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Update: MFG Day up to 94 CA events now!

Posted by Gino DiCaro, VP, Communications on Aug. 28, 2017

There are now 94 California events registered so far for MFGDay 2017.  (updated from 77 last week)

MAKE SURE YOU OPEN YOUR FACILITIES FOR "MFGDay" ON OCTOBER 6, 2017 so California can eclipse last year's 180 total. REGISTER AN EVENT HERE.


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 what your options are for hosting an event, how to get people to your event, or how you can make MFG DAY work for your company, Go HERE.



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CA can lead the Nation this MFG Day - Oct. 6

Posted by Gino DiCaro, VP, Communications on Aug. 21, 2017

If you’ve visited lately, you may have noticed that the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) has taken charge of Manufacturing Day, giving it a renewed energy and focus as the national celebration heads into its sixth year.


Manufacturing in the United States faces all sorts of roadblocks, but many manufacturers say the lack of a skilled workforce is their largest hurdle. A recent report from the Manufacturing Institute and Deloitte shows that over the next decade, nearly three and a half million manufacturing jobs likely need to be filled and the skills gap is expected to result in 2 million of those jobs going unfilled. Manufacturing is not just critical to the U.S. and California economy -- it is also a way of life and an integral component of our national identity. This talent shortage threatens manufacturers’ ability to innovate, create jobs and compete in the global marketplace.

That is why CMTA is supporting the sixth annual Manufacturing Day on Friday, October 6, 2017. Manufacturing Day is a national event where manufacturers in the U.S. open their doors to show that 21st century manufacturing is a high-skilled, sleek, technology-driven industry that offers good-paying jobs and fuels the economy. Manufacturing Day is the perfect time to draw attention to the outstanding opportunities that a manufacturing career can provide and give future talent firsthand experience with the real world of manufacturing.

Last year, more than 2,800 events were held in all 50 states. CMTA was proud that California manufacturers hosted more than 180 of those events, eclipsing our 2015 number of 120. CMTA participated by attending events and honoring our 2016 Champions Betts Spring, and this year we intend to announce another Manufacturing Champion, maybe two!

We want to increase the number of hosted events this year to continue the day's incredible success and growth. Currently Califonia has 65 companies and institutions registered to host 67 MFGDay events. We will update our readers regularly on the newest companies to register to host events leading up to October 6.

If you’re curious about what your options are for hosting an event, how to get people to your event, or how you can make MFG DAY work for your company, Go HERE.


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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. By opening lines to new markets the Marketplace can even help California manufacturers catch up with the rest of the country's manufacturing growth.

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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