Advancing Manufacturing Action Team

Problem Statement

  • California is a leader in manufacturing but lacks an advanced manufacturing strategy that will successfully connect large and small manufacturers as well as state, federal and regional partners to develop and implement industry-driven partnerships

Goal Statement

  • Ensure that manufacturing remains a viable, long term component of California’s economy that creates middle-class jobs and opportunities for California residents.


Action Team Co-Leads

  • Chris Harrington, Toshiba America Information Systems (retired) and Orange County Business Council
  • Louis Stewart, Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development

For a full list of Action Team members, click here. For the team’s 2012 accomplishments, see the Summit’s 2013 Year-End Summary Report.

Tracking Progress

Action Team

Goals for the Year

Progress update - September 1, 2015

Priority action identified in Summit Plan to Advance Prosperity in 2014:

Expand industry-led regional manufacturing partnerships focused on developing manufacturing clusters involving manufacturers, universities, community colleges, and training organizations.

Promote 1-2 model manufacturing partnerships in regions that apply for federal grants, for example Central Valley/Bio-Based Alliance and Southern California/aerospace.

Support training programs: Promote training programs for manufacturing in community colleges and universities that meet the skills requirement of industry.

Update - June 16, 2014 Promote manufacturing partnerships: A Southern California aerospace consortium supported by the Summit was named one of 12 new “manufacturing communities” by the U.S. Department of Commerce in May--a new federal designation that will make the region’s public/private manufacturing partners eligible for $1.3 billion in federal funds. Several other Summit-supported groups will seek this designation in the next round. Update - April 5, 2014 Promote manufacturing partnerships: In April, the Summit co-chairs and Manufacturing team lead submitted a letter to Matt Erskine, acting U.S. Secretary of Commerce for Economic Development, expressing support for California regions' applications for the Economic Development Administration's Investing in Manufacturing Communities Partnership (IMCP) designation for manufacturing communities.
Advancing Manufacturing Team's 2013 Action Plan

1. Create a California Campaign for Manufacturing.

California needs to communicate the value of the manufacturing sector and its assets, including markets, workforce, suppliers and technology base.

• Organize and launch a California Campaign for Manufacturing - a communications strategy for both external and internal audiences that shares the message of the importance of manufacturing to the state's economy and the opportunities for manufacturers in California. Tell the story of what manufacturers can do for communities and what communities can do for manufacturers.

• Develop case studies of manufacturing excellence and develop a clearinghouse to communicate those case studies.

• Highlight investment-ready communities that have promoted manufacturing excellence.

Update - June 16, 2014: See update above November 8, 2013 Summit commitments:
Case studies and regional promotion: Over 20 individuals committed to developing and promoting a campaign for California manufacturing. This includes developing case studies of California manufacturers engaging in local sourcing, innovating partnerships, or exports and encouraging cities and counties to participate in developing and promoting the campaign.

2. Make California Regulations a Competitive Advantage.

California has some of the strongest laws and regulations for environmental goals in the nation. These regulations can become a competitive advantage if they support California manufacturers in developing stronger supply chains that meet internationally recognized standards, and increase the manufacturer's rating on industry and especially customer scorecards. This requires working with manufacturers to promote flexibility and innovation through the rulemaking process, and to align with criteria set by customers, industry and standards bodies. By doing so, California can offer an advantage through a healthier ecosystem that fosters manufacturing growth, attraction and retention.

• Align with and support development of common International standards that establish recognized methods for evaluating environmental influences of manufacturing systems, e.g., energy/resource consumption and pollution.

• Work with industry and industry groups to identify regulations that could be modified to increase flexibility for compliance. Select representative customer criteria in select industries to benchmark customer scorecard against appropriate California legal requirements.

• Educate regulators on the most effective ways to work with manufacturers to promote innovation in meeting regulatory standards. Reward manufacturers for voluntary action to exceed state environmental standards--promoting the triple bottom line of industry.

Update - June 16, 2014: See update above November 8, 2013 Summit commitments:
Analysis and communications campaign: Seven individuals made commitments to make California regulations a competitive advantage by (1) analyzing how California regulations align with industry standards such as LEED; (2) developing communications campaign to increase flexibility in rulemaking process.

3. Promote Innovative Manufacturing Partnerships

Based on California's diversity of regions and technology assets, create industry-led regional partnerships focused on manufacturing clusters involving manufacturers, universities and community colleges and training organizations

• Promote technology transfer from universities and national labs to medium- and small-sized manufacturers

• Create a statewide network of regional manufacturing partnerships in cooperation with the federal and state governments and educational institutions

Update - June 16, 2014: See update above November 8, 2013 Summit commitments:
Regional partnerships: Over 15 individuals made commitments to build and strengthen industry-led regional partnerships to promote manufacturing by (1) joining or convening regional industry manufacturing partnership; (2) facilitating connections among industry associations, community colleges, WIBs and other partners; (3) sharing best practices across partnerships; (4) connecting to national manufacturing partnership networks.

4. Support Manufacturing Skills

In every region of the state, and promote training programs for manufacturing in community colleges and universities that meet the skills requirements of industry

• Create Regional Manufacturing Partnership Communities made up of all levels of education, economic and workforce development organizations and manufacturers to create more effective training programs. Complete an Advanced Manufacturing Resource Map to help make connects between manufacturers and resource providers.

• Work with Regional Manufacturing Partnership Communities to increase the number of students earning degrees and certificates that lead to in-demand jobs. Use educational and workforce funds as well as Employment Training Panel (ETP) funds to support manufacturing training program.

• Promote science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) career awareness at all levels of education.

Update - June 16, 2014: See update above November 8, 2013 Summit commitments:
Skills development: A dozen commitments were made to support the development of manufacturing skills by creating and supporting industry partnerships to prepare a workforce that meets the skill requirements of industry and exposing high school students and adult jobseekers to careers in manufacturing.

5. Promote Exports and Direct Investment

California has the opportunity to be a leader in manufacturing exports and foreign direct investment in California manufacturing.

• Create manufacturing export-assistance programs for small and medium-sized businesses by connecting and focusing existing efforts.

• Promote foreign direct investment, especially from Asia.

Update - June 16, 2014: See update above November 8, 2013 Summit commitments:
Mapping and aligning resources: Commitments were made to support exports among manufacturers in California by Mapping global trade resources and aligning export assistance resources to support small-and medium-sized manufacturers.