The reports of manufacturing’s demise in California are probably exaggerated. In Southern California, the largest manufacturing region in the country, there are still 360,000 workers in the industry. The problem for manufacturers is that number of skilled workers is not big enough.
Superior Thread Rolling Company, Inc., in Arleta, is a prime example. This small manufacturing company has been doing business in Southern California for more than 60 years.
The company, which once had a rocky relationship with California, is thriving and contributing significantly to the local and state economies and has doubled its business in the last 10 years. Despite its continued success, the company’s owner says there continues to be some bumps along the road.
California Forward’s Cheryl Getuiza explains.