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Manufacturers can make a difference in the Capitol

Posted by Gino DiCaro, VP, Communications on July 3, 2017

CMTA never stops fighting for manufacturers in California's Legislature and regulatory agencies. One of the biggest challenges is keeping advocacy at the forefront of manufacturers’ thoughts and actions throughout the year.  We need manufacturers to engage on the most pressing issues in the Capitol so policymakers hear from the companies that invest in California and high wage jobs. We encourage active participation in CMTA's Champion advocacy engagement campaigns that range from contacting a legislative office or simply tweeting your company's concerns over an issue.

This week you should show your support for cost-effective climate change policy and a well-designed cap-and-trade system.  There will be an important vote soon on cap-and-trade and we need a chorus of manufacturers driving home the necessity of cost effectiveness in reaching California's new and demanding 2030 climate change goals. 

Click below to watch our 1-minute video on cap and trade and engage on the issue.





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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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Manufacturing innovation awards on Nov. 4!

Posted by Gino DiCaro, VP, Communications on Oct. 28, 2016

CMTA was honored to be on the Advanced Manufacturing selection committee for a new awards program for the nine-county Sacramento region. On November 4, the 2016 Sacramento Region Innovation Awards will recognize significant innovations and the innovators and local companies that brought them to fruition.

Going through the difficult judging process we saw firsthand that the region's industry is world class, bringing leading edge research & development, good jobs and economic growth. 

The Advanced Manufacturing category finalists are: 

The program was founded by the law firm of Stoel Rives LLP, which has had similar award programs in Utah and Idaho. The Sacramento Business Journal is the program’s media sponsor and  Moss Adams LLP serves as the official CPA vote tabulator.

Join us in honoring the finalists and naming the winners at a luncheon ceremony at Sacramento's Doubletree Hotel on Friday, November 4th. See all the finalists and reserve your seat for the awards luncheon through the Sacramento Business Journal: http://bizj.us/1nu1x4  
 
You can also follow the hashtag #SacInnov8Awards for continued information on the program.
 
 
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Award nominations were reviewed by a panel of approximately 50 experts from local business, technology and academic communities.  

The following “Selection Committees” will carefully reviewed the nominations during a seven-week evaluation process. 

ADVANCED MANUFACTURING

  • Steve Mills, Partner, DCA Capital Partners
  • Gino DiCaro, Vice President of Communications, California Manufacturing & Technology Association (CMTA)
  • Tony Lopez, Vice President of Operations, Pride Industries
  • John Krueger, Executive VP, Greater Sacramento Area Economic Council

FOOD & AGRIBUSINESS

  • Kristy Levings, Director, AgStart
  • Joe Schmidt, Senior VP Business Development & Strategy, BioConsortia, Inc.
  • Ana Klien, VP & CFO, Sunsweet Growers Inc.
  • Julie Morris, Director of Technology Innovation, World Food Center at UC Davis
  • Trish Kelley, Senior Vice President, Valley Vision
  • Helen Singmaster, General Counsel, Raley's
  • Ryan Sharp, Associate Director, Venture Catalyst, UC Davis
  • Ashish Malik, VP of Global Marketing, Biologics, CropScience Division, Bayer CropScience LP
  • Melissa Jones, Office Managing Partner, Stoel Rives LLP [non-voting liaison]

HARDWARE & ELECTRONICS

  • Harry Laswell, CEO, Powerhouse Science Center
  • Binda Mangat, President/CEO, Quorum Technologies, Inc.
  • Amit Gattani, Senior Director of Segment Marketing, Embedded Solutions Group,
  • Micron Technology, Inc.
  • Norman White, Senior Attorney, Intel
  • Robb Moore, CEO, ioSafe
  • Tim Keller, Project Coordinator, Area 52 / Sierra Energy

MEDICAL AND HEALTH TECHNOLOGY & SERVICES - supported by MedStart

  • John Caterham, CEO, Social Interest Solutions
  • John Mesic, M.D., Physician Executive, Sutter Health Valley Area
  • Cary Adams, JD, CEO, MedForce Accelerator / Almond Tree Capital
  • Claire Pomeroy, M.D., MBA, President and CEO, Albert and Mary Lasker Foundation, Former Dean of the UC Davis School of Medicine
  • Warren Smith, Ph.D., Professor, Electrical & Electronic Engineering Department, California State University, Sacramento
  • Simon Cherry, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Biological Engineering, University of California, Davis
  • Howard Bubb, CEO, SARTA
  • Zack Schmidt, CEO, SureClinical
  • Chris Wood, Senior Director, Mercy Neurological Institute , Dignity Health
  • Chris Gresens, M.D., Senior Medical Director and Vice President of Global Medicine , BloodSource
  • Dushyant Pathak, Associate Vice Chancellor, Office of Research, Executive Director Venture Catalyst, UC Davis
  • Matt Phillips, Director, MedStart, Social Interest Solutions
  • Meg Arnold, Principal, GSD Consulting
  • Matt Bethards, Stoel Rives LLP [non-voting liaison]

SOFTWARE

  • Roger Akers, Managing Partner, Akers Capital LLC
  • Laura Good, Consultant, Laura Good Consulting Services
  • Vaibhav Nadgauda, Partner, Moneta Ventures
  • Corley Phillips, Director, Sacramento Entrepreneurship Academy
  • Brandon Weber, Founder, The Urban Hive
  • Kim Box, Director, American River Bank
  • Mark Otero, Electronic Arts
  • John Peters, Angel Investor

SUSTAINABILITY

  • Todd Lindstrom, CEO, Enable Energy
  • Gary Simon, Chairman, CleanStart, Inc.
  • Nicole England, Teichert Construction
  • Erica Manuel, Manager: Community, Economic Development & Education, SMUD
  • John Bissell, CEO, Micromidas, Inc.
  • Chris Russell, Partner, Stoel Rives LLP [non-voting liaison]

 

 





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MFG workers at CMTA's next Champion company say it all!

Posted by Gino DiCaro, VP, Communications on Aug. 18, 2016

Two comments we heard this week from long-time employees at a Valley manufacturer exemplify how California manufacturing is blistering through new innovations and technologies for very traditional manufacturing processes and providing tremendous opportunities for workers.

The employees work for our next Manufacturing Champion company to be announced in October on #MFGday16 and in our annual magazine. 

The quotes were so good, we thought we’d share in anticipation:

“We appreciate the opportunity to learn new skills. Not long ago, for example, the company sent me along with a team of engineers to Ohio to learn about the robotic welder. After I came back I handled all of the electrical for it. Since then, we’ve added new presses, modified other machines, and upgraded other technology. We’re not stagnant or set on one direction. We’re always innovating.”

"There’s no lack of improvement here. We’re always thinking of ways to make better use of our time and improve our productivity. I’m always adapting and learning, and learning from other employees.”





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New leadership at northern California's Tri Tool is good for California

Posted by Gino DiCaro, VP, Communications on Jan. 22, 2016

CMTA Champion manufacturer Tri Tool, out of Ranch Cordova, announced this week that Dr. George J. Wernette, President and Jerri Wernette, Executive Vice President, will be turning over the day-to-day operations of their company to their son George J. (Joe) Wernette III as Chief Executive Officer.

This is a great opportunity for CMTA to congratulate Joe and the entire Tri Tool operation. As seen previously in our Champion recognition video, this company embodies the best that manufacturing has to offer -- innovation, technology and tremendous opportunities for its workers. Joe's ascension gives us great hope that the company, and its supply chains, will continue to grow in the region. 

Joe has been with the company for 30 years and according to Jerri Wernette, "has had every job imagineable." Joe has established ground-breaking implementation of mass production of precision tool bits, taking a lead role in the development of next-generation orbital welding equipment, and most recently his work on corporate restructuring and his plan to usher in an unprecedented level of advanced product development.

With 120 workers and tremendous innovation, delivering exceptional machining and welding equipment for customers worldwide, Tri Tool, along with its new CEO Joe Wernette, is a gem for northern California and represents exactly why our policymakers must find ways to help these companies compete and grow in California.

 

 





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