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#MakingCA is pulsing through the State

Posted by Gino DiCaro, VP, Communications on May 10, 2019

Last week CMTA attended two regional manufacturing summits carrying our message of collaboration and focus to advance manufacturing throughout California. These Summits were hosted by the AMBayArea in Oakland and the San Joaquin Valley Manufacturing Alliance in Fresno.  We also toured the facility of CMTA's newest member AB&I Foundry in Oakland where we saw firsthand why their 240 workers' average company-longevity is more than 19 years. AB&I makes cast iron pipe and fittings -- mostly from recycled material -- and it's a spectacular place for career growth and opportunity.  The company invested $1 million alone in new training for their workers just last year.

At the Valley Made conference in Fresno we conveyed the State of Manufacturing to the 700 attendees and CMTA President Lance Hastings conducted a live interview on KMJNow (you can listen here, it starts at 6:50) and taped some highlights with Valley PBS that will be packaged into a Central Valley-focused program to be aired in the near future.  The growing passion for manufacturing at the whole conference was palpable. SJVMA's Genelle Kumpe, Troy Brandt, and CMTA member Mike Bettts are driving a resurgence and passion for manufacturing that we should all carry with us throughout the state

At the AMBayArea event we heard about the great opportunities that manufacturers have to re-shore their operations from the Reshoring Institute's Rosemary Coates and the event, put on by James Gardner and his team, should be a fixture for Bay Area manufacturers in the future with tremendously resourceful breakout sessions.

We also atttended Bayer's exciting groundbreaking for their $150 million investment in a new Cell Culture Technology Center in Berkeley.

The #MakingCA agenda is clearly pulsing through California and we couldn't be more excited. 

 

AB&I Foundry Tour.

 

 

LEFT: CMTA's Hastings & DiCaro with CA Forward's Pete Webber   RIGHT: CMTA's Hastings on KMJ Live radio

 

 

 

 

 





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Industrial Strength Body Jewelry 'Making CA' with precision & innovation

Posted by Gino DiCaro, VP, Communications on March 28, 2019

This week CompanyWeek and CMTA bring you Industrial Strength Body Jewlery, a Carlsbad based body jewlery manufacturer, with 67 employees, taking a high tech, low tolerance approach akin to aerospace manufacturing.

The privately owned company has operated since 1991, after starting with just one lathe, grinding tools and other components to modify off-the-rack objects from places like Home Depot. The company started as a bedroom operation but now boasts a 28,000 square foot facility in Carlsbad with highly skilled employees, 14 cutting edge Swiss screw machines, nine high precision CNC mills and several CNC lathes.

Founder and CEO JD Lorenz said proudly, "we've always been able to maintain the highest quality," citing mirror-like polished services and Swarovski Crystals. "We're the only body jewlery company, I think, in the United States that can put their name [Swarovski] on our products."

It's companies like these that sprout and grow to provide tremendous California products, great career opportunities and at times new technical skills for our workforce. CMTA is proud of companies like Industrial Strength where quality, innovation and automation are king.  Let's do what we can to help them grow. Some of the opportunites and challenges at Industrial Strength are as follows.

Challenges: Installing a cloud-based ERP system from Sage. "Implementing new software that's organizing everything we do," says Lorenz, from production scheduling to invoicing. With 6,000 components utilized in 250,000 possible configurations, it's no small task. "It's really a complex web."

Opportunities: Gold jewelry. Industrial Strength got out of gold when prices skyrocketed in 2006, but is getting back into it in 2019. "We just invested about $150,000 into state-of-the-art gold casting equipment," says Lorenz.

Needs: Labor. "We just started re-hiring in assembly and polishing and stone-setting," says Lorenz, anticipating five to eight new hires. "It's a balance," he adds. "We are $1 million behind in orders right now. We need more time." READ MORE ON COMPANY WEEK





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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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CMTA Open House ignites the Capitol community

Posted by Lance Hastings, President on Jan. 28, 2019

Last week CMTA hosted its annual Open House to welcome legislators, Administration officials, industry partners and other friends of manufacturing. A heartfelt thank you from the CMTA team to everyone who joined us to network and reconnect in the early weeks of what will be a busy year!

#CAmfg and #MakingCA will be up front and center in the Capitol in 2019.





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CMTA's 2019 magazine rings in the new year

Posted by Gino DiCaro, VP, Communications on Jan. 7, 2019

We look back at 2018’s progress and challenges and forward to 2019’s tremendous potential with a new Governor and new momentum for California manufacturing. CMTA's new leader Lance Hastings is refocusing our efforts on ensuring that California’s environment supports the state's skilled workers and manufacturing investment growth, and he is also renewing CMTA's sense of urgency and service for our members. Don’t hesitate to call us for help (staff list).

Our annual California Manufacturers magazine just landed in mail boxes and it provides a good snapshot of all that is going on in CMTA's world, along with a theme that centers around the modern manufacturing supply chain.

We cover new laws and regulations being debated in Sacramento and help find ways for you to compete and win. We also profile companies that exemplify the best qualities of California manufacturers. Northrop Grumman’s long supply chain is even featured this year. You’ll also find statistics on the current state of California manufacturing, an article on the new Apprenticeship model for workforce development, and some highlights of NAM’s new online tool to find manufacturing suppliers - The Manufacturers Marketplace. And much more! You can use the links below to see articles online or you can check out the magazine you received in the mail.
 

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