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. 

SacTown Talks: Interview with Lance Hastings

Sacramento, Calif. (SacTown Talks) – "Today, we welcome back to the program Lance Hastings, President and CEO of the California Manufacturers & Technology Association. We discuss artificial intelligence, the future of technology, California manufacturing, and...

ISO Certifications Leading to $250k in Tax Credits

Did you know that improving manufacturing processes can qualify for the Research and Development Tax Credit? IMSM, leading ISO specialists, has partnered with Strike Tax Advisory, a firm that enables all businesses to take advantage of the R&D tax credit with no...

Here’s How California’s Budget Deficit Impacts Manufacturers

Sacramento, Calif. – California's Governor Gavin Newsom announced Wednesday the state is facing a projected budget deficit of $37.86 billion. Here's what that means for the Golden State's manufacturers. Read the full budget summary for 2024-25 here. ### About CMTA The...

Fisher Phillips, International Labor & Employment Firm, Joins CMTA

Sacramento, Calif. – The California Manufacturers & Technology Association (CMTA) announced the welcome of Fisher Phillips to its associate membership today. “As CMTA’s government relations team fights for our manufacturers in California’s State Capitol,...

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Manufacturing Minute: Stratolaunch’s Hypersonic Test Vehicle Takes First Flight in California

This week’s Manufacturing Minute, powered by Tri Tool Technologies, highlights significant developments in the aerospace and technology sectors. 

Boeing, a board member of CMTA and member of the Aerospace and Defense Alliance of California (ADAC), secured a substantial $439.6 million contract to construct the 12th Wideband Global SATCOM (WGS) communications satellite for the U.S. Space Force. This contract will enhance crucial communication capabilities for military and allied operations.

Stratolaunch, LLC, another CMTA and ADAC member, celebrated a milestone with the successful inaugural flight of the Talon-A test vehicle. After multiple tests to fully power the Talon A, it took off from the Roc carrier plane and flew over the Pacific Ocean on the California coast at hypersonic speeds. Stratolaunch’s Roc plane is one of the largest in the world. The Talon A vehicle is pivotal in advancing privately funded hypersonic test capabilities. 

Finally, the Biden Administration’s $300 million in semiconductor packaging research and development funding is going out to companies. This funding is a commitment to bolstering technology innovation, particularly in the critical semiconductor sector, as part of the CHIPS for America program.  

These industry updates represent significant strides in aerospace technology and semiconductor research, showcasing the continued progress and innovation within California’s manufacturing industry. Watch your Manufacturing Minute powered by Tri Tool Technologies in the video player below.

Melrose Nameplate & Label Co. Joins CMTA

Sacramento, Calif. – The California Manufacturers & Technology Association (CMTA) welcomed Melrose Nameplate & Label Co. to the organization today.

Melrose Nameplate & Label Co. is a leading manufacturer of graphic products, diecut components, and user interfaces for various applications. Established in 1939 in Oakland, California, to aid with war efforts, the company has evolved while maintaining its proud American heritage.

“Just as CMTA has planted itself as a voice for manufacturers the last 100+ years, Melrose Nameplate has been a staple for the diecut industry,” said Lance Hastings, CEO & President of CMTA. “Small and medium manufacturers, including Melrose Nameplate, are the foundation of our industry, and has and always will be, California’s economic gem.”

Melrose Nameplate & Label Co. works closely with CMTA members, including Boeing, Lockheed Martin, and Tesla, among others. Its clientele spans multiple industries including transportation, audio/entertainment, energy/power, network and data centers, test and measurement, access control and payment systems, medical, and aerospace/defense industries.

“Melrose has been a California manufacturer of durable printed components for equipment for over 80 years. We are now honored to be a member of CMTA and to join with other California manufacturers to achieve economic success while maintaining the beauty and environmental health of our state,” said Kathy Brenner, CEO of Melrose Nameplate & Label Co. “We look forward to participating in all the CMTA events and helping each other in policy advocacy, training opportunities, and manufacturing related issues.”

Committed to quality, Melrose Nameplate & Label Co. undergoes regular audits and holds certifications in AS9100 and ISO 9001:2015 standards. With extensive experience in Mil-Spec requirements and recognition as a UL Authorized label supplier, it offers a wide range of compliance constructions.

The company leverages a global network of technology to provide engineered solutions and deliver tremendous value with product performance. Melrose Nameplate & Label Co. focuses on providing superior quality and tailored solutions to support graphic products, diecut components, and user interface needs.


About CMTA

The California Manufacturers & Technology Association has advocated for pro-growth laws and regulations before the California legislature and administrative agencies since 1918. The total output from manufacturing in California is $300 billion per year, roughly 10 percent of the total economic output of the state. Manufacturers employ 1.3 million Californians paying wages more than $25,000 higher than other non-farm employers in the state. For more information, visit CMTA’s website.

About Melrose Nameplate & Label Co.

Melrose Nameplate & Label Co is an experienced manufacturer of custom nameplates, labels, decals, membrane switches, keypads, graphic overlays, and product identification. Founded in 1939 in the historic Melrose District of Oakland, California, the company has since championed an unrivaled manufacturing process and quality, serving businesses around the world. The company has its headquarters facility in Silicon Valley. For more information, visit Melrose Nameplate’s website.

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