News & Insights

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...

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...

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

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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Manufacturing Minute: Boeing Subsidiary Leads Development of Space Defense Satellites

This week’s Manufacturing Minute highlights groundbreaking advancements from our CMTA members, showcasing their commitment to innovation. Manufacturing Minute is powered by Tri Tool Technologies.

Watch the latest episode in the video player above. 


Boeing Subsidiary to Spearhead Space Defense Satellites 

Courtesy of Millennium Space Systems

CMTA Board member Boeing has announced a significant milestone with its subsidiary, Millennium Space Systems, securing a $413 million contract from the Space Development Agency (SDA). This contract will aid Millennium in the development of the Fire-control On Orbit-support-to-the-war Fighter (FOO Fighter) system, a constellation of satellites designed to provide fire-control quality sensing against emerging threats. This advanced system will deliver high-fidelity data for tracking and targeting, significantly enhancing the effectiveness of missile defense systems and reinforcing Boeing’s role in advancing national security capabilities.  

Stratolaunch’s Roc Carrier Plane’s New Flight Capabilities 

Courtesy of Stratolaunch

Another exciting development, CMTA member Stratolaunch, has successfully completed a series of flight tests for Roc, the world’s largest flying aircraft and the company’s primary air-launch platform. Conducted from mid-May to mid-June, these flights culminated in achieving a new operational altitude of 35,000 feet and a speed of Mach 0.63. These tests are crucial for optimizing future Talon-A mission operations, aiming for sustained hypersonic flight. Earlier this year, Stratolaunch completed its first successful powered flight of the Talon-A1 (TA-1) vehicle, reaching high supersonic speeds approaching Mach 5. By enhancing Roc’s operational altitude, Stratolaunch is set to achieve higher speeds and extended time on condition for Talon-A, marking a significant leap in hypersonic flight capabilities.

Takeda’s $230 Million Manufacturing Expansion 

Courtesy of Takeda

Lastly, CMTA member Takeda has announced a major expansion of its plasma-derived therapies (PDT) production capacity at its Los Angeles site. This expansion, one of Takeda’s largest single investments in manufacturing capacity, underscores the company’s dedication to better-serving patients and fostering sustainable growth within the local community. The $230 million investment will significantly increase the site’s production capacity, making it Takeda’s largest fractionation site globally. Additionally, this project will create over 125 new positions, further bolstering the local economy and demonstrating Takeda’s commitment to innovation and community development. 

Stay up to date with all manufacturing news by following CMTA on social media. 

CMTA Government Relations Update: A Recently Expired California Incentive Program May be Reestablished

This month’s Government Relations Update video highlights crucial legislative developments for California’s manufacturing sector. 
The California Legislative Summer Recess is approaching on July 3, 2024. This date marks the deadline for policy committees to meet and report bills, after which the State Legislature will take a break and reconvene on August 5, 2024.  

AB 2922 (Garcia), a CMTA Maker Bill, is aimed at revitalizing the recently expired Capital Investment Incentive Program. If successful, this bill will extend the program until January 1, 2035, providing financial incentives to attract qualified manufacturers to California. AB 2922 promotes economic growth, job creation, and regional development by allowing counties and cities to offer tax benefits to manufacturers with significant capital investments. This bill has been referred to the Senate Local Government Committee and represents a substantial opportunity for the state’s manufacturing sector to continue to thrive. 

Learn more about CMTA’s bills here. 

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