Latest Champions of Manufacturing


CMTA has partnered with CompanyWeek (CW) California to share information on the state's premier small to mid size manufacturers. CW's featured companies are part of CMTA's Champions recognition program, intended to boost the image of California manufacturing and convince policymakers that manufacturing is the single best way to grow California’s economy and create high quality jobs.

These companies are committed to California and exemplify the high principles of economic growth, innovation, entrepreneurship, and commitment to their employees. Together the CMTA Champions program and CW's profiles displayed below demonstrate how California manufacturers make a positive impact on their industry sector, their employees and their communities.

Jelly Belly Candy Company

CEO Lisa Brasher is guiding the 120-year-old manufacturer of jelly beans into new categories and markets.


Acxess Spring

Founder and CEO Alfonso Jaramillo has disrupted spring manufacturing with innovative online tools.


J. Riley Distillery

Founder Jason Riley balances tradition and experimentalism at his upstart craft distillery.


Smirk’s

Nicholas Erker, president of the family-owned company, forecasts $40 million in sales for 2018.


Sherpa Adventure Gear

COO Tsedo Sherpa is building on her father's vision to create jobs and opportunities for the people of Nepal manufacturing unique outdoor apparel.


Hutchins Manufacturing

The Hutchins family has been manufacturing the gold standard for sanders and finishers for more than 60 years.


Metro Lighting

Husband-and-wife co-founders Lawrence Grown and Christa Rybczynski are fusing a craft aesthetic and sustainable practices in their eye-catching lighting.


Ocean Aero

CEO Eric Patten is making waves with the upstart robotics company's unmanned marine vessels.


Summerset Grills

Founder and CEO Jeff Straubel balances domestic and offshore manufacturing to create a notably broad catalog.


Garner Holt Productions

Garner Holt started his eponymous company as a teenager. More than 40 years later, it's the largest manufacturer of animatronics on the planet.