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.


Founder and CEO Cassy Burnvoth is using tallow -- or beef fat, for the uninitiated -- to manufacture naturally effective moisturizers, deodorants, and "Fat Sticks."

RDM Industries

CEO and President Jaz Manak has breathed new life into the innovative manufacturer of plastic packaging solutions.


Co-founders Erla Dögg Ingjaldsdóttir and Tryggvi Thorsteinsson are manufacturing zero-waste construction materials that allow for smoother build-outs.


Co-founder John Huber has implemented a manufacturing strategy for his company's innovative nutbutters that dovetails into online marketing.

Rideable Bicycle Replicas

Owner Greg Barron manufactures bicycles inspired by the models of the 1800s, with most parts made in-house.

Allied Wheel

President Bruce Higginson is steering the wheels manufacturer to dominance in off-road racing and the automotive aftermarket.

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.


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