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Press Release

CMTA Announces New Members Spotlighting an Evolution in Construction, Education, and Transportation

Oct 27, 2022

Sacramento, CA – The California Manufacturers & Technology Association (CMTA) today announced three new members: EnergySource MineralsMark III Construction, and Voxy.

“The essence of the manufacturing industry is active transformation,” said Lance Hastings, President and CEO of CMTA. “When we talk about manufacturing, we speak in the present tense: an ever-present notion of creation, a constant sense of improving upon as we embolden our makers and doers to push us forward and evolve from what is to what can be. The three companies we now welcome as CMTA’s newest members embody that spirit of unending exploration and betterment.”

In California’s Imperial County, EnergySource Minerals leads the state’s transition to clean energy through its revolutionary ability to extract lithium in a more environmentally sustainable way. Lithium, which is a key component in the rechargeable lithium-ion batteries for electric cars, solar panels and other green technologies, also represents a major source for local jobs and tax dollars.

“It’s a rare thing in a burgeoning industry when you can embrace a true win-win-win scenario,” said Eric Spomer, CEO, EnergySource Minerals. “At EnergySource, we are thrilled to have developed the most sustainable technology to supply lithium to meet the growing demand for electric vehicles while providing meaningful jobs and employment opportunities to the local region. We look forward to having CMTA on this exciting journey with us and appreciate their collaboration and support.”

Headquartered in Sacramento with an additional office in Fresno, Mark III Construction delivers projects across California. After nearly 50 years in business, the company continues to be family-owned as it transforms from a construction-based company to a manufacturing-based company.

“Named ‘Best Place to Work’ by the Sacramento Business Journal six consecutive years, we continue to live our company’s mission, leading the evolution of construction, and work towards our vision, expose the world to a new way to build,” said Dan Carlton, President at Mark III  Construction. “We are proud to join an association that fights for every manufacturer’s right to explore and exceed expectations right here in California.” 

According to the World Economic Forum, as a direct result of rapid technological advancement and post-pandemic shifts, 50% of all employees will need to be reskilled by 2025. In order for organizations to stay competitive in today’s market and prepare their workforce for the future, they need to invest in impactful training initiatives. With its AI-driven platform, Voxy, an innovative English training solution, has been used successfully by hundreds of clients to successfully break down language learning barriers and create internal career pathways for high potential talent to excel.

“In the US, there is a huge population of high-potential talent that is lacking access to career advancement as a direct result of low English proficiency, whether that be the communication skills they need to successfully collaborate with their peers, or a lack of confidence that prevents them from showcasing their abilities,” says André Almeida, VP of Enterprise Sales & Market Development. “Voxy’s accessible, mobile program is designed to meet the needs of this population, and help new Americans develop the skills they need to thrive in their careers, and in turn, generate positive business results for their companies. Organizations don’t have to bear the cost of this alone; there are grants available in states, including California, dedicated to supporting these initiatives.”

CMTA represents more than 400 businesses from California’s entire manufacturing community – an economic sector that generates more than $300 billion every year and employs more than 1.3 million Californians. If you would like to join CMTA, please email our Director of Member Engagement & Business Development, Sarah Johnson.


About CMTA: The California Manufacturers & Technology Association has advocated for pro-growth laws and regulations before the California legislature and administrative agencies since 1918. Total output from manufacturing in California is $300 billion per year, roughly 10 percent of the total economic output of the state. Manufacturers employ 1.3 million Californians paying wages more than $25,000 higher than other non-farm employers in the state. For more information, visit the CMTA website.
  About EnergySource Minerals:
EnergySource Minerals is a privately held company leading the development of Project ATLiS—a premier lithium project located in Imperial County, California, United States—as well as the ILiAD technology platform, which is being developed and deployed to lithium operations worldwide.  Schlumberger New Energy and TechMet Ltd. have equity interest in EnergySource Minerals.
About Mark III Construction:
Mark III Construction is a family-owned multi-trade subcontractor and commercial service provider headquartered in Sacramento and with an additional office in Fresno. Founded in 1976, Mark III has provided the industrial and commercial construction industries with mechanical, electrical, plumbing, and utilities. With an impressive project history in healthcare, education, distribution centers, and foodgrade industries, Mark III can perform initial construction, tenant improvements, and remodels.
An in-house virtual construction team gives Mark III the capacity to design entirely detailed MEP systems before construction ever begins, mitigating waste and reducing field install time. Instead of multiple consultants and countless subcontractors, clients can work with Mark III exclusively to eliminate multiple profit layers and complexity of schedules. From design to delivery, Mark III takes a big picture approach to the construction process. With a vision to expose the world to a better way to build, the company treats projects as products and makes way for innovation as the driving force behind all decisions.
Additionally, a dedicated service team provides preventative maintenance, repairs, and 24/7 emergency service for HVAC, plumbing, electrical, and fire protection.
About Voxy:
Voxy is an innovative corporate training solution that has been used successfully by hundreds of corporate clients around the world to upskill their teams. Our AI-driven platform, accessed both on desktop and any mobile device, allows each learner to follow a fully personalized and highly engaging learning experience. Voxy’s comprehensive content library covers more than 45 technical and soft skill courses and 25,000+ English lessons taken from renowned resources such as the AP, the Financial Times, Bloomberg, and more. Voxy courses are accompanied by certified teachers who offer round-the-clock, remote live instruction, empowering people to improve communication, foster collaboration, and grow global businesses. Our scalable solution, facilitated by our comprehensive admin reporting dashboard, results in an effortlessly inclusive program, designed to drive results for modern learners.
Backed by leading investors in education and technology, Voxy was founded in New York City and has teams across the US, Brazil, Chile, Mexico, Singapore, Spain and Ireland.
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