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Renewed energy for MFG Day 2017 - Participate on Oct. 6!

Posted by Gino DiCaro, VP, Communications on May 22, 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.

To familiarize potential Hosts with MFG DAY, NAM is hosting two upcoming webinars.

Tuesday, May 23, 12 – 12:45 pm EST -- Register Now

Thursday, May 25, 1 – 1:45 pm EST -- Register Now

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, these webinars are great opportunities to learn from past successes and to ask questions.

And if you can’t make it to any of these live webinars, don’t worry — we’ll record them and share the best session after they wrap.





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ICYMI: Funding for career, technical training vital to fill skills gap

Posted by Dorothy Rothrock, President on May 22, 2017

In case you missed it, I penned the following piece that was printed in the San Diego Union Tribune last week (May 19), highlighting the need to ensure that interested students have the opportunities they deserve to join California's exciting advanced manufacturing economy.

Funding for career, technical training vital to fill skills gap -- by Dorothy Rothrock 

Every day we hear about manufacturers embracing exciting new technologies to become more streamlined, efficient and competitive. California’s innovative companies are adopting advanced manufacturing techniques to meet our stringent new environmental sustainability goals.

California needs a skilled workforce to perform all the jobs in our increasingly complex manufacturing economy. Trained machinists, electrical and mechanical technicians are already in high demand and can command middle class and better wages without a college degree. As one of the largest industrial states in the country, we need thousands of new workers to operate robots, manage data, and program computers to support manufacturing design, production and logistical systems. ... READ MORE ON SAN DIEGO UNION TRIBUNE





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Update: Most populous state in the U.S. attracts only 1.6% of reshored jobs

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

For the first time in decades, more manufacturing jobs are returning to the United States than are going offshore, but California, the most populous state in the Union, is struggling to compete for its share. Recently the Reshoring Initiative, based out of Kildeer Illinois, updated their cumulative numbers of reported reshored jobs since 2010 to include the year 2016.

While the country continues to benefit from a substantial amount of companies finding fertile ground back in the U.S., California only gained 1.6 percent of the total share. Specifically we attracted 5,229 jobs of the total 325,996*.  On a per capita basis, we attracted only 138.2 per 1 million people when the rest of the country reshored 1,165.3 per one million.  On a positive note, our percentage is up a bit from 1.1 percent in last year's 2013-2015 report.

You’ll find the data in charts #8 and #9 at their report here

*This is the reported number. The Initiative uses a formula for the larger total number in the narrative, which is 338,000. That would likely bring California’s percentage lower.

 

** This blog has been updated since it posted to reflect a mistake in the data time period. It was from 2013 to 2016, not 2010 to 2016. Also posted a chart.





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Cal Tax says: "Let's encourage manufacturing in CA"

Posted by Gino DiCaro, VP, Communications on April 30, 2017

Last week, as the Legislature heard two bills to extend and improve a California sales tax exemption on manufacturing equipment purchases, the California Taxpayers Association (Cal Tax) president wrote a great piece for the OC Register on the importance of encouraging manufacturing investment in California. Most states either don't tax the purchases in the first place or provide some level of exemption. If the state's exemption was allowed to sunset, it would create a competitive disadvantage in California's ability to attract investment for the high wage sector.  Cal Tax analyzed the state's current temporary exemption and found that every $1 dollar of incentive claimed has created $23 in return investment.  Cal Tax's piece below. Share it around where you can.

Let's encourage manufacturing in California 

by Teresa Casazza -- President, Cal Tax
(ran in OC Register April 27, 2017)

While discussing California’s loss of manufacturing jobs, a colleague once quipped that at the rate we’re going, the only factory jobs left in this state will be at The Cheesecake Factory.

We haven’t gotten to that point yet, but it is true that the Golden State has been losing manufacturing jobs to other states and countries, in large part because of the high cost of doing business in California.

Even native California companies are moving operations to other states. The latest is Aerojet Rocketdyne, the pioneering aerospace company that is eliminating 1,100 jobs in Sacramento and creating 800 jobs in Alabama. You don’t have to be one of Aerojet’s rocket scientists to know that California needs to improve its jobs climate.

In 2013, the Legislature and governor approved an economic development plan to attract and retain high-paying manufacturing and research-and-development jobs. This legislation has been good for our economy, and has the potential to be great with a few adjustments — tweaks included in twin bills, Assembly Bill 600 and Senate Bill 600, by Assemblyman Jim Cooper and Sen. Cathleen Galgiani, respectively... READ MORE ON OC REGISTER





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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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