California Manufacturing Technology Consulting (CMTC), a private nonprofit corporation, was established in 1992 as an affiliate of the Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) program to provide consulting services to small and medium-sized manufacturers (SMMs) in California. MEP is a federal program under the National Institute of Standards and Technology that works with U.S. Manufacturers to help them create and retain jobs, increase profits and save time and money—ultimately securing their global competitiveness.
CMTC’s mission is to serve as a trusted advisor to manufacturers, providing solutions which will grow both their businesses and the California economy. One way the company achieves this goal is by participating in Annual Manufacturing Day. MFG DAY is a celebration occurring on the first Friday in October, giving small and medium-sized manufacturers the opportunity to showcase their products and capabilities to students, educators, businesspeople, politicians and the media since its inception in 2012.
MFG DAY also helps to dispel misconceptions about manufacturing—that all work is “dark, dirty and dangerous”—in order to recruit the next generation of skilled workers. And, with manufacturing facilities losing a large number of workers to retirement in the coming years, this is absolutely crucial for the continued success of the industry. And the good news is that it’s working! A Deloitte survey of nearly 270,000 students participating in MFG DAY events revealed that:
- 89% became more aware of manufacturing jobs in their communities
- 84% became more convinced that manufacturing provides rewarding career
- 64% became more motivated to pursue careers in manufacturing
In our Golden State, which boasts the nation’s largest manufacturing sector, CMTC is a vital partner. California’s Manufacturing Network, formed and managed by CMTC, provides services exclusively to SMMs in California. The Network is a collaboration of more than 20 partners that deliver technical assistance, serving more than 1,100 companies annually, generating significant financial impacts for our clients and for our state— proving once again that CMTC is California’s trusted resource for a thriving manufacturing industry.