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Silicon Valley Solar Startup Tandem PV Joins CMTA

Sacramento, Calif. – The California Manufacturers & Technology Association (CMTA) welcomed Tandem PV, an innovative solar energy startup, to the organization today. The Silicon Valley startup is leading the charge to develop and commercialize a more powerful and...

Digital Consultancy Firm Hitachi Digital Services Joins CMTA

Sacramento, Calif. – The California Manufacturers & Technology Association (CMTA) welcomed Hitachi Digital Services to the organization today. Hitachi Digital Services, a wholly owned subsidiary of Hitachi Ltd., is an edge-to-core digital consultancy and...

Profile Series: Meet Beau Huiskens, the CEO of Taurus Fabrication

In our latest Profile Series highlighting the incredible leaders behind California’s manufacturers, discover the story behind the success of a California manufacturing business rooted in generations of craftsmanship. Beau Huiskens, CEO of Taurus Fabrication and CMTA...

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Manufacturing Minute: The U.S. Department of Energy Awards Funding to California Manufacturers

Apr 3, 2024

Find out California’s manufacturing news in the latest Manufacturing Minute episode with CMTA’s Vice President of Communications, Ananda Rochita. Manufacturing Minute is powered by Tri Tool Technologies. 

This week’s Manufacturing Minute brings significant strides in decarbonization efforts across various energy-intensive industries in California. 

Several of CMTA’s board member companies, including Gallo Glass, International Paper, and ExxonMobil, are among the 33 recipients selected to deploy the first-in-the-nation emissions-reducing technologies. These projects are part of the U.S. Department of Energy’s previous announcement of up to $6 billion in funding through the Inflation Reduction Act and 2021’s infrastructure law. 

These projects not only aim to cut emissions but also potentially revolutionize the energy and transportation manufacturing sectors, reinforcing the future of U.S. manufacturers on a path toward sustainability. 

Photo Courtesy: Pacific Steel Group

Plans for the state’s first steel mill built in a half-century are in the works.  

The Kern County Board of Supervisors has officially approved the Pacific Steel Group’s plans for a scrap metal recycling and steel rebar mill. These plans mark a significant development in California’s manufacturing landscape, as this will be the state’s first mill constructed in over 50 years. The mill will span 174 acres and be powered predominantly by a 63-acre solar array to work towards sustainable manufacturing practices. With the creation of an estimated 400 full-time jobs post-construction, this project not only boosts local economies but also positions California as a hub for innovative steel production.  

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The U.S. Labor Secretary recently took a trip to one of the nation’s oldest bus manufacturers right here in California. 

The U.S. Secretary of Labor Julie Su’s recent visit to Gillig, a 134-year-old bus manufacturing company, highlights the connection between sustainable transportation and manufacturing. With a focus on investing in green technology and combating climate change, Su’s visit underscores the importance of infrastructure development and innovation in shaping the future of transportation.  

Gillig’s diverse propulsion systems helped showcase insights into electric vehicle performance and grid infrastructure. As research and development efforts intensify, the manufacturing sector remains committed to driving technological advancements that will redefine the landscape of sustainable mobility. 

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