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Opportunity to tell the state how to improve your workforce

Posted by Gino DiCaro, VP, Communications on Oct. 12, 2018

California needs the manufacturing community's input to understand how our high schools can help graduates qualify for entry level positions in Machining and Forming Technologies careers. This is a great opportunity for the machining industry to collaborate with CDE to make sure the State can meet your future workforce needs. 

To facilitate collaboration the CA Department of Education (CDE) has set up a survey that will take approximately 15-20 minutes to complete and must be completed by Oct. 29.

The survey results will become the blueprint for the Machining and Forming Technologies State Assessment. Education Standards used by high school manufacturing and engineering programs to prepare California’s high school students for careers and college.

Full survey link: https://surveys2.cde.ca.gov/go/machiningformingstandards.asp





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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 tkent@cmta.net.

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 www.mfgday.com 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.

(click image for larger pdf)





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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
  • USS-POSCO
  • 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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CMTA takes positions on 2 Fall initiatives that impact manufacturers

Posted by Dorothy Rothrock, President on Sept. 7, 2018

The November 2018 ballot includes 12 measures for voters to consider. CMTA has taken a position on two of the measures, recommending that voters support Proposition 3 to issue a bond for the financing of water projects and oppose Proposition 10 to expand local governments’ authority to impose rent control ordinances. Each measure will have an impact on California manufacturing jobs and investments, as described here:

Proposition 3 creates an $8.87 billion general obligation bond to finance projects related to water, storage, conservation, quality and watershed protection and maintenance. During the recent multi-year drought in California, manufacturers were able to maintain operations by embracing water conservation, recycling and reuse practices. Despite these best efforts, as the economy and population grows in the coming years, the demands for water will increase and our ability to serve all residential, commercial, agriculture and manufacturing needs will be stretched. This funding, with the specific inclusion of storage and supply related projects, will help keep water flowing to maintain manufacturing projects and jobs for the long term. CMTA Supports Proposition 3

Proposition 10 repeals existing law and would allow local governments to impose rent control on previously exempt properties. High housing costs are a challenge for manufacturers who need skilled workers near plants and facilities, but imposing rent control is the wrong way to go. In fact, it is likely that rent controls would reduce the supply and availability of housing, encourage investments in other types of development, and ultimately increase prices. We should be asking our state legislators to work on more sensible and effective ways to increase the supply of housing and make rents and home purchases affordable for California families. CMTA Opposes Proposition 10





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