Latest Champions of Manufacturing

CMTA has partnered with CompanyWeek (CW) California to share information on the state's premier small to mid size manufacturers. CW's featured companies are part of CMTA's Champions recognition program, intended to boost the image of California manufacturing and convince policymakers that manufacturing is the single best way to grow California’s economy and create high quality jobs.

These companies are committed to California and exemplify the high principles of economic growth, innovation, entrepreneurship, and commitment to their employees. Together the CMTA Champions program and CW's profiles displayed below demonstrate how California manufacturers make a positive impact on their industry sector, their employees and their communities.

inVia Robotics

CEO Lior Elazary is catalyzing productivity at warehouses with his company's autonomous robots.


Founder and President Tony Vontz is exploring a new manufacturing model for his functional clothing brand.

Raphio Chocolate

Elisia Otavi's heart-healthy chocolate company enjoys sweet success working with suppliers near and far.


CEO Natasha Case highlights the artisanal aspects of her ice cream treats and non-dairy desserts, as well as her company's very Millennial brand.

CalPlant I

Founder and CEO Jerry Uhland has persevered and commercialized a scalable and eco-friendly manufacturing method for a construction commodity.

Doffo Wines

CEO Damian Doffo is leading the winery to accolades with a direct-to-consumer model and a focus on sustainability.

ePac Flexible Packaging

Managing Partners Walid Boustani and Dustin Steerman provide affordable packaging options for a wide range of manufacturers.

Ulti-Mate Connector

Making microminiature connectors largely by hand, the niche manufacturer caters to the technology needs of its largely military and aerospace customer base.

Outdoor Herbivore

Business is delicious for founder Kim Safdy as she satisfies a growing demand for wholesome vegetarian backpacking grub.

Monster City Studios

Founder and VP James Powell is seeing gargantuan growth manufacturing eye-catching installations for theme parks, pop-ups for brands, and props for Hollywood.