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Support CMTA's MFG Maker Breaker grassroots program

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

The California State Legislature shuts down this Friday and CMTA has approximately 12 "MFG Maker Breaker" bills that will likely go to their respective floors for votes. Four bills are supported "Makers" and the rest are opposed "Breakers".  There is also important and developing wildfire legislation that will have impacts on utility ratepayers.

You can help us educate the Legislature with our simple tool and get updates simply by texting "mfgchamp" to 916-571-9360.

California manufacturing growth and the ability to make long term investments in the state is critical to our economic viability, and for the funding of our government programs. Supporting CMTA's MFG Maker Breaker grassroots program will help improve the state's manufacturing investment climate.  Opt in now!

 





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After 120 years CA's Jelly Belly still setting supply chain and efficiency example

Posted by Gino DiCaro, VP, Communications on Aug. 17, 2018

This week CompanyWeek and CMTA bring you a profile on California's iconic 120-year old Jelly Belly Candy Company.  Under the leadership of fifth generation CEO Lisa Brasher the company is expanding into new markets and categories, requiring new supply chain efficiencies, and remains an international powerhouse among the confectionery industry.

Jelly Belly produces a whopping 15 billion jelly beans a year.  With more than 100 flavors, including a line of organic beans, the company needed to improve efficiencies to keep up with delivery times. "We don't limit our commitment to innovation to candy making," says Brasher. "We extend this to the supply chain too. Over the years, we have developed new relationships with vendors from ingredient suppliers, to shipping and logistics, to keep our company running as efficiently as possible. In the last few years, we have worked with a third-party logistics provider to improve delivery times to the Midwest and East Coast. Gone are the days of three to five days to deliver to these accounts, and that improves our retailers' businesses and ours."

Just like so many California manufacturers Jelly Belly and Brasher are constantly improving its supply chain, but Brasher also uses technology to find efficiencies elsewhere in the system. "We look for opportunities across the board to improve efficiency by investing in technology," says Brasher. "For example, we have further automated our packaging process by developing a number of different package types, all with different needs to pack efficiently. Automation has allowed us to improve accuracy and output. Ultimately, it doesn't matter if we can produce 1,700 Jelly Belly beans per second if we can't pack them up and ship them out in a timely and cost-productive way."

Here are a few opportunities and challenges before Jelly Belly:

Challenges: "The candy industry faces the well-known challenge of obesity," says Brasher. "We are upfront about the fact that we make candy, but we think that by being transparent about our products and giving consumers options in terms of smaller package sizes, we can empower them to make the best choices for themselves and their families."

The price of sugar in the U.S. is another challenge, she adds. "We pay significantly more for sugar than we would on the open market. We are working with industry leaders to talk to our political representatives about this issue. Spending less on sugar could allow us to expand, hire more employees, and reinvest in our American manufacturing."

Opportunities: "We are always looking for new opportunities for growth. We have expanded lines into sports nutrition with our Sport Beans product, and entered the organic category with Organic Jelly Beans and Fruit Flavored Snacks," says Brasher. "We also look for ways to be innovative in how we connect with consumers. We recently updated both of our North American tours with new 4K videos and interactive exhibits. Reinvesting in a tour seen by three-quarters of a million people each year lets us stay fresh and relevant."

Needs: "As we continue to invest in automation, we need skilled mechanics and journeymen to maintain the equipment," says Brasher. "We have found that many of our friends in the industry face the same need for qualified mechanics. It is an in-demand skill." .... READ MORE ON COMPANYWEEK CA

 

 





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CA super tort lawsuits setting dangerous national precedent

Posted by Gino DiCaro, VP, Communications on Aug. 13, 2018

More than 1.3 million Californians work in manufacturing and more than twelve million men and women nationally. We simply can't undermine the fairness of our nation’s legal system, our manufacturing base, and our economy with the emerging and baseless "super tort" lawsuits that have come to the fore in California. To that end, the National Association of Manufacturers' Lindsey de La Torre of their Manufacturing Accountability Project wrote an elucidative piece this week for California Political Review on the impact of these lawsuits and the need for the U.S. Supreme Court to consider and hear these cases - primarily the ongoing lead paint case - to shut the door on this dangerous precedent.


Baseless Lawsuits May Begin and End with California  --   By Lindsey de la Torre - Executive Director of NAM's Manufacturers Accountability Project.

August 10, 2018

Californians may not know it, but their courts are creating an unprecedented “super tort” that could be used against anyone that makes and sells a lawful product. Today, it is paint and tomorrow it could be you or your company.

In February, California’s Supreme Court surprised many experts by declining to review a high-profile case against paint and pigment makers that has been in the state’s court system since the early 2000s. In unprecedented rulings, the lower courts are making three companies pay more than a billion dollars to remove lead paint from all private homes built before 1951 across 10 California counties. The only option left for the companies is to take the case to the U.S. Supreme Court.

To some, this may not sound like a case of national importance, but it is. Lawsuits that seek to pursue businesses for money, regardless of wrongdoing, have been tried for four decades. In the past, state courts have stopped this including in Rhode Island, New Jersey and Illinois. This case is the first time a state high court has allowed this type of deep pocket jurisprudence to stand ... READ MORE ON CA POLITICAL REVIEW





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Nominations now open for 2019 STEP awards for Women in MFG

Posted by Gino DiCaro, VP, Communications on Aug. 10, 2018

CMTA is excited to announce that The Manufacturing Institute's 2019 STEP Ahead Award nominations are now open.

The National Association of Manufacturers' (NAM) Manufacturing Institute designed the STEP Ahead initiative to honor women who have demonstrated excellence and leadership in science, technology, engineering and production (STEP) careers. They hold positions at all levels of manufacturing, from the factory floor to the C-suite and illustrate the widespread impact women have on shaping the industry, whether they are running the company, designing the next big product or testing innovations on the shop floor.

All champions of the manufacturing industry should share this opportunity with their networks and nominate a female peer or colleague so that we can inspire the next generation.

In 2019, the Institute will honor 100 women and 30 Emerging Leaders, a category introduced to recognize women under the age of 30 who have achieved unique accomplishments at the start of their careers.

Visit www.themanufacturinginstitute.org/nominate to nominate someone before the nomination period closes on October 5, 2018.

For any questions or more information, download the Nominations Guide Toolkit or contact the Institute’s STEP Ahead team at STEPahead@nam.org.





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Site Selection magazine wants survey responses on business friendliness

Posted by Gino DiCaro, VP, Communications on Aug. 6, 2018

Site Selection Magazine is working on their annual piece ranking every state's business friendliness.  It's important for California manufacturers to help provide a picture of their challenges and benefits to operating in the state.  Your answers will remain anonymous but will go a long way in painting an accurate picture of what it's like to manufacture a product in California.  Please respond to Gary Daughters at Site Selection Magazine at gary.daughters@conway.com or 770-662-8950 if you can respond to some or all of the following questions:

  1. What part of the state are you in?
  2. What are two top attributes to your company’s location?
  3. What would you change about the business climate where you are?
  4. Has leaving California ever been an option for your company?
  5. How many people do you employ?
  6. What were your reasons for choosing to locate where you are?
  7. Would you be willing to participate in a telephone interview on the business climate where you are?




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