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State of MFG tour shows why manufacturers are the crown gem of California

Posted by Gino DiCaro, VP, Communications on March 19, 2018

“California is at the intersection of innovation, technology, and modern manufacturing. While our country struggles to fill important jobs in the manufacturing sector, our employers are committed to upskilling the workforce so that as we create new, well-paying jobs in manufacturing, we are also ensuring we have the skilled workforce to fill them.”

That quote from CMTA's Dorothy Rothrock during the National Association of Manufacturers' State of MFG tour captured exactly why we should be so excitied about manufacturing in Califrnia.

We are so pleased the National Association of Manufacturers brought their State of MFG tour to California this month. It is important to underscore the tremendous opportunities and incredible innovations that are created on factory floors all over California.

The annual NAM State of Manufacturing Tour focuses the nation’s attention on the industry that is the backbone of the American economy, highlighting the more than 12 million men and women who are building our future. The tour brings policy discussions and conversations about the future of work to shop floors, schools, tv studios, even the White House.

“California is a hub for innovation and technology, and it’s driving modern manufacturing,” said Timmons. “The research and development happening in the Golden State is paving the way for our industry’s future.”

The California tour stops were in San Francisco and San Jose and they rolled through a t-shirt manufacturer (Social Imprints), a plant based alternative food manufacturer (JUST), a leather belt manufacturer (Circa), a flexible hybrid electronic manufacturer and trainer (NextFlex), and a truck engine research and design facility (PACCAR).

Here’s what these places had in common:

  • Great places to work
  • Tremendous opportunities for workers
  • Operational efficiencies in technology and innovation
  • Investments for the future
  • Contributions to their communities

Everything else varied widely -- from types of workers, products, challenges, market share, facility floors … everything.

Despite the differences there was no denying that manufacturers are major contributors and create pathways for middle class growth and upward mobility. Every lawmaker in California should be looking for policies that make it easy to invest and put more bolts in the ground in the Golden State.


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