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We’re changing the narrative of the manufacturing industry one story at a time. CMTA’s award-winning storytelling team showcases California’s 30,000 manufacturers by uplifting the voices of our makers. Find industry news and the stories from those “Making California” below. 

Organic Fertilizer Company, Glogens, Joins CMTA

Sacramento, Calif. – The California Manufacturers & Technology Association (CMTA) welcomed Glogens, a fertilizer and plant nutrient company, to the organization today. The Sacramento organic fertilizer company utilizes natural coal and amino acids to enhance...

Sustainable House Manufacturer, ReMo Homes, Joins CMTA

Sacramento, Calif. – The California Manufacturers & Technology Association (CMTA) officially welcomed ReMo Homes, a pioneering modular manufacturing company, to the organization today. ReMo Homes is working towards providing zero-carbon, cost-effective modular and...

Navigating a New Era of Manufacturing: Harnessing AI in the Industry

Webinar presented by Hitachi Digital Services and Dr. Chetan Gupta, head of AI research at Hitachi Sacramento, Calif. – The California Manufacturers & Technology Association (CMTA) hosted an exclusive webinar on the evolving landscape of the manufacturing...

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...

Press Release

Manufacturing Minute: SF State Receives A $14 Million Grant from The Genentech Foundation

May 28, 2024

This week’s Manufacturing Minute highlights three significant advancements that are shaping the industry’s future. Manufacturing Minute is powered by Tri Tool Technologies.


$14 Million STEM Grant to San Francisco State 

Courtesy of San Francisco State University

First, San Francisco State University has received a generous $14 million grant from CMTA board member Genentech. The Genentech Foundation is supporting underrepresented students in STEM and to enhance its life sciences programs. This new five-year funding builds on a longstanding partnership that has already provided over $33 million, benefiting more than 700 students since 2008. With this latest support, an additional 350 students will receive scholarships, research opportunities, and career prep. Not only does this grant from Genentech support SF State’s students, but it will support California’s life sciences sector and boost the state’s manufacturing capabilities in the long run. 

Amazon’s Electric Trucks in California

Courtesy of Amazon

In a significant move towards sustainability, Amazon is deploying 50 Volvo VNR Electric trucks in California, marking its largest rollout of heavy-duty electric vehicles. This fleet, including a dozen trucks for drayage operations at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, aims to reduce Amazon’s carbon footprint as the state transitions to zero-emission vehicles. With a range of 275 miles and a gross combination weight of 82,000 pounds, these electric trucks are set to revolutionize heavy-duty trucking. Udit Madan, VP of Worldwide Amazon Operations, expressed excitement about this initiative, emphasizing the importance of decarbonizing the challenging sector of heavy-duty transportation. 

Webinar for Manufacturers Navigating AI

Lastly, CMTA is hosting an exclusive FREE webinar presented by Hitachi Digital Services, focusing on the transformative power of artificial intelligence in manufacturing. Led by Dr. Chetan Gupta, Hitachi R&D’s head of AI research, this webinar will delve into how AI is revolutionizing the industry through applications in predictive maintenance, quality control, energy management, and more. This is a rare opportunity to gain insights into leveraging AI to enhance operations, identify high-impact use cases, and develop a successful AI strategy. Seize this chance to lead your team into a new era of manufacturing excellence.

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