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.

Modern Times Beer

COO Chris Sarette is helping to guide the craft brewery to dynamic growth with a focus on multiple taprooms and regional wholesale.

TransAutomation Technologies

President Phillip Meilbeck sees automation as the great equalizer for California manufacturers.


Operations Manager Jared Murnan is running California's first mover in 3D printing services in SF's Dogpatch neighborhood.

Symbia Logistics

CEO Megan Smith is guiding the pallet-manufacturing titan back into logistics and distribution for some of the biggest names in retail.


VP of Operations Jim Wilson is steering the crowdfunded apparel pioneer to new manufacturing models.

Heritage Woodworks

With a combined 50 years of experience, Founding Directors Jon-Paul Ragusa and Kelsey Koppenhaver utilize artisan craftsmanship to create unique furniture and cabinetry.

Nature’s Flavors

Founder and President Bill Sabo manufactures natural flavorings for a diverse market spanning bakeries, dairies, soda makers, and breweries.


CEO Jonathan Hollander is reinventing composites manufacturing with an eye on the automotive mass market.

Custom Seating Mfg.

Founder and President Joel Rivera employs a streamlined approach for manufacturing furnishings for the restaurant trade.


Co-founder Daniel Kurzrock is upcycling spent grain from breweries into snack bars, with a plan to disrupt the food manufacturing supply chain.