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.

Precision Molded Plastics

President and CEO David VanVoorhis has revived the family business with automation and Lean techniques as he looks to pivot to more sustainable materials. 

5.11 Tactical

Co-founder and CEO Francisco Morales is guiding the high-flying apparel brand into new markets all over the planet.


President and COO Steve Beckman guides the venerable mannequin manufacturer by emphasizing innovation.

Gordon Brush

CEO Ken Rakusin is guiding the award winning California manufacturer to growth through acquisitions and the capability to make any and all brushes.


President and CEO Jim Quinn is guiding a machine shop that's built for a new millennium.

Rotational Molding

CEO Mario Poma and CFO Doug Russell have engineered a comeback at the longstanding rotomolding shop.

Shaver Specialty Co.

Owner Ron Shaver leads the family business with two distinct product lines: high-end motorsports hardware and vegetable cutters.


Founder Jeff Ladra is merging fashion and function into outdoor apparel for the 21st century, with a focus on U.S. manufacturing

Anderson Valley Brewing Company

Brewmaster and brand ambassador Fal Allen has successfully popularized the once-rare beer style Gose at an esteemed California legacy brewery.


Chief Visionary Beth Esponnette is aiming to reinvent apparel manufacturing and the supply chain through technology.