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New one-of-a-kind digital marketplace to bolster manufacturers

Posted by Gino DiCaro, VP, Communications on June 19, 2017

CMTA and the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) have joined to debut the Manufacturers Marketplace, a new and first-of-its-kind digital marketplace featuring interactive listings and detailed information on more than 300,000 leading U.S. manufacturers.

The Manufacturers Marketplace is a valuable tool for manufacturing businesses in California. Whether California businesses are looking for partners down the street or across the country, the Marketplace will quickly help companies find the perfect partners. Most importantly, manufacturers in California need a resurgence to catch up with the rest of the country's manufacturing growth, and the Marketplace will help our state's sector grow.

The Marketplace works by including manufacturers of both large and small. As manufacturers access the Marketplace, they are prompted to search and then claim their listing. From there, registered users are prompted to expand their listings with detailed information, including additional locations, certifications, equipment, capacity and much more. As businesses add information to the listings, the Marketplace becomes an even more powerful tool — a tool that enables manufacturers of all sizes, sectors and points in the supply chain to find and be found, mitigate risk for their business and increase visibility among the largest pool of potential partners.

“Manufacturers in the United States need the best tools available to compete and win — and the Manufacturers Marketplace is unlike any resource the industry has to create new business and support more American jobs,” said Jay Timmons, NAM president and CEO. “What Google and Yahoo did for online searches, Manufacturers Marketplace will do for buyers and sellers in the manufacturing economy — whether they’re large or small firms. As only the NAM and our state partners can do, we’ve created the most comprehensive, simple to use and innovative industry network in the market.”

For more information on the Manufacturers Marketplace, visit CMTA members even get an exclusive 75 percent off the rack rate. 

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Support for Free trade and TPP more critical than ever

Posted by Gino DiCaro, VP, Communications on July 21, 2016

The National Association of Manufacturers' Linda Dempsey wrote a compelling blog after the first day of the Republican Convention on the RNC's omission of support for free trade in its platform. With this development it's even more important now for manufacturers to continue to support the Trans-Pacific Partnership and free trade agreements. Intro and link to Dempsey's blog below:

The Economic vs. Political Timetable and Agenda for Trade: What the Republican Platform Misses

There’s lots of news from the first day of the convention, but manufacturers are more concerned with a major omission by the Republican Party: a statement supporting the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). That’s one line worth repeating.

Manufacturers in the United States were happy to post production increases in June, but according to the NAM’s Chief Economist, Chad Moutray, “manufacturing activity remains quite challenged.”  Weak export numbers have contributed to these challenges as global demand remains underwhelming and competition from overseas continues to increase. Indeed, U.S. manufacturing exports are down $31 million in the first quarter of 2016 compared to two years ago ... READ MORE



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New manufacturing sustainability blog

Posted by Gino DiCaro, VP, Communications on July 1, 2016

The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) launched a new blog series this week, titled “Manufacturing a Sustainable Future" in an effort to show how technical innovations in manufacturing are improving our sustainability dramatically. Manufacturing growth and sustainability must co-exist and everyone should be aware of the trailblazing and voluntary efforts being made within the industry. 

California manufacturers lead the way in innovation, efficiency, and sustainability so we could not be more pleased with the focus on these initiatives.

In their inaugural post, CMTA member General Motors' Global Waste Reduction Manager John Bradburn highlights GM’s 131 landfill-free facilities and goal to achieve zero waste at all global plants. Through innovation and a commitment to sustainability, GM has turned waste into a resource in its manufacturing process.

We encourage you to share your story with NAM and/or CMTA so we can make sure manufacturing is seen as a large part of our sustainablitiy solutions.

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National outlook for manufacturing looks good in 2015

Posted by Gino DiCaro, VP, Communications on Jan. 23, 2015

This week the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) held their quarterly manufacturing update with their chief economist Chad Moutray. The national picture is definitely improving. Here are some of the highlights:

The Purchasing Managers Index showed U.S. expansion in 2014 (with a slight momentary decline in December).

Manufacturing's Gross Domestic Product grew by 2.4 percent in 2014. Expected growth in 2015 is 3.2 percent.

NAM's survey shows manufacturers are more upbeat on sales, investment and employment.

The four top policies manufacturers would like addressed:

  • Reduce regulatory burden – 82.8 percent
  • Slow entitlement spending – 79.2 percent
  • Pass comprehensive tax reform – 74.0 percent
  • Control healthcare costs – 73.7 percent

Eight of the top ten U.S. export markets are expanding. China and South Korea are not.

There has been sluggish growth in U.S. exports over the last two years but this looks to be improving.

Labor market is improving. 15,000 new manufacturing workers per month last year. We need to keep up that pace. We still have too much part-time and under employment.

The largest manufacturing growth sectors were transportation equipment, machinery, fabricated metals, non metallic minerals, and chemical industries.

The regions showing the most manufacturing growth are the Midwest, primarily Indiana, and the Southwest, primarily Texas.

Our housing market index is improving.

With the lack of inflation and other dynamics, the Federal Reserve will likely stop its “quantitative easing” in the middle of 2015 and interest rates will rise.

The nation's downside future risks included:

  • The global economy (slowing growth in China, sluggish growth in Europe and continued weakness in South America)
  • Labor market volatility
  • Higher interest rates
  • The overall political environment
  • The country’s strengthening dollar can also be a potential challenge for manufacturers

In times like these, California must take advantage of every opportunity to grow its manufacturing base beyond its 1.2 million workers. The sector is the foundation of our economy and the gateway to opportunities for our middle class. Domestic competitiveness to attract manufacturing investment should be our priority. (See LA Times on this issue this week)


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Caterpillar's CEO is manufacturing's ultimate champion

Posted by Gino DiCaro, VP, Communications on Oct. 15, 2014

This month CMTA member Caterpillar CEO Doug Oberhelman delivered an inspiring speech at the National Manufacturers Association’s (NAM) annual meeting as he retired as NAM’s Chairman of the Board.

Oberhelman helped transform NAM’s effort into a national manufacturing revolution, taking manufacturing issue advocacy and turning it into a broader and louder voice about clean, efficient, high paying, incredibly innovative factories. His and other's efforts have put NAM on a mission to convince lawmakers to be champions of growth and job creation in the country’s most important economic sector. Oberhelman has been a tremendous messenger that our economy and hard working families will thrive with more manufacturing.

Specifically in California, there is a growing acknowledgement of the value of manufacturing within the lawmaking and regulatory communities but we must channel the efforts of NAM and Oberhelman to help manufacturers compete and grow. California boasts about innovating, but as Oberhelman says, “products [only] become real when a manufacturer makes them.”

While the country is starting to grow and re-shore manufacturing, California is lagging the “revolution” by attracting only 1.5 percent of the country’s manufacturing investments in 2013. Just like NAM's efforts across the country, California must be "powerful, loud and clear." Below is a snippet from Oberhelman and you can download the entire speech here.

“The manufacturing revolution continues into the 21st Century because the same principle holds true for today’s inventions. Whether it’s 3D printers, hybrid vehicles or dual-fuel engines – these products only become real when a manufacture makes them.

“Now, there’s even better news. In the 21st Century, the revolution has expanded to how we manufacture. Highly skilled women and men operate the sophisticated controls and robotics that are now permanent fixtures on factory floors. We’re not just 100 years; we’re light-years beyond the early 20th Century, when parts moving along a conveyor belt was a marvel.

“We are constantly innovating and improving, making factories safer while at the same time using less energy, less water and creating less waste.

“We’re now in the midst of a sustainable manufacturing revolution, and we’re going to see even more innovative and amazing changes ahead. I can’t wait.

“For that and dozens of other reasons, I’m pretty sure you agree that the United States needs to remain a nation that builds and changes – now, as much as ever. And that manufacturers can help this great economy realize its full potential if we stick together and speak together.

“So, please be engaged and stay engaged!

“We need a unified, powerful voice to make sure government policies support manufacturing. The NAM is that voice: Powerful, loud, and clear. 


You can also see Oberhelman's video message (not his speech) by clicking the image below.

Oberhelman image

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