CMTA members show off their stuff

By Michael Shaw

Capitol Update, July 31, 2015 Share this on FacebookTweet thisEmail this to a friend

Earlier this week, CMTA members Alcoa Fastener Systems and Rings and Keystone Engineering hosted tours with legislators at their facilities to educate them about the value of manufacturing in California and the challenges facing the industry.

Assembly Member Jacqui Irwin (D-Thousand Oaks) visited Alcoa in Newbury Park where she learned about the process the company employs to manufacture fasteners primarily used in the aerospace industry. The company is a critical supplier for major aerospace manufacturers who depend on a highly reliable, consistent supply of materials in order to meet their own production schedules for the military and commercial buyers. Assembly Member Irwin listened as company representatives discussed concerns energy costs and reliable water supplies. She shared with the company about her efforts to keep manufacturing growing in California.

Keystone Engineering in Long Beach manufactures components, including fuel tanks and pressurized containers, for space vehicles and other aerospace applications. Assembly Member Patrick O'Donnell (D-Long Beach) toured the facility and talked with employees about ways to keep manufacturers competitive in California. As an educator himself, Assembly Member O'Donnell shared his interest in growing an educated workforce to keep the stream on qualified employees flowing into companies like Keystone.

CMTA is grateful for these members opening their doors to their legislators to show them what California manufacturing is all about and establishing relationships that strengthen our advocacy program. If you are interested in hosting a tour with your legislators, please contact Michael Shaw at


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