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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. 

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...

Microgrid Industry Leader, Enchanted Rock, Joins CMTA

Sacramento, Calif. – The California Manufacturers & Technology Association (CMTA) officially welcomed Enchanted Rock, an industry leader in electrical resiliency-as-a-service, to the organization today. Enchanted Rock is leading the way with its innovative...

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Manufacturing Minute: Union Pacific’s Big Boy Steam Locomotive Coming to California

Jul 9, 2024

This week’s Manufacturing Minute brings exciting developments across the manufacturing sector in California from our CMTA members. Manufacturing Minute is powered by Tri Tool Technologies. 

Watch the latest episode in the video player above. 


Union Pacific’s Big Boy No. 4014 is Coming to California


Union Pacific Big Boy No. 4014 |Courtesy of Union Pacific

First, CMTA board member Union Pacific’s Big Boy No. 4014, the world’s largest steam locomotive, will be on display in Roseville on July 12-13 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. This event, part of Union Pacific’s “Big Boy Westward Bound” tour, honors the rich legacy of Union Pacific while celebrating its employees and the communities it serves. The City of Roseville is enhancing the event with additional activities at Vernon Street Town Square on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., alongside a special exhibit at the Carnegie Museum in Old Town Roseville. 
This historic locomotive, initially delivered in 1941 and retired in 1961 after traveling over a million miles, was restored in 2019 and is a testament to Union Pacific’s storied history and commitment to preservation. 


PepsiCo Expands EV Fleet Across California


Tesla Class 8 Semi-Truck | Courtesy of PepsiCo

Next, PepsiCo Beverages North America (PBNA), CMTA’s newest member, is making significant strides in sustainable transportation by expanding its electric-powered fleet in California. The deployment of fifty Class 8 Tesla semi-trucks and seventy-five Ford E-Transit electric vans will revolutionize PBNA’s logistics operations. This initiative aligns with PepsiCo’s ambitious pep+ goal to achieve net zero emissions by 2040. This project is a part of California Climate Investments, supported by grants from the California Air Resources Board, the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District, and the California Energy Commission.  

PepsiCo’s Fresno facility, a 170,000-square-foot manufacturing plant, is now equipped with advanced Tesla chargers and Megapack Battery Energy Storage Systems to support these new electric vehicles, marking a substantial step towards a greener future. 


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