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CMTA helps select US Hammer and its stand-alone, gas-powered jackhammer for regional award

Posted by Gino DiCaro, VP, Communications on Dec. 10, 2019

CMTA was a selection committee member for the Advanced Manufacturing category for the 2019 Sacramento Innovation Awards.  We were proud to help select this year's winner -- Woodland based U.S. Hammer, who makes portable gas-powered jackhammers that are more fuel-efficient, quieter, cleaner and lighter than most pneumatic jackhammers, which need to be tethered to large diesel air compressors.

"The technology behind the jackhammer hasn’t changed in 60 years,” said US Hammer CEO Chris Galloway. “No one is looking at it because it’s not glamorous.” While a quieter, lighter and portable jackhammer might not be glamorous, it is something that nearly every rental yard in the country would probably like to have on hand, and just selling one to every yard could keep US Hammer busy for quite some time, Galloway said.

Pneumatic jackhammers can be had for about $2,000, but the compressors cost $20,000, and they also require hoses, oilers and other equipment, Galloway said. This company is now starting to fill orders worldwide and they are being manufacturered right here in the Sacramento region's backyard.

US Hammer is #MakingCA proud and making groundbreaking products -- physically and theoretically -- that will likely soon become common around the world.

Link to Business Journal Article on the company and award

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LMID releases CA manufacturing job openings report

Posted by Gino DiCaro, VP, Communications on Nov. 22, 2019

A report released this month by California's Labor Market Information Department (LMID) indicated that a third of CA’s current 1.6 million job openings are in the manufacturing sector.  From production to engineering to market analysis to distribution, there are job openings in the sector that create opportunities for the middle class.

LA County — a region that has seen a steady decline in manufacturing — actually had the largest percentage of production openings with 33%. That’s 7,653 of the more than 22,000 production openings. The best and highest percentage of full time openings in manufacturing statewide were in applications and software development, and in industrial production management.  Clearly there is a need for highly skilled workers.  In fact the data often pointed to a required technical skill level or certification. It’s critical that we don’t miss the opportunity for our middle class by leaving job openings, OPEN, with a lack of training or resources to skill up.

We must build the next generation of our economy with technical training, often through non traditional institutions or within the companies themselves. Things are moving at breakneck speed, and we must act fast. California must match its nation-leading manufacturing size with a similar scope of training resources, flexibility, and new evolutionary thinking.

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The growing 'I Make CA' campaign

Posted by Gino DiCaro, VP, Communications on Nov. 22, 2019

CMTA's "I Make California" campaign added six new exciting posters to its campaign recently. Joining the inaugural companies are individuals from Bishop Wisecarver, Sel-Tech and International Paper.  CMTA will be delivering these great posters showing pride and opportunity in manufacturing to the respective legislative district offices as a reminder of one of California's greatest employment sectors. These great employees carry the powerful message of manufacturing better than any of us can in Sacramento. It's important that we always remember the value that they bring and the oportunity created with a manufacturer who can compete in California. 

You can see and share a video of the posters HERE

You can see the individual posters HERE.




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MFG Day 2019 was Spectacular!

Posted by Gino DiCaro, VP, Communications on Oct. 13, 2019

Held annually on the first Friday in October, Manufacturing Day helps show the reality of modern manufacturing careers by encouraging thousands of companies and educational institutions around the nation to open their doors to press, students, parents, teachers and community leaders.

Dating back to the Industrial Revolution, much of the United States' economic strength has been built on the back of the manufacturing industry. Manufacturing today has the highest ratio of any economic sector. In California alone, we have wages that average $87k, a manufacturing GSP of over $285 billion and every one manufacturing job supports 2.5 others in the economy.  Beyond the tremendous economic benefits, the innovation and skills you'll find on manufacturing floors in California  is extraordinary and often creates a sense of excitement and real purpose.

California showed off its manufacturing chops this year with more than 275 events. Here's a look at some of the events CMTA attended. Thank you to our members who participated - Bishop-Wisecarver, California Steel Industries, Corteva, General Motors, Northrop Grumman, and more. Even Go-Biz' Lenny Mendonca (top left picture - middle) attended an event to get a sense of the realtime opportunities our manufacturers offer.


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CA MFG will shine on Manufacturing Day 2019

Posted by Gino DiCaro, VP, Communications on Sept. 19, 2019

National Manufacturing Day on October 4 is quickly approaching. There are 170 registered events in California and we are hoping to eclipse last year's total of 250. 

Held annually on the first Friday in October, Manufacturing Day helps show the reality of modern manufacturing careers by encouraging thousands of companies and educational institutions around the nation to open their doors to students, parents, teachers and community leaders.

Manufacturing Day addresses common misperceptions about manufacturing by giving manufacturers an opportunity to open their doors and show, in a coordinated effort, what manufacturing is — and what it isn’t. By working together during and after MFG DAY, manufacturers will begin to address the skilled labor shortage they face, connect with future generations, take charge of the public image of manufacturing, and ensure the ongoing prosperity of the whole industry. MFG DAY is designed to amplify the voice of individual manufacturers and coordinate a collective chorus of manufacturers with common concerns and challenges. The rallying point for a growing mass movement, MFG DAY empowers manufacturers to come together to address their collective challenges so they can help their communities and future generations thrive.

Here are 7 things you can do on #MFGday19.

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