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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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7 things a manufacturer can do on MFG Day

Posted by Gino DiCaro, VP, Communications on July 16, 2018

There are 49 manufacturing events already registered in California for the National Association of Manufacturers' MFGDay on October 5, 2018.  We need to hit 150 to show California's manufacturing chops in 2018. 

Here are some some things you can do to make your MFG Day a success.

One of the most important things to do is to establish a connection with your guests. Those few hours you spend with them are your chance to communicate the importance of what you do — and the creativity, advanced skills and technology required to do it. Ideally, your passion will spark something similar in the young people who you introduce to manufacturing, inspiring them to learn more about the industry and one day join the manufacturing team.

Follow these seven rules of thumb to improve your chances of connecting with your guests and inspire the next generation of modern manufacturers.

1. DON’T ASSUME VISITORS KNOW ANYTHING ABOUT MANUFACTURING

In planning a good tour — especially when the intended audience members are primarily people with no manufacturing background — you have to start by creating a story of your company that anyone could understand.

How did your company get started?

What do you make? Who buys your products?

What do they do with them?

Keep explanations simple and free of industry jargon. Think storytelling with illustrations rather than textbooks packed with pages of small print.

 

2. YOU CAN’T SHOW EVERYTHING

The quickest way to lose the interest of your visitors is to try to show every bit of minutiae. Pick a few stops that represent key stages in the production process and allow you to demonstrate the progress a product makes through the shop.

What are the best places in the plant to give an overview of the production process and highlight the work of your people and machinery?

Where will visitors get the best view? Can they hear you?

Which of your team members are the most enthusiastic about their work and comfortable explaining what they do and why it is important to the process and the company?

These considerations should guide you in planning the tour.

 

3. CREATE A DISPLAY AND OFFER HANDS-ON EXPERIENCES

Of course you can’t allow visitors to get up close and personal with your machinery, but you could create a display that illustrates what a product looks like in various stages of completion, where they could be allowed to pick up and hold something they’ve seen made.

Maybe you even have something that one of your machines can make that they could take with them as a souvenir? (This doesn’t mean one of your production parts or finished products!)

 

4. CLEAN UP BEFORE YOUR VISITORS ARRIVE

No clutter, everything in its place, floors swept clean, a path through the shop is easy to follow.

Remember that part of the reason to invite visitors to Manufacturing Day events is to prove that manufacturing facilities are great places to work. First impressions count: What does your company look like as visitors approach from the parking lot? Let’s dispel the myths that manufacturing is dark, dirty and dangerous.

Also, make sure employees are dressed neat and clean on tour day and if they have a role to play in explaining things to your visitors, they should be wearing a name badge so that they can be addressed by name when there are questions.

 

5. CATER TO STUDENT VISITORS

Students are the workforce of the future. This is your opportunity to provide advice about the kinds of careers that your company offers, the type of training and educational coursework you seek when hiring employees. There is no better time to offer comments about opportunities available to dedicated workers with a professional attitude. If there are specific kinds of training or skills that you need and find it hard to hire for, let them know.

 

6. PUT UP A WELCOME SIGN

This is important both literally and figuratively. Put a sign on the door, shake hands with visitors, thank them for coming, and demonstrate your enthusiasm for the opportunity you have to share your company’s information with them.

 

7. SEND INVITATIONS

Manufacturing Day is a national celebration of the 12 million talented men and women who work in the industry. Who could you invite to share this celebration with you? Here are some ideas:

The families of your employees. If family events aren’t a common occurrence at your company, this is a perfect day to invite families to come and see where their family member works and learn what they do. Maybe you could do a special event just for family members at the end of the workday.

Your elected officials. Ever complain about the fact that your elected officials (local, state, federal) don’t make good choices as related to manufacturing? Invite them to come to your plant and see for themselves. Remember: Most elected officials have never set foot inside a manufacturing facility, which means you can educate them!

Potential customers. Give these folks a reason to want to do business with you. Invite them in on a day when they can see how great your organization is.

Current customers. Make Manufacturing Day your customer appreciation day. Your business service providers. When was the last time you were visited by your banker, insurance agent or accountant?

Media. Is there a local reporter who seems to have a serious interest in manufacturing? Invite them to visit your plant on Manufacturing Day. They are always looking for interesting stories to tell. Why not make it yours?

Youth organizations. Are you active in, or do you know someone who is active in the Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts or a similar youth organization? Invite them to visit your company as a field trip. Better yet, invite a school group.

 

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Changes to California’s Prop 65 abound – Watch May 3 webinar

Posted by Gino DiCaro, VP, Communications on April 24, 2018

On August 30, 2016, the California Office of Administrative Law approved California’s nearly three-year effort to overhaul Proposition 65’s longstanding warning regulations. The new regulations are a significant departure from the rules that companies have relied on for decades. Manufacturers must comply with new consumer product warnings by August 30, 2018, a change that could significantly impact your business. The National Association of Manufacturers, CMTA, and Crowell & Moring LLP are hosting an off-the-record webinar to discuss the impact that Prop 65's new regulatory requirements will have on California manufacturers.

This webinar will cover the important legal and practical issues specific to manufacturers, including:

  • Overview of Proposition 65
  • Consumer product warning regulatory deadlines
  • New consumer product warning content and methods
  • Technical and legal compliance best practices

 

 





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NAM's State of MFG tour coming to California!

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

The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) recently kicked off its 2018 State of Manufacturing Tour and comes to California this week, visiting numerous modern manufacturing facilities and schools along the way.

"The national manufacturing renaissance is occurring across the country and the nature of work is changing the way manufacturers operate, said CMTA president Dorothy Rothrock. “We are so excited to show off six of California’s many cutting edge modern manufacturers during the Tour."

During the Tour’s California stop on February 20 and 21, NAM president Jay Timmons and CMTA staff will join San Francisco and Silicon Valley manufacturers, SFMade, employees, students, media, community leaders and elected officials to discuss the rewarding opportunities in manufacturing across the country and the urgent need to build the modern manufacturing workforce.

The Tour will stop at a wide spectrum of state-of-the-art manufacturers including Ritual Roasters, Social Imprints, JUST (formerly Hampton Creek), Circa of America, NextFlex, and PACCAR.  You can either attend the events or you can watch the events on Facebook Live. Details here.

"Innovation is transforming the way manufacturers operate, and there is an urgent need for talented and skilled men and women on our shop floors and in our facilities working as coders, technicians, craftspeople, designers, marketers and so much mor, said NAM’s Jay Timmons. "Our focus on this tour is telling the story of modern manufacturing and the incredible opportunities we have for well-paying, rewarding careers.”

 

#StateofMFG  #CAmfg  #SFmade





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