Silicon Valley is known for its tech community and the disruptive products it produces. These products have helped change the way we live and how we connect. Many, however, are unaware of the industries making all this possible. 

Silicon Valley‚Äôs agile manufacturing supports the tech ecosystem. From ideation to prototyping to production agile manufacturing is key to Silicon Valley‚Äôs success. Beyond the end products it produces for the tech sector, it also provides jobs to many who call Silicon Valley home. 

In the San Jose Metropolitan Statistical Area, manufacturing employs nearly 16% of all workers—or 167,000 people. In San Jose, there are 65,000 manufacturing jobs.

To ensure it has a continuous flow in its local talent pipeline, this industry sector is working closely with both the City of San Jose and The Silicon Valley Organization. Through these partnerships, manufacturers are generating awareness—and interest—in their companies, their products and their jobs through facilities tours like the ones taking place this week.

This National Manufacturing Day, on Oct. 6, 2017 manufacturers, cities, businesses and schools are coming together to shed light on the role manufacturing plays within their regional economy.

Nationally, there are more than 2,000 Manufacturing Day events planned, with 187 planned in California.

In Silicon Valley, there are 17 planned events, including the two-day San Jose Manufacturing Week event previously mentioned.

The SVO's strive san jose, together with the City of San Jose's Office of Economic Development and SVO member NextFlex are bringing together more than 800 local high school students to experience first-hand advanced technologies being developed right here in their backyards through facilities tours at nearly a dozen local manufacturers.

Students from Campbell Union High School District, East Side Union High School District, Metropolitan Education District and San Jose Unified School District will have a chance to see what careers in STEAM look like. They will learn how careers in design, engineering and manufacturing converge to support the region's innovation ecosystem.

Other official Silicon Valley Manufacturing Day events include:


Oct. 6, 10AM - 5PM


Oct. 6, 10 AM - 12 PM 

Power Design Services


Oct. 6, Invitation-Only

Streamline Circuits Corp.

Oct. 6, 11:30AM - 2:30PM

“Made in America’s” John Ratzenberger and Keyedin


Oct. 2-5, Invitation-Only

Northrop Grumman


Oct. 13, 9PM

City of Milpitas & Milpitas Unified School District


Oct. 6,  8:30 - 10AM

City of Morgan Hill & Morgan Hill Chamber of Commerce Event

Oct. 6, 1:30PM

Creative Manufacturing Solutions

Oct. 6, 10:30AM

Golden State Assembly

Oct. 6, 3:30PM

Kettle Cuisine

Throughout the month, we will have a series of #MadeinSJ features that highlight the work being done within the manufacturing sector, our partners and members, and ways to engage.

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