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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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New CMTA President focusing on a promise of manufacturing

Posted by Gino DiCaro, VP, Communications on Dec. 15, 2018

Last week the Orange County Register published new CMTA President Lance Hastings' inaugural op ed on his commitment to working toward the promise of new manufacturing opportunities in California. It's the first of many pieces that will seek to illuminate the ultra economic benefits of manufacturing, the challenges to new manufacturing investment in California, and CMTA's solutions and ideas to turn the state's long held dream into a promise. 

Make California's Dream a Promise

By Lance Hastings in the OC Register -- December 14, 2018

California has always evoked dreams of new adventures and opportunities that couldn’t be found elsewhere. Those of us who are lucky enough to call it our home hold on to the dream of a wonderful future that only the Golden State can provide.

Many of the hallmarks that attracted millions of people are still present: fantastic climate, beautiful Pacific shores and majestic mountains. Early settlers flocked to the state in pursuit of gold and a new, prosperous future. Hollywood and the movie industry shared an elegance that was the envy of the world. In the 1980’s and 90’s aerospace and high tech manufacturing were plentiful and grew at record paces, providing much of the middle class with home ownership and a college education for their kids.

Now in 2019, almost two centuries after California became a state, we continue to lead the country in innovation but the production of our own inventions is falling short. New clean and exciting manufacturing facilities are simply growing quicker elsewhere. California is still the largest manufacturing state in the country but this doesn’t tell the whole story. Los Angeles County in southern California for example lost 7 percent of its manufacturing core since 2010 while the rest of the country grew by more than 12 percent. That means more than 25,000 southern California middle class families lost out on the dream that manufacturing could have provided. ... READ MORE AT THE OC REGISTER





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An invitation to CMTA member companies

Posted by Gino DiCaro, VP, Communications on Dec. 9, 2018

In 2018 CMTA partnered with CompanyWeek to profile Manufacturing Champions -- part of a growing archive of California profiles of manufacturing companies.

The stories of modern manufacturing and the rewarding and exciting career paths within the sector must be told, and they should be told through the lens of California's very best manufacturers and their workers.

We'd like to feature your company and your workers in 2019, so CMTA and CompanyWeek will pick up 100 percent of the costs for all CMTA members. Don’t miss this opportunity to showoff your operations, employees and products. CMTA members such as Jelly Belly and BWC have previously been profiled.

If you are interested, the steps are simple. We'll assign a writer to interview you, by phone, and send a photographer to your location.  If you are a CMTA member and would like to be profiled, please contact me at gdicaro@cmta.net or 916-498-3347. 





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