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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.


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!


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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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InTech & Cal Steel show Apprenticeships can be golden gem of workforce development

Posted by Gino DiCaro, VP, Communications on Jan. 14, 2019

Site Selection Magazine wrote a great piece this week on the tremendous success of the InTech center, and how the training partnership between California Steel and Chaffey College in Riverside is literaly re-writing how apprenticeships can provide both aligned talent to local manufacturers and rewarding opportunites to students. See below and hit the link for full article on Site Selection Magazine.


San Bernardino County companies and institutions show the rest of the world how a regional approach works best for upskilling and growing the workforce.


The Industrial Technical Learning Center (InTech) at Chaffey College in Fontana, California, is the kind of place where individual dreams and company goals can both be realized. Launched in 2014 with a $14.9-million TAACCCT [Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training] grant, and with backing from companies and the region's 12 community colleges, the center is blazing new trails.

"The InTech partnership between California Steel and Chaffey College is an exemplary Apprenticeship model that aligns academic learning with hands-on, practical on-the-job learning," says Gino DiCaro, vice president of communications for the California Manufacturers & Technology Association. "Employers and community colleges up and down the state can learn from this highly successful apprenticeship program."

They can, and they should.

"The U.S manufacturing sector is advancing rapidly, and the pathways to developing and acquiring talent must change to keep pace," DiCaro says. "Secondary education must reflect current employment needs by offering a wider variety of training options for career choices, including apprenticeships that take the place of typical school programs for technical-style work."

Across-the-board buy-in is taking place in San Bernardino County in Southern California — with full support from the California Apprenticeship Initiative. The training option derives from innovation and necessity, considering the expected jobs growth. If the Inland Empire were a state, it would be the 40th largest by area and the 26th largest by population. Moreover, it's a region projected to add 157,860 jobs between 2017 to 2022 — a 10-percent jump ... READ MORE ON SITE SELECTION MAGAZINE

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