The first Friday in October is celebrated as Manufacturing Day. A movement that started in 2012 has grown steadily with participation rapidly increasing each year with manufacturing companies across the U.S. opening their doors to raise awareness of manufacturing and to expose people, especially students, to the potential for careers in manufacturing.
Fremont is considered the regional hub of Advanced Manufacturing with over 900 manufacturing companies located in the city. Not only has the City of Fremont celebrated Manufacturing Day since the program’s inception, it has consistently had the strongest participation in the entire state with more than 10% of all tours in California taking place in Fremont. The City understands the benefits and the talent needs of our driving industries and has taken on a leadership role in connecting manufacturers and the next generation of workers.
With the primary goal of inspiring the next generation of manufacturers, Manufacturing Day also aims to educate the public at large on the importance of the role manufacturers play in our daily lives. With a growing shortage of manufacturing skills, and a steep increase in available job opportunities in the industry, this event is an opportunity for students to get up close and personal with modern manufacturing and learn about rewarding professions and state-of-the-art products that are being built by today’s high-tech manufacturing companies. This unique experience can spark interest and lead to further studies, a new generation of skilled workers, and an eventual closing of the skills gap.
This year the City of Fremont along with the participating companies and educational institutions promoted manufacturing in Fremont by hosting over 500 students for Manufacturing Day tours and exposing young people to modern manufacturing operations and careers.
Participating Fremont companies included ALOM, Anaspec, Bay Area Circuits, Elring Klinger, Evolve Manufacturing, Ichor, LAM Research, Mass Precision, Seagate, Sonic Manufacturing, South Bay Solutions, Steri-Tek, and Tesla.