We face many challenges unique to the Central Valley. For more than two decades, the Manufacturers Council has been finding solutions to industry’s most pressing problems by building bridges between the public and private sectors.Close monitoring of federal, state and local legislative and regulatory issues by the MCCV keeps members informed on matters that impact their businesses. When issues hit the front burner, the MCCV draws upon the technical expertise and leadership skills of its members to provide responsible and reasonable policy solutions.
California’s eight-county San Joaquin Valley is one of the largest, most efficient and most sophisticated manufacturing regions in the entire nation, and one of the most threatened due to a number of factors. It’s also one of our best kept secrets because most don’t equate farming and food processing with manufacturing. Yet, when one looks at the definition of manufacturing: to make goods from raw materials, especially with the use of industrial machines; there should be little question. Food and beverage processors take raw agricultural commodities and transform them into value-added products which are then marketed throughout the world.
If the eight San Joaquin Valley Counties were a separate state, based on agricultural productivity and crop value, they would be the #1 farm state in the nation, leading Texas and Iowa, with the rest of California, dropping to fourth place. The diversity and volume of the agricultural production is far beyond what can be sold at farmers markets, roadside stands and grocery stores during the harvest season. As a result, a highly technological and sophisticated industry has developed to transform this perishable bounty into high quality, healthy and affordable food products which are available year-round and for distribution world-wide.
Diligence on the part of MCCV Member companies has contributed to continual improvements in the San Joaquin Valley's air quality, despite the increase in population and vehicles. Industrial sources such as boilers, generators and process equipment contribute only a fraction of the air emissions in the valley, yet they are the focus of most regional air district regulations. Because of this, MCCV works to effectively and proactively address the ever evolving air rules and regulations, placing a high priority on promoting fairness, technical feasibility and cost effectiveness.
A booming Central Valley population has led to residential encroachment upon industrial areas, subjecting once solidly commercials areas to the vagaries of neighborhood planning issues.
Sustainability and innovation are essential to a vibrant, thriving San Joaquin Valley manufacturing sector. MCCV promotes sustainable practices that are environmentally sound, economically feasible and socially equitable.
From energy to transportation, utility and infrastructure issues impact MCCV members significantly. Manufacturing relies on the efficient movement of goods to and from production facilities.
Government funding mechanisms, including taxes and fees, add considerably to the cost of business for MCCV member companies. MCCV works to ensure that: fees are reasonable; fees have a direct relationship to the purpose for which they are charged; fees are implemented fairly across user groups; and a causal connection or nexus exists between the product and the impacts targeted by the fees.
A safe and secure water supply is essential to the San Joaquin Valley manufacturing industry. Wastewater management also poses challenges for many facilities. As a result, the MCCV tracks regulatory policies, trends and technologies that influence water supply availability, water quality, water re-use and wastewater management.