Solar Turbines Headlines CMTA's Fall Board Meeting and Hosts Legislative Visit

By CMTA Staff

Capitol Update, Nov. 20, 2019 Share this on FacebookTweet thisEmail this to a friend

Solar Turbines in San Diego, a subsidiary of Caterpillar Inc., recently hosted CMTA's Fall Board of Directors Meeting and a tour of the Kearney Mesa production and testing facility. In a word, the tour was incredible. Solar makes large land-based turbines and compressors for power generation and oil & gas distribution. Several production employees come through a state-leading Apprenticeship program that creates tremendous career and skills opportunities. Safety, innovation, skills, and precision are core values at the facility that houses large industrial gas turbine engine packages that will soon be shipped and tested all over the world. Pictured below, CMTA's Board (including Caterpillar employee and Solar Turbines representative Jim Halloran) stands in front of Solar's C75 gas compressor - a product that has the latest state-of-the-art technology designed to handle severe environments and operating conditions.

Days later, Solar also brought in Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzales and San Diego Supervisor Nathan Fletcher (pictured below with Caterpillar Executive Vice President Tom Pellette and Jim Halloran) to tour the facility to underscore the tremendous opportunities throughout the entire operations. Solar has met the company's skills challenges head-on with Apprenticeships and in-house training, and works every day to reduce its greenhouse gases within its natural gas-intense testing facility. California would be well served to work toward a competitive operating environment for this cherished manufacturer -- a company that leaves its economic footprint everywhere in San Diego. They have a total of 4,500 employees at their two San Diego facilities. Many of those employees have been with the turbine manufacturer for decades and built their lives and families on the success of their careers at Solar.

Bringing in local and state leaders is exactly what many manufacturers should be doing throughout the state to deliver the powerful message of manufacturing and to move the needle toward competitive policies in California. Thank you to Solar for facilitating these events and thank you to Assemblywoman Gonzalez and Supervisor Fletcher for taking the time to see why the "Making California" legislative agenda is so important.

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