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Nominate a northern California manufacturer for advanced MFG award

Posted by Gino DiCaro, VP, Communications on July 8, 2017

On November 7, 2017 the Sacramento Region Innovation Awards will recognize significant innovations, and the innovators and local companies that brought them to fruition. CMTA is honored to be on the selection committee and was proud to cast a vote last year for the advanced manufacturing category winner Free Form Factory

The 9-county northern California area benefits from world class industry, bringing leading edge research & development, good jobs and economic growth.

Don't miss your chance to nominate a manufacturer in the area before the submission period ends July 31. The second annual Sacramento Region Innovation Awards, presented by Stoel Rives LLP with support from Moss Adams LLP and the Sacramento Business Journal recognizes recent business innovations in six categories. The 2017 award categories and 2016 winners include:

  • Advanced Manufacturing: Watercraft Manufacturing by Free Form Factory Inc. — a proprietary technique to manufacture personal watercraft hulls 10 times faster, 3.5 times stronger, and with no volatile organic compounds.
  • Food & Agribusiness: Radio Frequency Pasteurizer by RF Biocidics — a food-safety solution that eliminates harmful contaminants from foods using radio frequency technology.
  • Hardware & Electronics: Linkbot by Barobo, Inc. — a programmable educational robot that can be customized with snap-on parts and STEM curriculum.
  • Medical & Health Technologies & Services: B. infantis by Evolve BioSystems — a microbiome-based solution to establish, restore and maintain a healthy infant gut microbiome.
  • Software: The Risk Number by Riskalyze — a proprietary risk assessment product that measures individual investors’ risk tolerance.
  • Sustainability: FastOx Gasifier by Sierra Energy — waste gasification technology that transforms waste into clean, renewable energy.

The program was founded by the law firm of Stoel Rives LLP, which has had similar award programs in Utah and Idaho. The Sacramento Business Journal is the program’s media sponsor and Moss Adams LLP serves as the official CPA vote tabulator. The event will be held at the Hilton Sacramento Arden West in Sacramento.



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Manufacturing innovation awards on Nov. 4!

Posted by Gino DiCaro, VP, Communications on Oct. 28, 2016

CMTA was honored to be on the Advanced Manufacturing selection committee for a new awards program for the nine-county Sacramento region. On November 4, the 2016 Sacramento Region Innovation Awards will recognize significant innovations and the innovators and local companies that brought them to fruition.

Going through the difficult judging process we saw firsthand that the region's industry is world class, bringing leading edge research & development, good jobs and economic growth. 

The Advanced Manufacturing category finalists are: 

The program was founded by the law firm of Stoel Rives LLP, which has had similar award programs in Utah and Idaho. The Sacramento Business Journal is the program’s media sponsor and  Moss Adams LLP serves as the official CPA vote tabulator.

Join us in honoring the finalists and naming the winners at a luncheon ceremony at Sacramento's Doubletree Hotel on Friday, November 4th. See all the finalists and reserve your seat for the awards luncheon through the Sacramento Business Journal:  
You can also follow the hashtag #SacInnov8Awards for continued information on the program.

Award nominations were reviewed by a panel of approximately 50 experts from local business, technology and academic communities.  

The following “Selection Committees” will carefully reviewed the nominations during a seven-week evaluation process. 


  • Steve Mills, Partner, DCA Capital Partners
  • Gino DiCaro, Vice President of Communications, California Manufacturing & Technology Association (CMTA)
  • Tony Lopez, Vice President of Operations, Pride Industries
  • John Krueger, Executive VP, Greater Sacramento Area Economic Council


  • Kristy Levings, Director, AgStart
  • Joe Schmidt, Senior VP Business Development & Strategy, BioConsortia, Inc.
  • Ana Klien, VP & CFO, Sunsweet Growers Inc.
  • Julie Morris, Director of Technology Innovation, World Food Center at UC Davis
  • Trish Kelley, Senior Vice President, Valley Vision
  • Helen Singmaster, General Counsel, Raley's
  • Ryan Sharp, Associate Director, Venture Catalyst, UC Davis
  • Ashish Malik, VP of Global Marketing, Biologics, CropScience Division, Bayer CropScience LP
  • Melissa Jones, Office Managing Partner, Stoel Rives LLP [non-voting liaison]


  • Harry Laswell, CEO, Powerhouse Science Center
  • Binda Mangat, President/CEO, Quorum Technologies, Inc.
  • Amit Gattani, Senior Director of Segment Marketing, Embedded Solutions Group,
  • Micron Technology, Inc.
  • Norman White, Senior Attorney, Intel
  • Robb Moore, CEO, ioSafe
  • Tim Keller, Project Coordinator, Area 52 / Sierra Energy


  • John Caterham, CEO, Social Interest Solutions
  • John Mesic, M.D., Physician Executive, Sutter Health Valley Area
  • Cary Adams, JD, CEO, MedForce Accelerator / Almond Tree Capital
  • Claire Pomeroy, M.D., MBA, President and CEO, Albert and Mary Lasker Foundation, Former Dean of the UC Davis School of Medicine
  • Warren Smith, Ph.D., Professor, Electrical & Electronic Engineering Department, California State University, Sacramento
  • Simon Cherry, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Biological Engineering, University of California, Davis
  • Howard Bubb, CEO, SARTA
  • Zack Schmidt, CEO, SureClinical
  • Chris Wood, Senior Director, Mercy Neurological Institute , Dignity Health
  • Chris Gresens, M.D., Senior Medical Director and Vice President of Global Medicine , BloodSource
  • Dushyant Pathak, Associate Vice Chancellor, Office of Research, Executive Director Venture Catalyst, UC Davis
  • Matt Phillips, Director, MedStart, Social Interest Solutions
  • Meg Arnold, Principal, GSD Consulting
  • Matt Bethards, Stoel Rives LLP [non-voting liaison]


  • Roger Akers, Managing Partner, Akers Capital LLC
  • Laura Good, Consultant, Laura Good Consulting Services
  • Vaibhav Nadgauda, Partner, Moneta Ventures
  • Corley Phillips, Director, Sacramento Entrepreneurship Academy
  • Brandon Weber, Founder, The Urban Hive
  • Kim Box, Director, American River Bank
  • Mark Otero, Electronic Arts
  • John Peters, Angel Investor


  • Todd Lindstrom, CEO, Enable Energy
  • Gary Simon, Chairman, CleanStart, Inc.
  • Nicole England, Teichert Construction
  • Erica Manuel, Manager: Community, Economic Development & Education, SMUD
  • John Bissell, CEO, Micromidas, Inc.
  • Chris Russell, Partner, Stoel Rives LLP [non-voting liaison]



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MFG workers at CMTA's next Champion company say it all!

Posted by Gino DiCaro, VP, Communications on Aug. 18, 2016

Two comments we heard this week from long-time employees at a Valley manufacturer exemplify how California manufacturing is blistering through new innovations and technologies for very traditional manufacturing processes and providing tremendous opportunities for workers.

The employees work for our next Manufacturing Champion company to be announced in October on #MFGday16 and in our annual magazine. 

The quotes were so good, we thought we’d share in anticipation:

“We appreciate the opportunity to learn new skills. Not long ago, for example, the company sent me along with a team of engineers to Ohio to learn about the robotic welder. After I came back I handled all of the electrical for it. Since then, we’ve added new presses, modified other machines, and upgraded other technology. We’re not stagnant or set on one direction. We’re always innovating.”

"There’s no lack of improvement here. We’re always thinking of ways to make better use of our time and improve our productivity. I’m always adapting and learning, and learning from other employees.”

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'Internet of Things' and MFG

Posted by Gino DiCaro, VP, Communications on Jan. 15, 2016

CMTA is proud of the technology and innovation that manufacturers are using to compete and grow in California, where every efficiency counts. The “Internet of Things” (IoT) is not new but it's impact on operational efficiencies for manufacturing is emerging. It’s long been understood how IoT can help with distribution and warehouse related processes, but it’s also going to help improve the manufacturing process.

On manufacturing floors there is still a lot of running around, hard copy record keeping and hands-on troubleshooting, especially in small  and mid size operations. IoT can improve all of these manual processes and generate substantial productivity improvements.

By adding IoT sensors, cameras and gauges, as well as the software needed to view the data that’s collected, maintenance teams can keep tabs on equipment performance without ever stepping foot on plant floors. These solutions can alert employees to a component's change in pressure, temperature, vibration, or other critical occurence. Maintenance teams can then remediate the issue with minimal (or no) downtime.

Here’s a look at four main ways Iot will change the future of manufacturing (paraphrased from

1. IoT For The Masses:

Like we saw with cloud infrastructure, IoT technology is bound to soon become ubiquitous and affordable.  Soon small-scale manufacturing operations will be afforded the same customized IoT opportunities as their multinational counterparts.

2. Environmental Compliance

Whether it’s reporting the least energy-efficient components on a line, identifying energy byproducts exceeding tolerable thresholds or delivering real-time information about material waste, IoT sensors and gauges will make compliance much easier for manufacturers everywhere.

3. Improving Output Quality

Connected sensors, cameras and telemetry don’t just report on abnormal machine operation — they also report on product variations and help boost the quality of finished products. With this information, machines further down the production line can be adjusted to resolve the issue and prevent the defective product from reaching consumers.

Better inline quality assurance will relieve stress from quality control departments, instill better confidence within the sales and distribution chain, and ultimately improve relations with end consumers as well.

4. Increased Business Intelligence

It’s one thing to get your machines connected and collecting data, but understanding that data is something else entirely. Executives who have invested in customized intelligence software are also learning how to make meaningful productivity decisions based on their data, finding faster and cheaper methods to produce superior products. You can expect to see rapid growth in software and mobile products aimed at delivering actionable data to upper management. By speaking the user’s language and making IoT relatable, these software advancements will only further accelerate adoption across the whole industry.

IoT technology is set to revolutionize how manufacturers operate to an extent that hasn’t been seen since the first mechanized assembly lines were introduced. 

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Caterpillar CEO: pro growth policies and innovation will lead the MFG renaissance

Posted by Gino DiCaro, VP, Communications on Sept. 24, 2015

Caterpillar CEO, Doug Oberhelman, along with Honeywell CEO, Dave Cote, commented last week on CNBC's Squawk Box on the potential for a U.S. manufacturing renaissance.

At the core of their comments, were two drivers -- the tremendous innovation within their companies, like Caterpillar machines being interconnected by computers, and the pro-growth policies necessary to compete and win, like re-authorization of the U.S. Export-Import bank

California's own manufacturing sector boasts so much of the country's cutting edge innovation in R&D that it could translate into manufacturing for our middle class to lead the national manufacturing "scale-up". But like national policies, we need to make sure our state programs are inline with the competitive needs of our manufacturing base -- cost effective energy policies, flexible work laws, workforce training initiatives, more regulatory certainty, etc.  

With only two percent of the country's manufacturing investments last year, we have work to do. A powerful message of manufacturing growth is likely taking over the country, and now California needs to ensure its rightful place in that resurgence for its own economy.

Manufacturing executives in California should also follow the lead of CEO's like Oberhelman and Cote. If we see more of these public interviews and speeches from California manufacturing executives we can help give state lawmakers the support they need to pass pro-growth policies.




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