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More than 240 CA manufacturers & institutions opened their doors for National MFG Day

Posted by Gino DiCaro, VP, Communications on Oct. 9, 2018

Thank you to the more than 240 California manufacturers and institutions that opened their doors last Friday for National Manufacturing Day (#MFGDay18). The number of events in California continues to grow each year and we're proud our members are stepping up to show off the state's manufacturing chops. CMTA attended a few of the events and we are compiling pictures and summaries from many events around the state to share with you. If you would like a picture or comment to be included from one of your own events please email to

The seventh annual Manufacturing Day drew nearly 3,000 events across the country. Thousands of students, parents, and teachers learned about the rewarding careers that manufacturing offers, and experienced first-hand about the high-tech innovations in 21st century manufacturing.

Manufacturing Day occurs on the first friday of every October and it is a celebration of modern manufacturing meant to inspire the next generation of manufacturers. It is an incredible opportunity to showcase the amazing work manufacturers do on a daily basis and to educate students, community members, media and policymakers on how integral manufacturing is to the local, national and global economy.

Manufacturing Day expands knowledge and improves public perception about manufacturing by giving manufacturers an opportunity to open their doors and show, in a coordinated effort, what manufacturing really is. Visit to learn more.

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CA continues to lag US in MFG growth, LA county even worse

Posted by Gino DiCaro, VP, Communications on Oct. 1, 2018

Manufacturing’s vital contributions to the California economy are far out of proportion to its shrinking share of employment. 

California’s manufacturing sector boasts $87k average wages (2017), more than $288 billion in output (2017), a higher share of workers without a college degree than economy overall, and tremendous economic ripple effects from long supply chains and economic activity.

California is still the largest manufacturing state in the country with more than 1.3 million workers but given the state’s size, that doesn’t tell the whole story.  

With all of the benefits California reaps from manufacturing, it remains that the state simply is not keeping pace with the national resurgence. This is evident in California manufacturing job growth, investment growth and reshores as a percentage of the the rest of the country.  Manufacturing job growth in particular shows a 5 percent increase since 2010 in California, while the country grew at more than 11 percent. Further some of the regions that need manufacturing opportunities the most are seeing dismal manufacturing growth rates (See L.A. in chart). We simply can and must do better.

Costs and predicability are often the largest challenges for manufacturers to make long-term investment decisions in California. Electricity rates alone are 86 percent higher for the industrial class and 49 percent higher for the commercial class. Workers' compensation premiums are the highest in the nation. California-specific laws that pop up every year often make it difficult to understand if a manufacturer can compete long-term in the state. These challenges and more have created an environment that makes it difficult for California’s robust innovation and R&D to scale up actual manufacturing facilities in the state.

CMTA continues to present these facts to the Legislature and the media and we hope you can join us in telling the tremendous story of manufacturing benefits and opportunities, as well as the challenges of competing in California.

Below is an updated chart of manufacturing growth, with the percentage for the state's largest manufacturing region -- LA -- included.

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211 CA MFG Day events set for this Friday

Posted by Gino DiCaro, VP, Communications on Sept. 29, 2018

There are 211 registered California events for this year's Manufacturing Day on Oct. 5.  CMTA is proud to announce that 10 CMTA members will be opening their doors and headlining this year's big day. Those members include:

  • Alom 
  • Betts 
  • Bishop Wisecarver 
  • InTech (A California Steel supported  institution)  
  • Dow Chemical 
  • Northrop Grumman
  • General Motoros 
  • Grow Manufacturing Initiative
  • Sacramento Valley Manufacturing Initiative 



Check out the more than 30 MFG videos you can use to engage your audience, co-workers, and colleagues as we near the target date.

Here are a few particularly spectacular videos:

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


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SF-based Sufferfest manufacturing a healthier beer

Posted by Gino DiCaro, VP, Communications on Sept. 27, 2018

This week CompanyWeek and the CMTA Champions Series bring you a profile on one of California's small but very exciting new breweries looking at 200 percent growth in 2018. San Francisco based Sufferfest and its 18 employees make an incredible good-for-you beer for athletes and runners, even though you don't have to be in training to enjoy it.

A lifelong athlete and passionate trail runner, founder and CEO Caitlin Landesberg enrolled in a beer-making course because health issues had forced her to make a number of dietary changes a few years earlier -- including giving up beer because of its gluten content.

"I really missed the ritual of having a beer with friends at the end of a big athletic undertaking," she continues. "I'd bring different gluten-free beers and ciders I'd found at bottle shops to the finish line in my own cooler and try to share them around, but everyone had to choke them down. It was a really bummer moment, and nothing out there tasted at all like what I wanted for a finish line beer."

Landsberg says she decided to take on the venture because she realized she wasn't alone in her beer cravings after working out and that there was a great market if she could get this beer right.  With all of the company's growth and success it looks like she has found more than a pulse for this market, and a great opportunity for her employees. READ MORE ON COMPANYWEEK CA

Here are a few opportunities and challenges before Sufferfest:

Challenges: Simply put, Sufferfest's biggest current challenge is growing pains. The company brewed about 3,000 barrels in 2017, and Landesberg expects production to triple to about 9,000 barrels in 2018.

"In 2016, it was just me," she says. "Every year, we've added about four more people, and at that scale, that's pretty big growth for us." A Series A funding round in 2017 has sustained the company's expansion to this day, but Landesberg will be launching a Series B funding round this fall to help with the hiring of a larger sales and marketing team as well as capital to help with expansion in distribution.

"It's really fun to address the demand in new territories, but how we grow is the thing that keeps me up at night," Landesberg continues. "We need to continue to play to our strengths with being really high-touch and focusing on who it is that we think will really enjoy our promise and our product. I want to make sure we maintain the ability to represent our brand consistently."

Opportunities: "Functional beer is a massive space as a subcategory within healthy beer, and we're creating it," Landesberg says. "Based on the consumption, sales, and appetite of our own constituents, we believe it's a huge opportunity that no one has addressed." .... READ MORE ON COMPANYWEEK CA



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Need to find suppliers, or be found?

Posted by Gino DiCaro, VP, Communications on Sept. 24, 2018

Need to find suppliers?  Need to be found by other manufacturers looking for products?

Today's supply chains are getting more complex and it is increasingly difficult for specific products and processes to stand out at the right time in the right context.  For this reason CMTA has partnered with the National Association of Manufacturers to provide a database of manufacturers to connect one another to increase the supply chain pool and to grow the potential for lucrative contracts. The Manufacturing Marketplace is built for you.

The infographic below represents why you should give it a try.

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