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Changes to California’s Prop 65 abound – Watch May 3 webinar

Posted by Gino DiCaro, VP, Communications on April 24, 2018

On August 30, 2016, the California Office of Administrative Law approved California’s nearly three-year effort to overhaul Proposition 65’s longstanding warning regulations. The new regulations are a significant departure from the rules that companies have relied on for decades. Manufacturers must comply with new consumer product warnings by August 30, 2018, a change that could significantly impact your business. The National Association of Manufacturers, CMTA, and Crowell & Moring LLP are hosting an off-the-record webinar to discuss the impact that Prop 65's new regulatory requirements will have on California manufacturers.

This webinar will cover the important legal and practical issues specific to manufacturers, including:

  • Overview of Proposition 65
  • Consumer product warning regulatory deadlines
  • New consumer product warning content and methods
  • Technical and legal compliance best practices



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NAM's State of MFG tour coming to California!

Posted by Gino DiCaro, VP, Communications on Feb. 13, 2018

The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) recently kicked off its 2018 State of Manufacturing Tour and comes to California this week, visiting numerous modern manufacturing facilities and schools along the way.

"The national manufacturing renaissance is occurring across the country and the nature of work is changing the way manufacturers operate, said CMTA president Dorothy Rothrock. “We are so excited to show off six of California’s many cutting edge modern manufacturers during the Tour."

During the Tour’s California stop on February 20 and 21, NAM president Jay Timmons and CMTA staff will join San Francisco and Silicon Valley manufacturers, SFMade, employees, students, media, community leaders and elected officials to discuss the rewarding opportunities in manufacturing across the country and the urgent need to build the modern manufacturing workforce.

The Tour will stop at a wide spectrum of state-of-the-art manufacturers including Ritual Roasters, Social Imprints, JUST (formerly Hampton Creek), Circa of America, NextFlex, and PACCAR.  You can either attend the events or you can watch the events on Facebook Live. Details here.

"Innovation is transforming the way manufacturers operate, and there is an urgent need for talented and skilled men and women on our shop floors and in our facilities working as coders, technicians, craftspeople, designers, marketers and so much mor, said NAM’s Jay Timmons. "Our focus on this tour is telling the story of modern manufacturing and the incredible opportunities we have for well-paying, rewarding careers.”


#StateofMFG  #CAmfg  #SFmade

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#MFGday17 trends on Twitter and CA shows off its MFG chops

Posted by Gino DiCaro, VP, Communications on Oct. 10, 2017

More than 190 California manufacturers and career technical institutions opened their doors on Friday, October 6th to celebrate the National Association of Manufacturers’ sixth annual Manufacturing Day (MFG Day). The day was such a success that the  #MFGday17 hashtag trended all day long on Twitter's top ten. The celebration is designed to show that 21st century manufacturing is a high-skilled, sleek and technology-driven industry that offers high-wage jobs that fuel the economy.

“California manufacturers offer tremendous opportunities for growth in middle class careers for Californians who may not have a four-year college degree,” said Dorothy Rothrock, president of the California Manufacturers & Technology Association. “We also hope that people take note of all the workers, entrepreneurs and small manufacturers in the supply chain that stimulate growth and create an economic ripple effect throughout all sectors of local economies.”

Manufacturers are major employers, property owners and taxpayers, bolstering all aspects of the communities in which they are located – economic growth, charitable giving, quality of life, educational development and overall public health.

This year 11 CMTA members opened their doors as part of the many California events and CMTA staff dispatched across the state to participate:

  • Ace Clearwater
  • Alom
  • Betts
  • Bishop Wisecarver
  • Caltronics
  • InTech  (A California Steel sponsored institution)
  • International Paper
  • Northrop Grumman (multiple locations)
  • The Dow Chemical Company
  • Transfer Flow
  • You can see all the California events HERE.


CMTA also celebrated its two newest Champion companies this MFG Day. They are both breaking down barriers to teaching new skills and investing in California’s future by training workers in the highly skilled and vital world of precision CNC machining:

  • Western Saw in Oxnard 
  • TITANS of CNC in Rocklin 

Link to articles on both Champion companies HERE.

Manufacturers face many roadblocks, but most say the lack of a skilled workforce is their largest hurdle.

A recent report from the Manufacturing Institute and Deloitte shows that over the next decade, nearly three and a half million manufacturing jobs likely need to be filled and the skills gap is expected to result in 2 million of those jobs going unfilled. More than 10,000 new machinists alone will be needed in California, according to a recent report by California’s Labor Market Information Department. That report indicates that there will be tens of thousands of new job openings among hundreds of specific manufacturing occupations over the next seven years. A talent shortage threatens manufacturers’ ability to innovate, create jobs and compete in the global marketplace.

For that reason MFG Day is growing every year.

If you filmed an event and would like CMTA to include a portion of it in our 2017 MFG Day video montage, please send to Teresa Kent at

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Nine CMTA members headline 187 CA MFG Day events

Posted by Gino DiCaro, VP, Communications on Sept. 25, 2017

There are 187 registered California events for this year's Manufactuirng Day on Oct. 6  (updated from 94 last week).  CMTA is proud to announce that nine CMTA members will be opening their doors and headlining this year's big day. Those members include:

  • Ace Clearwater 
  • Alom 
  • Betts 
  • Bishop Wisecarver 
  • InTech (A California Steelsupported  institution of course) 
  • International Paper 
  • Dow Chemical 
  • Transfer Flow 

MAKE SURE YOU OPEN YOUR FACILITIES FOR "MFGDay" ON OCTOBER 6, 2017 so California can reach 200 events this year. YOU CAN REGISTER AN EVENT HERE.


Check out the more than 30 MFG videos you can use to engage your audience, co-workers, and colleagues as we near the target date.

Here are a few particularly spectacular videos:

If you’re curious about your options for hosting an event or how you can make MFG DAY work for your company, Go HERE.


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Update: MFG Day up to 94 CA events now!

Posted by Gino DiCaro, VP, Communications on Aug. 28, 2017

There are now 94 California events registered so far for MFGDay 2017.  (updated from 77 last week)

MAKE SURE YOU OPEN YOUR FACILITIES FOR "MFGDay" ON OCTOBER 6, 2017 so California can eclipse last year's 180 total. REGISTER AN EVENT HERE.


Check out the more than 30 MFG videos you can use to engage your audience, co-workers, and colleagues as we near the target date.

Here are a few particularly spectacular videos:

If you’re curious about what your options are for hosting an event, how to get people to your event, or how you can make MFG DAY work for your company, Go HERE.



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