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.

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.

Best of 2019: Cannabis Manufacturing

From genetically engineered yeast that produce THC to industrial-capacity extraction powerhouses, theses 10 manufacturers captured the attention of CompanyWeek's Cannabis Manufacturing Report.

Data Dive: Vape Scare

Sales data shows a first-ever decline in vape product sales following the recent health scare, but long-term forecasts remain sky-high.


CEO Peichen Chang's company manufactures compact devices that allow customers to take cannabis testing into their own hands.

AleSmith Brewing Company

Owner and CEO Peter Zien keeps up with the craft brewing times by staying nimble and innovative while maintaining tradition.

Brewing Report: Taproom Sales Strategies

With offsite competition increasingly fierce, some breweries are focusing on taproom sales as a means to increase profits.

Mad Jack Snowsports

Co-founders Kristin and Eric Mehiel are putting skiers in snowboard boots with their innovative system.


President and CEO Robin Smith Hoke sees dynamic growth potential for the medical outsourcing partner.