Closing The Gap - Transforming California Manufacturing

Closing The Gap

Transforming California Manufacturing

Closing The Gap - Developing the Next Generation Workforce

Closing The Gap

Developing the Next Generation Workforce

Closing The Gap - Enriching Communities

Closing The Gap

Enriching Communities

SMI is a non-profit, manufacturing-driven institute that recognizes the needs and opportunities to service small manufacturers and school programs. Through local collaboration and regional networks, we create industry models that grow profit, engage local leadership, revive manufacturing educational programs, build skilled workers, and increase economic growth to communities.

Our Endeavors

Our Experience

Manufacturing Facts (USA)

  • 98.6% of manufacturing companies are small businesses

  • 75.3% have fewer than 20 employees

  • 8.6% of the American workforce is employed in manufacturing

  • 52% open positions likely to be vacant due to skills shortage


California is number one in most manufacturing jobs in the nation.

Manufacturers in California employ 7.72% of the workforce, an average of 1,326,000 manufacturing employees (2018).

In 2018, the output from manufacturing was $316.76 billion, accounting for 10.67% of the total output in the state.

The average total annual compensation for a manufacturing employee in California was $105,240.80 in 2017.

Los Angeles-Glendale-Long Beach is the largest industrial center in the nation, with 348,000 manufacturing jobs. But the area has lost an estimated 20% of its manufacturing jobs in the past decade.

Our Supporters

Advanced Manufacturing Partnership of Southern California
California Metals Coalition
Small Manufacturers Association of California
Strong Workforce Apprenticeship Group
National Tooling and Machining Association - Los Angeles Chapter
California Industrial and Technology Education Association and Foundation
Goodwill Southern California
Aero-Flex Pre-Apprenticeship
Coalition for Manufacturing Careers

Our Impact



SMI Donates $10,000 to Pomona Adult and Career Education. In collaboration with the Centers for Applied Competitive Technology, we provided a donation to help preserve and support...

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Dr. Doug Marriott

SMI has been a leader in new economic Development models and workforce training solutions. We have been a partner with them in creating processes that connect the college with...

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Apprenticeship and Pre-Apprentice

SMI is a matchmaker between schools and manufacturers. Within our region model we are out hunting for matches between the best companies and students who are serious about a...

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