Unique_women-owned_manufacturing_organizations-1.jpgWomen have come a long way since the 1960's when most women were homemakers and stay-at-home mothers. Statistics published by the Department of Labor outline the increase of women in the workplace beginning in the early 1960's through 2012. In fact, the number of women in the labor force has increased 53% within a 50 year period. 

Today, women are becoming world leaders; leaving an influential imprint on society. Women are tackling not only the world but innovating products and services in the manufacturing industry.

CMTC will be highlighting women-owned businesses over the next few months. If you missed our first blog post on 5 Cutting Edge Women-Owned Manufacturing Organizations in California, be sure to check it out.

In this post, CMTC highlights exceptional women in manufacturing and they may surprise you with the unique and creative products they manufacture.

Our Line-Up

As a non-profit, consulting organization, CMTC proudly serves a diverse array of manufacturers in California through our Made in CA Program. From food products to the aerospace industry, these women make a difference in California.

  1. PALEOTREATS ®: Founded in 2009 by Lee Selman, this scrumptious company delights consumers with desserts that are Paleo diet approved. Lee recognized the sweet tooth cravings among Paleo dieters and decided to help them out by providing Paleo friendly desserts to those who had some rough edges when it came to mixing up some tasty treats for themselves.  You can learn more about PALEOTREATS here and you can follow them on Twitter and Instagram at @paleotreats.
  2. NPI Services, Inc.: Since 1998, this Orange County based company has excelled in quick turn R&D prototype electronic manufacturing services. NPI Services combines engineering and economic expertise to bring products quickly to market.  NPI Services has the following certifications: AS9100C, ISO 13485, and ISO 9001, supporting full and partial turnkey projects for the aerospace, defense, medical, energy, and other industries. Founder and President Judy Greenspon holds a degree in Economics, with a minor in Computer Science, and served in the Peace Corps as a developmental economist managing projects in Southeast Asia. Visit NPI Services on LinkedinFacebookTwitterMade in CA, or at www.npiservices.com.

  3. Flap Happy: About 28 years ago, Los Angeles native and mother of four, Laurie Lipson Snyder, founded this organization. Her idea for Flap Happy stemmed from a desire to design a hat that protected children's faces and necks from the sun and elements. Today, Flap Happy kid's UPF50+ hats & swimwear, as well as their clothing, is a top choice among many shoppers for casual children's clothing. You can see Flap Happy's designs here or check out their Made in CA page. 

  4. Safari Straps: Maral Antablian is the owner of this organization that has been in business since 2008 and makes product quality their number one priority. They manufacture cargo nets, door straps, tie downs and much more, all designed out of polypro, nylon or polyester webbing. You can learn more about Safari Strap here.
  5. Western Manufacturing & Distributing, LLC: The parent company of MC Enterprises, I.V. League Medical, and Outrageous Sign Company was started in a garage in Canoga Park, CA in 1970. Donnell Nichols is CEO with over 15 years of experience in manufacturing and 35 year in sales and customer service. They are a certified Women's Business Enterprise that specializes in manufacturing and distributing motorcycle accessories and medical equipment. They are part of the CMTC Made in CA program, but check out their other websites for more information. www.mcenterprises.com and www.ivleaguemedical.com.  

A Woman’s Insight

Oprah Winfrey once said:  "There is no greater gift you can give or receive than to honor your calling. It’s why you were born.”

Women are honoring their calling and impacting a predominantly male oriented manufacturing industry creating innovative and exceptional products or services right here in California.

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