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California illustrates power of manufacturing on State of MFG Tour 2019

Posted by Gino DiCaro, VP, Communications on March 5, 2019

CMTA welcomed the National Association of Manufacturers to California last week to highlight the state’s modern manufacturing industry as part of the fifth annual NAM State of Manufacturing Tour.

The tour collectively opened eyes, changed minds, and recruited new people to be a part of our industry, by elevating the people and companies at the core of manufacturers’ excitement for the future.

During the visit, CMTA's new president Lance Hastings and NAM President and CEO Jay Timmons and Manufacturing Institute Executive Director Carolyn Lee met with students, business leaders and local manufacturers to discuss the industry’s optimistic outlook for the future, the high-tech, high paying opportunities in modern manufacturing and the urgent need to recruit the next generation of manufacturers.

We began the two-day visit at world-famous candy manufacturer and CMTA member Jelly Belly Candy Company, where we got an up-close look at the candy making process and, of course participated in many tastings. (You can see one particular one here)

Timmons, Hastings and Lee then toured Bishop-Wisecarver, an automation solutions provider. Following the tour Bishop-Wisecarver President and CMTA and NAM Board member Pamela Kan hosted a workforce opportunities discussion on how manufacturing companies can champion science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education in the community to inspire the next generation of manufacturers. The day was closed out by a visit to Pittsburg High School in Pittsburg, California, where the school’s robotics team discussed how STEM education is inspiring their future career aspirations (see student's excitement in 1 minute video here).

On Wednesday, Timmons, Lee and David Seaton, chairman and CEO of Fluor Corporation and NAM board chair started the day at Salesforce for a panel discussion with Achyut Jajoo, vice president of manufacturing, automotive, & energy industries at Salesforce and CMTA’s very own Lance Hastings. Business leaders from the San Francisco area heard from panel participants about how technology is transforming the manufacturing industry and the looming workforce crisis for California’s manufacturers.

“We’re at the next frontier of manufacturing in the United States. We’re leading in technological advances, such as artificial intelligence, robotics and augmented reality, that will actually spur job creation, boost wages and help us lift everyone up and leave no one behind,” said Timmons in his opening.

On workforce challenges later in the discussion, Hastings said, “We’re at this 3 dimensional crossroad between a workforce, the needs of a manufacturer and the fact that people aren’t looking at those 30 year careers. They might work in the same place for 10 or 20 years but their jobs are constantly changing and evolving. We need to be able to adapt our old model to the new millennial consumer workers, rapid innovation and a growing attrition of skilled workers.”

In total California was so excited to be a part of the NAM's State of Manufacturing Tour to help drive the powerful message of modern manufacturing and key priorities directly with people who will decide our future: students, educators, parents, manufacturers, business leaders, policymakers—and the press.

You can see some pictures below and you can watch the workforce discussion at Salesforce here.  You can read an opinion centered around the Tour and manufacturing authored by Jay Timmons and Pamela Kan in Fox and Hounds here.

 

 

 

 

 





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Two big regional manufacturing events this week in Fresno and the Inland Empire

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

There are two important regional manufacturing events in California this week.

CMTA’s new President Lance Hastings will be presenting the State of California Manufacturing and the Association’s 2019 Opportunities Agenda to the Inland Empire Manufacturing Summit this Thursday, February 14 in Riverside. The Summit has brought together Tony Sciarra from Tesla, Ed Magee from Fender Musical Instruments, Nobel Prize Laureate Richard Schrock, Todd Boppell of the National Association of Manufacturers, economist Sean Flynn of Scripps College, Sean Miller of American National Manufacturing, and more.

More than 500 people are expected to attend and the event is a “Don’t miss" for all manufacturers in the the Riverside and San Bernardino area.

INLAND EMPIRE EVENT DETAILS HERE

Also yours truly will be presenting alongside California Forward co-chair Pete Weber at the San Joaquin Valley Manufacturing Alliance event on Wednesday, February 13 in Fresno. The Alliance and the Fresno Business Council are doing great things in the region bringing manufacturers together and creating an environment of stewardship and civic transformation in many areas but most importantly for workforce development. Don’t miss it if you are in the Valley!

SAN JOAQUIN EVENT DETAILS HERE





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Success, headwinds and digital solutions in new report on U.S. manufacturing

Posted by Gino DiCaro, VP, Communications on Feb. 1, 2019

The U.S. manufacturing industry appears back on track and is likely to surpass growth expectations for two consecutive years in a row, according to a recently released Deloitte report on the sector.

On one hand, manufacturing is firing with output humming, an increase in capacity utilization and solid performance results. On the other hand, tensions loom in the background with supply chain demand that outpaces supply, and an ever increasing shortage in skilled talent.  (Sidenote: These factors can often multiply out in California where we are struggling to keep up with the country's resurgence.) Amid the national headwinds is a move toward digital and advanced technologies that are transforming the manufacturing business model.  Digital often holds the fate of industrial manufacturing companies and will do so tremendously in the years to come, according to the report.  

The Deloitte report provides some observations and predictions for our great industry -- themes include M&A's among an influx of digital technologies, building supply network resilience in an uncertain trade world, talent recruitment and retention, and the sector's overall digital maturity.

Click here for PDF of report

 

 

 

 

 





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Six rankings indicating California's investment climate

Posted by Gino DiCaro, VP, Communications on Jan. 25, 2019

Site Selection Magazine recently released its “State of the States” report, a guided tour of economic development laws, leaders, policies, indicators and projects from last year. The compendium includes six rankings for each state in the following (with California’s rank in parentheses):

  • (49th) Business Tax Climate
  • (1st)  Higher Education
  • (19th) National Career Readiness Certificates
  • (49th) Workers’ Compensation Premium Rate
  • (47th) Industrial Electricity Power Costs
  • (42nd) Fiscal Condition Index

These are some of the critical datapoints and indicators that drive specific site selection for companies looking to scale up long-term manufacturing across the country. The low rankings certainly play a role in California’s lag in the national manufacturing resurgence. There is no doubt we are highly successful at researching and developing and innovating products, with our tremendous University institutions, but we must make what innovate. It's time to improve California's business climate for long term manufacturing investment and to make way for the economic opportunites that come with those investments.

Link to California's report

Link to State of the States clearinghouse of 50 states





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As we close out 2018, an update on CA MFG job gains vs the Country

Posted by Gino DiCaro, VP, Communications on Jan. 18, 2019

Californa gained about 1,400 new manufacturing jobs in December 2018 according to numbers released by the Labor Market Information Department on Friday. California saw some good gains in 2018 but we are still getting outpaced by the country by a substantial margin. As you see below, our clip of manufacturing job growth is 5.6 percent versus the country's 13.2 percent. Further, our largest industrial county has declined by 7.3 percent in manufacturing job growth.

 





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