There’s a good reason that WESTEC, a trade show and conference produced by SME and AMT—The Association for Manufacturing Technology, takes place in Southern California every other year.
California, the “Golden State,” is the most populous state in the U.S. and has an outsized impact on American manufacturing. The Los Angeles area, the country’s second largest census statistical area, has a particularly large impact on manufacturing.
“The size and depth of our state’s population and geography allow an impressive manufacturing sector to thrive,” said Ellen McKewen in her blog on the website of California Manufacturing Technology Consulting (CMTC), Torrance, Calif. CMTC is affiliated with the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and is part of the Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) Program. The MEP Program contains 51 centers across the U.S. to serve the manufacturing community.
Manufacturers in California account for over 11% of the total output in the state and employ 9% of the state’s workforce.
McKewen noted that the total manufacturing output in California has been increasing. In 2011, California companies exported over $159 billion worth of merchandise. Also, 87% of California’s exports are accounted for by manufactured products.
“A strong manufacturing sector in California also means that compensation and employment for manufacturing are considerable,” said McKewen. “Manufacturing compensation is nearly 70% higher than other Californian nonfarm employees. Additionally, employment in the state’s manufacturing industry was 8.9% in 2010, and average annual compensation in manufacturing is $84,743.”
California leads the nation in manufacturing and ranks first for almost every general manufacturing category, according to McKewen. “We are among the nation’s leading industries for machinery, fabricated metals, agricultural products, food processing, computers and aerospace technology,” she said. “California is truly America’s ‘Golden State’ for manufacturing!”
CMTC’s Benefits of Exporting video is available here.
Products made by California manufacturers are available on CMTC’s Made in California page, available here.
For more information and to register for WESTEC 2019, visit www.westeconline.com