The plight of American manufacturing has been greatly exaggerated. In fact, the U.S. remains among the world’s largest manufacturing economies. While our industry must overcome challenges, our story is one of growth. And thanks to American know-how, innovation, and expertise, the future is bright indeed.

    As the national representative of the precision custom manufacturing industry, the National Tooling and Machining Association exists to tell this story with a powerful voice. Backed by nearly 2,000 members, representing more than $40 billion in sales, the clout we collectively wield is considerable. We also serve as a valuable national resource for our members, helping them grow profitably.


    Employment Training Panel

    The Employment Training Panel (ETP) provides funding to employers to assist in upgrading the skills of their workers through training that leads to good paying, long-term jobs. The ETP was created in 1982 by the California State Legislature and is funded by California employers through a special payroll tax that all manufacturers pay into. The ETP is a funding agency, not a training agency. Businesses determine their own training needs and how to provide training. ETP staff is available to assist in applying for funds and other aspects of participation.

    ETP funds are available for manufacturers all over California. Courses that may be of interest to local manufacturers include Lean 6-Sigma, Teambuilding, leadership, communication, and more.

    There is an application process to get these funds. Rarely, is anyone turned down.

    To understand the application process, click here.

    For more information about ETP, click here.


    Make It in LA

    The MAKE IT IN LA Study comprised a survey of 1,600 businesses in L.A. County, CEO focus-groups and convenings, GIS analysis of 30,000 businesses self-reporting as manufacturers, and conversations with more than 100 manufacturing experts.


    Additive Manufacturing

    The Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) announced today the launch of a new Wikipedia page dedicated to Additive Manufacturing. Designed by members of SME’s Direct Digital Manufacturing Tech group, the new page is intended as a repository of information about additive manufacturing, including its origins, terminology, principles and processes.




    For decades, the CalChamber has effectively built support around pro-business legislation and initiatives. Our members trust us to pave the way for a healthy business environment. We do this through our powerful issue coalitions, letter writing and ballot initiative campaigns. Add your voice by joining our grassroots efforts today.


    Economic Forecast & Industry Outlook

    The first quarter has been a treacherous one in recent years, marked by natural disasters (East Coast snowstorm), government machinations (sequestration budget cuts) and sovereign debt crises. This year is no different: the U.S. has been attacked by an economic Hydra in the form of plunging oil prices, central bank uncertainty and volatility in China. Read the full report by clicking here.


    LA County Business Incentives Guide

    LAEDC is pleased to provide an all-new and updated edition of our LA County Business Incentives Guide, published June 30, 2015! It provides details on all 88 cities and the county, and has the potential to help your business bottom line tremendously!



    Los Angeles County, Providing the Ideal Climate for your Business to Thrive…
    At any stage of your business growth – from innovation to export, L.A. County is the creative, design, manufacturing and international trade capital of America. With its $572 billion gross product, Los Angeles County is larger than the economies of Sweden, Norway, Poland, or Belgium. With its 88 cities, 5 million workers, unrivaled cultural diversity and 4500+ foreign-owned establishments, L.A. County is the best place to invest, with billions of dollars of current foreign direct investment underway.


    Jobs Defense Council

    The LAEDC’s SoCal Jobs Defense Council mission is to maintain and grow the aerospace industry in Southern California and, in doing so, support the thousands of businesses, hundreds of thousands of workers, countless families and entire communities throughout the region that depend on a thriving and expanding aerospace industry.



    Precision Metalforming Association (PMA) is the full-service trade association representing the $137-billion metalforming industry of North America—the industry that creates precision metal products using stamping, fabricating, spinning, slide forming and roll forming technologies, and other value-added processes. Its nearly 900 member companies also include suppliers of equipment, materials and services to the industry. PMA leads innovative member companies toward superior competitiveness and profitability through advocacy, networking, statistics, the PMA Educational Foundation, FABTECH and METALFORM Mexico tradeshows, and MetalForming and Fabricating Product News magazines.


    Manufacturing Institute

    The Manufacturing Institute’s Close the Skills Gap framework addresses the current and future skills and workforce development gaps through the three pillars: image, quality and policy. In addition, the Institute offers a variety of toolkits for employers, educators and community leaders to implement skills certifications. Check out the resources we offer, and what they can do for you.



    Formed in 1995 by the metalworking trade associations to develop and maintain a globally competitive workforce, NIMS sets skills standards for the industry, certifies individual skills against the standards and accredits training programs that meet NIMS quality requirements. NIMS operates under rigorous and highly disciplined processes as the only developer of American National Standards for the nation’s metalworking industry accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI).


    Precision News

    Make sure you check out for the latest issue of Precision News!


    NTMA 6S Award – Nominate yourself or another company who should win this!

    6S Excellence Award

    In 2007, a group of NTMA shop apprentices toured Switzerland as guests of the Swiss Embassy. Upon return, they commented on the cleanliness and orderliness of the Swiss facilities relative to US shops. Based on this feedback, the NTMA Education and Technology Teams committed to improve the perception of American manufacturing by promoting and recognizing excellence in member shop organization and efficiency. The 6S Excellence Award was created.

    Download the award audit sheet
    Download the application
    Download more information and the background of the NTMA 6S award



    What is Vocademy?

    We are a place to learn, a place to make things and a community of like-minded people. To be capable human beings, we need to know how to use our hands, not just our brains. Using tools has been a part of our history, it’s in our DNA. We cannot lose those abilities, otherwise we become too dependent on others. The best part is that there is no age limit, no benefit to being male vs. female, no need for advanced degrees. All you need is the desire to learn and have fun! We’ll supply the instructors, the classes, the facility, and the tools!

    We are a community workshop (aka, dream garage or “makerspace”). A building full of equipment, supplies, materials, tools, and most importantly, you! Show up, take some classes, then make whatever your heart desires. Restore a motorcycle, paint a mural, carve a wooden sword, make a billet car accessory, or sew a dress. Anything at all. We want you as a part of our “tribe of makers!”

    We are a place where you can meet people and create amazing things. Vocademy is a melting pot of talent and skills, where people can come together, take an idea, make a prototype and create “the next big thing.” We are a business incubator, a co-working lab, a training center, a hackerspace, a hobby shop and much more. It’s your place, whatever YOU want it to be.


    California Competes Tax Credit

    The California Competes Tax Credit is an income tax credit available to businesses who want to come, stay, or grow in California. Tax credit agreements are negotiated by GO-Biz and approved by a statutorily created “California Competes Tax Credit Committee,” consisting of the State Treasurer, the Director of the Department of Finance, the Director of GO-Biz, and one appointee each by the Speaker of the Assembly and Senate Committee on Rules.


    For fiscal year 2016-17, GO-Biz will accept applications for the California Competes Tax Credit during the following periods:

    • July 25, 2016, through August 22, 2016 ($75 million available)
    • January 2, 2017, through January 23, 2017 ($100 million available)
    • March 6, 2017, through March, 27, 2017 ($68.3 million plus any remaining unallocated amounts from the previous application periods) 


    The Uniquely Abled Academy is a first-of-its-kind collaboration between machine technology educators, specialists in education for those with autism, representatives from state and local social service agencies, and non-profit and for-profit organizations. This exceptional combination is dedicated to properly train, place in the workforce and provide on-going support for qualified students seeking skill-specific well-paying jobs within the manufacturing industry.

    A great case in point – CNC machine operators

    It’s been observed that jobs requiring individuals with a high degree of focused attention to detailed repetitive processes, and following clear objective instructions are well suited for a person with high functioning autism. Indeed, these characteristics are a perfect match for the duties of a CNC (Computer Numerical Control) machine operator, of which there is a huge shortage in the manufacturing industry today. The Uniquely Abled Academy is designed to fill this gap with a new source of talent.