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.

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.


DC Precision Machining

Founder Cuu Banh's contract manufacturer is a standout supplier to the medical and life science industries.


Swope Design Solutions

Brett Swopes’ engineering and product design firm prototypes for industries like bioscience and consumer products from the center of San Francisco’s SoMa district.


Virginia Park Foods

High demand and local sourcing have catapulted Manoj Venugopal’s food innovator from start-up to the leading gluten-free pasta manufacturer in the U.S.


Le Caramel

A chance meeting with one of the best caramel makers in France led to a California business that today makes 400 tons of sumptuous candy annually.


Heart of Haute

Teresa and Amanda Becker have turned a passion for vintage fashion into manufacturing and retail brand sold in 400 shops globally


Saleen Automotive Inc.

Amy Boylan continues to build on Steve Saleen's performance automobile brand using social media and lean manufacturing practices.


St. Supery Winery

CEO Emma Swain and St. Supery Winery escaped the October fires and return to winemaking with renewed vigor and a determination to expand the brand.