2017

The connection between recycling and manufacturing drives California's economy and environmental leadership.  The Orange County Register printed the following piece by Dorothy Rothrock last week spotlighting the industry's importance to our economy, and highlighting efforts by great companies such as Vista Metals, Quemetco, Schnitzer Steel, and Graphic Packaging International.

California's recycling and manufacturing economy

By Dorothy Rothrock  -- posted in the Orange County Register April 7, 2017 

When “manufacturing” is mentioned, you likely picture a factory with products rolling off an assembly line. But there are many off-site functions that are not as obvious as a large plant in an industrial park. One of these is recycling; manufacturers are the biggest consumers of material recycled from end-of-life products and industrial scrap. In 2014, more than 135 million metric tons of outdated or obsolete scrap was transformed into raw materials, which were used to produce new products in the United States.

Scrap recycling is one of the world’s first green industries. It is a pivotal player in California’s environmental protection, resource conservation and sustainability. Since the end-of-life products and industrial scrap are recycled, and are never destined for the landfill, scrap recycling supports our goal to keep 75 percent of all solid waste from going into landfills by the year 2020. It also saves energy. Our climate change plan notes that “recycling of materials decreases upstream greenhouse gas emissions associated with the extraction and processing of virgin materials.” The energy we save by recycling can be used for heating our homes or powering our automobiles ... READ MORE ON OC REGISTER

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Update on CA MFG jobs picture

Posted by Gino DiCaro, VP, Communications on March 31, 2017

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Nebraska and Texas win Governor's Cup awards for investment

Posted by Gino DiCaro, VP, Communications on March 19, 2017

Site Selection magazine released their Governor’s Cup edition this week.  It reflects yearly capital investment project totals and awards a state for most projects and most projects per capita. 

Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts joins the elite club of governors to claim a Site Selection Governor’s Cup, by virtue of his state winning the Cup for most capital investment projects per capita (101 such projects for 2016 = 53.7 per 1 million people). 

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott claims his third Governor’s Cup for total qualified projects (642), and the State’s fifth consecutive such Cup. Texas’ winning streak began in 2009. Rounding out the top five in this category are Illinois, North Carolina (289) and Georgia (271). 

California ranked in the top 10 of total projects at 250 but only attracted 6.4 projects per 1 million people. We at CMTA have purchased the underlying data so we can report at a later date on the number of specific manufacturing investments per capita vs. the rest of the country.

You can read Site Selection Magazine's report HERE.





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LAEDC issues report on LA manufacturing

Posted by Gino DiCaro, VP, Communications on Feb. 27, 2017

The Los Angeles County Economic Development Corp. released a report last week showing the loss of L.A. manufacturing jobs to lower paying jobs. Don't miss the LA Daily News article by Kevin Smith on the report: 

LA County’s manufacturing jobs have been replaced by lower paying work 

L.A. County’s manufacturing sector has suffered massive job losses over the last decade, but a new report points to worse news — those positions have been replaced by jobs that pay less than half as much.

That’s the sweep of a new report released Wednesday by the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corp.

The region has lost 89,000 manufacturing jobs since 2007. Those jobs paid an average annual wage of $52,000. During that same period the county added 92,000 new jobs in the food service industry, but the average yearly pay for those jobs is just $20,000 ... READ MORE ON LA DAILY NEWS





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State leaders recognize the opportunity of California manufacturing

Posted by Gino DiCaro, VP, Communications on Feb. 15, 2017

We are pleased that State Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon recently bragged in a tweet that led with the fact California has the most manufacturing jobs in the nation. 

We should be proud that manufacturing plays such a crucial role in the California and US economies. As advocates for manufacturing, we regularly remind elected officials that not only do manufacturers represent more than 1.2 million jobs in that sector, but they also support many more jobs in other sectors of the economy, with a multiplier of 2.5 jobs for every one manufacturing job.

The debates leading up to last November’s national election included urgent calls for bringing back high-wage, middle-class manufacturing jobs to the U.S. The average California manufacturing wage, not including healthcare and other benefits, is $83k per year.  California will compete with other states to attract its fair share of these highly valued jobs and the new investments that generate them as new industries develop and some jobs 'reshore' from overseas.

There are hopeful signs that we could make this happen. Just last week, the Governor’s chief economic development recruiter, Panorea Avdis, said and tweeted the following as she welcomed a new exciting 200-employee solar cell manufacturer that she helped recruit to Sacramento from China:

 

"California leads the nation in job creation, #manufacturing and is recruiting new companies everyday.”

And this:

“California is the #1 state for #manufacturing jobs. Source: National Institute for Standards & Technology”

 

This week Avdis and her Go-BIZ counterparts also highlighted California's manufacturing size in a legislative informational hearing on California's core economic topics.

Successfully recruiting and growing new manufacturers is a hopeful sign and we need the continued time and attention by state policymakers to keep it up. The hill to climb is shown in the 2015 manufacturing investment data, the last year available, when we attracted only 1.5% of the manufacturing investment in the US. We can improve our performance by funding skilled workforce development, enacting pro-growth tax policies and fixing regulations to lower costs of compliance and speed up permitting processes, while protecting public health and the environment. 

CMTA President Dorothy Rothrock also testified on the manufacturing agenda topics at this week's legislative hearing (click image to watch her 3 minute testimony):

 

We should be monitoring and addressing all the data points on manufacturing jobs and investments to inform our policy decisions:

Manufacturing jobs per capita in 2016

CA: 326 per 10,000 people

US: 381 

 

Percentage of US manufacturing investments in 2015

CA: 1.5% (no more than 2% since 2010)

 

Manufacturing job growth since 2010 

CA: 2.6% 

US: 7.0%

 

Percentage of U.S. reshored manufacturing jobs 2013 to 2015

CA: 1.1%

It’s exciting that our state is working hard to recruit manufacturing and that leaders are highlighting the state’s manufacturing economy. Let’s channel this momentum into a movement to catch-up to and even outpace the rest of the country with a California surge in new manufacturing jobs and investments. 

 





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