PRESS RELEASE: Manufacturing Day 2019 Spotlights Modern MFG Opportunities in California

By CMTA Staff

Capitol Update, Oct. 4, 2019 Share this on FacebookTweet thisEmail this to a friend

Sacramento, CA – To showcase diverse career opportunities available in the manufacturing industry, the California Manufacturers & Technology Association (CMTA) is happy to announce more than 275 hosted Manufacturing Day events in California to engage, inspire and encourage youth to become the next generation of manufacturers. CMTA will participate in six different events, and the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development Department head Lenny Mendonca will tour and meet with Bishop-Wisecarver in Pittsburg California. 


CMTA is also spotlighting a few, but not all, of its legislative Champions of Manufacturing today. CMTA’s manufacturing vote record will be revealed at the end of the two-year session in 2020 but Manufacturing Day gives us an opportunity to highlight a few specific legislators who worked especially hard and effectively for manufacturing policies this year. We salute the following Legislators for that reason:

  • Assemblymember Autumn Burke
  • Assemblymember Jim Frazier
  • Assemblymember Jim Cooper
  • Assemblymember Blanca Rubio
  • Assemblymember Aguiar-Curry

“Today we celebrate modern manufacturing and all of its opportunity, exciting innovation, its champions, and the largest manufacturing state in the country with 1.3 million workers,” said CMTA President Lance Hastings. "Tomorrow we continue our work on our Making California legislative agenda that seeks to open up more opportunities in the exciting and well paying careers of manufacturing. The future of work is now."

An appropriately timed report also just came out from California’s Employment Development Department. It detailed projected high wage job openings in manufacturing through 2026 in the State. Those jobs included:

  • Petroleum Pump System Operators, Refinery Operators and Gaugers — 3,390 openings — $87k median wage
  • Computer Numerically Controlled Machine Tool Programmers — 2,760 openings — $66.8k median wage
  • First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers — 35,520 openings — $64.0k median wage

“These openings and wages indicate a clear path to success and bright future for both working families and our economy,” said Hastings. “But we must always remember the ever-evolving training and skills necessary to fill these exciting jobs in modern manufacturing."

National Manufacturing Day was created by the Manufacturing Institute, a division of the National Association of Manufacturers. Since the group inaugurated Manufacturing Day in 2012 it has seen impressive and steady growth, with close to 3,000 national events this year.

"Manufacturing Day has become the collective rallying cry of manufacturers preparing for the future by engaging with the workforce of tomorrow today,” said Manufacturing Institute Executive Director Carolyn Lee. “Our industry faces a workforce crisis, with manufacturers needing to fill 4.6 million jobs over the next decade. That’s why The Manufacturing Institute, works tirelessly to engage creative, hard-working talent through initiatives like Manufacturing Day."

“The next frontier of manufacturing in the United States is upon us, and now, more than ever, we need the next generation of creators to join our workforce. We thank our state supporters, like CMTA, for working alongside us to showcase what modern manufacturing really looks like in their own eyes through a Manufacturing Day experience,” said NAM President and CEO Jay Timmons, who also serves as board chairman of The Manufacturing Institute.

CMTA is proud to mention it has the most events among all the States participating.

You can see CMTA’s one pager here with members participating in the Day
You can find an event to attend/cover here
You can follow on twitter through hashtags #MFGDay19 and #MakingCA

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