A look at growth in manufacturing and other sectors vs. the U.S.

Posted by Gino DiCaro, Vice President, Communications on Aug. 22, 2014

In light of 4,600 new California manufacturing jobs reported in July, we thought we'd take a look at how some of the largest job sectors were doing against the rest of the country since we began to come out of the recession in 2010.  The CMTA chart below shows each sector's growth and average salary in both California and the U.S. It also shows the percentage of the private sector job base that each of these sectors account for in California.  In total it shows our state needs to find ways to attract more manufacturing.  Upticks like we saw in July are promising but California must keep it up.

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Help inspire a new generation of manufacturing on Oct. 3

Posted by Gino DiCaro, Vice President, Communications on Aug. 21, 2014

Last year, more than 830 events (and more than 60 in California) were held in manufacturing facilities across the nation to highlight the sector’s tremendous benefits.

CMTA is pleased to once again join the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) and support Manufacturing Day 2014 on Friday, October 3. We need the participation and support of manufacturers, students and teachers to help inspire a new generation of manufacturers and connect with communities by doing the following.

If you are a manufacturer:

  1. Host an event on October 3. Register your event at www.mfgday.com
  2. Tweet your best facility photo (even if you can't host an event) on October 3 with the double hashtag #CA #MFGday. We will announce our winner to statewide media again this year and your company will be considered to be recognized as one of CMTA’s next Champions of Manufacturing.

If you are a student or teacher of a hands-on or career technical education course:

  1. Tweet your best course photo on October 3 with the double hashtag #CActe #MFGday. We will announce course winner to statewide media.

Manufacturing Day provides manufacturers a unique opportunity to expand the knowledge about the great benefits of a career in manufacturing and demonstrate our industry’s value to the U.S. and California economy. Companies can also use this day to educate their communities on the services and goods they manufacture. Whether through a plant tour for community partners or an open meeting with your company’s leadership and elected officials, Manufacturing Day is a great way for you to increase public awareness of the manufacturing industry.

Be sure to check out NAM’s Manufacturing Day Host Toolkit to see all the best practices and sample ideas that will help you plan a great event this year.

For more information on hosting an event, please contact NAM's 
Jeanine Arnett
(202) 637-3121.

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Champions campaign comes to San Fernando Valley

Posted by Gino DiCaro, Vice President, Communications on Aug. 15, 2014

The word is spreading on CMTA's Champions of Manufacturing campaign.  This week the San Fernando Valley business Journal printed the following piece on our initiative to highlight the tremendous benefits of California manufacturing, and to attract our fair share by building an army of workers, students, employers, citizens and groups to support our great industry's cause.  You can sign up to be a supporter here in the red box at the top.

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CMTA Champion Parallax keeps trailblazing

Posted by Gino DiCaro, Vice President, Communications on Aug. 12, 2014

One of CMTA's recently recognized Champions of Manufacturing, Parallax, out of Rocklin, California did something almost unheard of this week in the industry.  They opened up their source code design for their leading edge micro-controller so the rest of the world could benefit from their innovation. 

Parallax made a splash and released their design at the world renowned DEFCON conference in Las Vegas.

“There’s a trend toward open source," Parallax CEO Ken Gracey told a Sacramento Bee reporter in an interview just before the convention started. “You’ve seen it in software. It’s also true in hardware. People right now want to buy things they can see into, and where they feel there’s no hidden intellectual property."

You can read more here in the Sacramento Bee. CMTA is proud to have recognized Parallax in June for its innovation and commitment to its California workers. Congratulations, Parallax. Again!


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CA Champions of Manufacturing videos now available for syndication

Posted by Gino DiCaro, Vice President, Communications on Aug. 1, 2014

Last month, CMTA launched its new Champions of Manufacturing program to put the spotlight on innovative California companies and their talented employees. 

CMTA recognized its first seven Champion companies at an inaugural Summit in Sacramento. Each companies' efficient operations, innovative products and loyal employees showcase why manufacturing growth is so important to Californias future. 

The videos of the companies, leadership and employee speeches and introductions by host Adam Carolla can be seen at the new Champions webpage. You can access each company's video specifically at the links below. You can also syndicate the video using the tools attached to each video.



What it means to be a Champion:

Manufacturing Champion Companies
The Champions recognition program honors positive contributions by manufacturing companies who are committed to California and exemplify the high principles of economic growth, innovation, entrepreneurship, and commitment to their employees. CMTA plans to honor at least five "Champions of Manufacturing” companies each year. We want to demonstrate how California manufacturers make a positive impact on their industry sector, their employees and their communities. If a company is interested in applying to be recognized they must be nominated through their local economic development group or their local industrial group.

Manufacturing Champion Partners
We have assembled a growing statewide network of Manufacturing Champion partners to help spread our message. Our partners include regional manufacturing associations, local economic development agencies, cities, counties, institutions of higher education and workforce training organizations. We will actively work with our partners to seek out and distribute videos and stories featuring positive messages about California manufacturers and their workers.

Manufacturing Champions Individuals
We are building a statewide army of Manufacturing Champions to join us in the belief that a brighter future for California depends on healthy, growing manufacturing companies. A Manufacturing Champion can be anyone: small, medium and large manufacturers; manufacturing workers and their families; company executives; suppliers; concerned citizens; government officials; and students.

If you want California manufacturers to make multi-million dollar investments in California and hire thousands of workers to create innovative and exciting new products, then you are a Champion of Manufacturing.

If you want students and parents to learn about the tremendous opportunities for exciting careers in manufacturing, research & development, industrial arts, and skilled technical work, then you are a Champion of Manufacturing.

If you want California to lead America’s Manufacturing Renaissance with homegrown California manufacturers who combine innovation, energy efficiency, productivity, sustainability and high-wage middle class jobs, then you are an individual Champion of Manufacturing. Sign up in the red box in the upper right corner of CMTA.net for alert and champs updates, and tell your manufacturing friends!

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