Manufacturing Output, Businesses and Employment in US1


Manufacturing Jobs2


California has been the center for manufacturing output in the United States for decades.  Since we supplanted New York in 1965, our manufacturing firms have created new industries and supplied the world with manufactured goods spanning aerospace, computers and electronics, and most recently zero emission vehicles.

We have over 35,000 manufacturing firms3, employing over 1.3 million Californians. California is number one in manufacturing firms, jobs, and output and continues to expand its manufacturing prowess into new and emerging technologies. California’s manufacturing companies span industries from food and beverage, machinery, computer and electronics, chemicals, aerospace and motor vehicles.

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$154B Exported Manufactured Goods in 20184

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#1 Shipping Port in the US5

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14% Job Growth in 2018 in Aerospace and Pharmaceutical Product Manufacturing6

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California Competes Tax Credit

The California Competes Tax Credit is an income tax credit available to businesses who want to relocate, stay, or grow in California. Our team provides no-cost consultations to see if your business qualifies.

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Sales and Use Tax Exemption for Manufacturing

This program, administered by the California Department of Tax and Fee Administration, provides a sales tax exemption of 3.9375% for basic manufacturing equipment. In addition, equipment for food processing, research and development, and biotechnology are also eligible for the exemption. Tenant improvements for manufacturing or research and development may also be eligible. The partial exemption applies only to the state sales and use tax rate portion. The exemption does not apply to any local, city, county, or district taxes.

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Advanced Transportation and Manufacturing Sales and Use Tax Exclusion

The California Alternative Energy and Advanced Transportation Financing Authority (CAEATFA) provides a full sales and use tax exclusion for advanced manufacturers and manufacturers of alternative source and advanced transportation products, components or systems. The program was expanded to include advanced manufacturing projects and projects using recycled feedstock.