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CMTA Open House ignites the Capitol community

Posted by Lance Hastings, President on Jan. 28, 2019

Last week CMTA hosted its annual Open House to welcome legislators, Administration officials, industry partners and other friends of manufacturing. A heartfelt thank you from the CMTA team to everyone who joined us to network and reconnect in the early weeks of what will be a busy year!

#CAmfg and #MakingCA will be up front and center in the Capitol in 2019.





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Six rankings indicating California's investment climate

Posted by Gino DiCaro, VP, Communications on Jan. 25, 2019

Site Selection Magazine recently released its “State of the States” report, a guided tour of economic development laws, leaders, policies, indicators and projects from last year. The compendium includes six rankings for each state in the following (with California’s rank in parentheses):

  • (49th) Business Tax Climate
  • (1st)  Higher Education
  • (19th) National Career Readiness Certificates
  • (49th) Workers’ Compensation Premium Rate
  • (47th) Industrial Electricity Power Costs
  • (42nd) Fiscal Condition Index

These are some of the critical datapoints and indicators that drive specific site selection for companies looking to scale up long-term manufacturing across the country. The low rankings certainly play a role in California’s lag in the national manufacturing resurgence. There is no doubt we are highly successful at researching and developing and innovating products, with our tremendous University institutions, but we must make what innovate. It's time to improve California's business climate for long term manufacturing investment and to make way for the economic opportunites that come with those investments.

Link to California's report

Link to State of the States clearinghouse of 50 states





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As we close out 2018, an update on CA MFG job gains vs the Country

Posted by Gino DiCaro, VP, Communications on Jan. 18, 2019

Californa gained about 1,400 new manufacturing jobs in December 2018 according to numbers released by the Labor Market Information Department on Friday. California saw some good gains in 2018 but we are still getting outpaced by the country by a substantial margin. As you see below, our clip of manufacturing job growth is 5.6 percent versus the country's 13.2 percent. Further, our largest industrial county has declined by 7.3 percent in manufacturing job growth.

 





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CMTA's 2019 magazine rings in the new year

Posted by Gino DiCaro, VP, Communications on Jan. 7, 2019

We look back at 2018’s progress and challenges and forward to 2019’s tremendous potential with a new Governor and new momentum for California manufacturing. CMTA's new leader Lance Hastings is refocusing our efforts on ensuring that California’s environment supports the state's skilled workers and manufacturing investment growth, and he is also renewing CMTA's sense of urgency and service for our members. Don’t hesitate to call us for help (staff list).

Our annual California Manufacturers magazine just landed in mail boxes and it provides a good snapshot of all that is going on in CMTA's world, along with a theme that centers around the modern manufacturing supply chain.

We cover new laws and regulations being debated in Sacramento and help find ways for you to compete and win. We also profile companies that exemplify the best qualities of California manufacturers. Northrop Grumman’s long supply chain is even featured this year. You’ll also find statistics on the current state of California manufacturing, an article on the new Apprenticeship model for workforce development, and some highlights of NAM’s new online tool to find manufacturing suppliers - The Manufacturers Marketplace. And much more! You can use the links below to see articles online or you can check out the magazine you received in the mail.
 

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New CMTA President focusing on a promise of manufacturing

Posted by Gino DiCaro, VP, Communications on Dec. 15, 2018

Last week the Orange County Register published new CMTA President Lance Hastings' inaugural op ed on his commitment to working toward the promise of new manufacturing opportunities in California. It's the first of many pieces that will seek to illuminate the ultra economic benefits of manufacturing, the challenges to new manufacturing investment in California, and CMTA's solutions and ideas to turn the state's long held dream into a promise. 

Make California's Dream a Promise

By Lance Hastings in the OC Register -- December 14, 2018

California has always evoked dreams of new adventures and opportunities that couldn’t be found elsewhere. Those of us who are lucky enough to call it our home hold on to the dream of a wonderful future that only the Golden State can provide.

Many of the hallmarks that attracted millions of people are still present: fantastic climate, beautiful Pacific shores and majestic mountains. Early settlers flocked to the state in pursuit of gold and a new, prosperous future. Hollywood and the movie industry shared an elegance that was the envy of the world. In the 1980’s and 90’s aerospace and high tech manufacturing were plentiful and grew at record paces, providing much of the middle class with home ownership and a college education for their kids.

Now in 2019, almost two centuries after California became a state, we continue to lead the country in innovation but the production of our own inventions is falling short. New clean and exciting manufacturing facilities are simply growing quicker elsewhere. California is still the largest manufacturing state in the country but this doesn’t tell the whole story. Los Angeles County in southern California for example lost 7 percent of its manufacturing core since 2010 while the rest of the country grew by more than 12 percent. That means more than 25,000 southern California middle class families lost out on the dream that manufacturing could have provided. ... READ MORE AT THE OC REGISTER





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