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.

Industry Report: Scaling Cannabis Manufacturing

In both Colorado and California, entrepreneurs have realized that cannabis manufacturing is not only one of the hottest economic sectors of the 21st century, but also one of the trickiest.


The Werc Shop

Founder and CEO Dr. Jeffrey Raber has pivoted from testing cannabis products to contract manufacturing, with dynamic results.


Axis Robotics

Founder Dave Kush is helping manufacturers leverage and integrate automation in an ever-evolving marketplace.


Swiss Productions

General Manager Timo Lunceford is guiding the machine shop to success in the medical industry through precision and innovation.


Vortex Engineering

President Michael Bice is looking to spark dynamic growth at the high-precision fabrication shop through diversification.


Border X Brewing

The Favela family has tapped into their Mexican heritage to brew savory craft beers infused with inspired ingredients.


RainMaker Solutions

Using magnets, founder Ed Jaeger innovated a better and safer way to improve hydration for motorcyclists.


Deering Banjo Company

Stars like Keith Urban and Steve Martin pick Greg Deering’s iconic banjos, hand-made instruments that shine a harmonic light on American manufacturing.


Signal Snowboards

CEO David Lee's innovative snowboard subscription program solves his seasonal sales limitations while catalyzing community.


Buddha Teas

Founder John Boyd is an importer, a manufacturer, and an industry educator -- a model for California's progressive food and beverage brands.