October is Manufacturing Awareness and Appreciation Month

CDFA Secretary Karen Ross and California Business, Consumer Services and Housing Agency Secretary Alexis Podesta (holding frame) were joined in the Governor’s Office today by manufacturing industry representatives and supporters (from left) Robert Sanger, California Manufacturers and Technology Association Manager of Training Services; Gene Russell, Manex President and CEO; Tammy Cronin, Valley Vision Portfolio Manager and Project Lead; Dorothy Rothrock, California Manufacturers and Technology Association President; Dan Ripke and Michael Suplita, Chico State Center for Economic Development; and Ismael Herrera, CSU Fresno’s Associate Director for Community and Economic Development.

California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) Secretary Karen Ross joined a coalition of manufacturing sector representatives at the State Capitol today for the presentation of a letter from Governor Jerry Brown recognizing October 2017 as Manufacturing Awareness and Appreciation Month. The letter reads, in part, “Manufacturing Jobs are critical to the economy and provide living wages with long-term career opportunities. By aligning and leveraging the efforts of manufacturers, educational systems, Workforce Investment Boards, Economic Development Corporations, Chambers of Commerce, and other public, private, and nonprofit organizations, the short-term shortages of skilled labor can be filled, and long-term solutions can be developed. The manufacturing sector is crucial to the California economy and I thank them for their contributions.”

California has the nation’s largest manufacuturing sector, with food and beverage manufacturing representing the third-largest component – and it’s growing.

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