Bay Area Manufacturing Week


San Leandro is building upon its deep manufacturing history, transforming into an innovation and advanced manufacturing hub, with exciting startup businesses pushing the envelope in hardware, food manufacturing, and the internet of things. The slogan, We Make Things, goes beyond San Leandro’s industrial sector, with the many innovative businesses, entrepreneurs, and students who are working to find new solutions for business, environmental, and social problems.

San Leandro has a long industrial history, first in making plows and Caterpillar tractors, then in canning, and then in Chrysler vehicles. This has created a legacy of skills in metals and machining, food processing and distribution, and instruments and process controls. This is precisely why San Leandro continues to preserve around 23% of its land for industrial use, as the industrial/manufacturing sector continues to contribute significantly to San Leandro’s economy ($52 million 2014-2017).  In 2020, approximately 32% of San Leandro’s jobs were in the Production, Distribution, and Repair (PDR) sectors, employing over 14,000 people with a median wage of $68,000. Manufacturing jobs have historically been the cornerstone of the local economy, providing good wages to persons with a diversity of skill and education levels and offering career pathways for advancement.

In 2022, the City of San Leandro's Economic Development Team worked on a supplement in the San Francisco Business Times that features stories on San Leandro's rich history in manufacturing and innovation.

Each year, National Manufacturing Day and Bay Area Manufacturing Week are held to highlight the value and importance of Manufacturing in America.  In 2023, Bay Area Manufacturing Week celebrations are currently in the works.

Bay Area Manufacturing Week Kick-Off (Virtual) - October 6, 2023

This kick-off event is hosted by the Bay Area Manufacturing Initiative for Bay Area Manufacturing Week 2023. The event features several Bay Area elected officials who will share their journey to becoming champions for local manufacturing and ideas for how to reach and inform officials in your city.
Visit the Bay Area Manufacturing event calendar for more details.

Chamber of Commerce Industry Meet-Up - October 6, 2023 (4PM-6PM) - Drake's Barrel House (1933 Davis Street)

The San Leandro Chamber of Commerce is hosting an invitation-only event for San Leandro manufacturer - celebrating women in Manufacturing. Local makers are invited to join this networking event to connect, converse, and champion diversity. 

Celebrating Women in Manufacturing

The City of San Leandro is producing a series of videos interviewing woman leaders in the San Leandro manufacturing community. Stay tuned for daily releases of these videos during Manufacturing Week! Once launched, these videos will be available on the City of San Leandro YouTube channel.

San Leandro Manufacturer Tours - October 9-13, 2023

Stay tuned for information on public tours in San Leandro. Visit the Bay Area Manufacturing event calendar for regional events.

Energy Recovery Facility Tour - manufacturer of sustainable desalination and wastewater treatment.

Tuesday, October 10, 2023 - 9AM-10AM
Eventbrite Registration
Thursday, October 12, 2023 - 1PM-2PM

Eventbrite Registration
Energy Recovery - 1717 Doolittle Drive, San Leandro, CA 94577

21st-Amendment Facility Tour - award-winning brewery

Wednesday, October 11, 2023 - 4:00PM-4:45PM (Limited to 20 attendees)
Thursday, October 12, 2023 - 4:00PM-4:45PM (Limited to 20 attendees)
21st-Amendment Brewery - 2020 Williams Street, San Leandro, CA 94577
Eventbrite Registration (Registration is required)

Watch the Made In San Leandro video tours - from Manufacturing Week 2022:

Made in SL: 21st-Amendment Brewery

Made in SL: Halus Power Systems

Made in SL: Scandic

Made in SL: Torani 

Advanced Manufacturing Day Student Tours - November 3, 2023

On November 3, 2023, Eden ROP and Chabot College are partnering on morning tours of local manufacturers for local high school students. These tours will be from 9am until 10am and will bus 30-40 students to local manufacturers.

You may also enjoy this video from the 2015 East Bay Manufacturing Day event collaboration between San Leandro, San Lorenzo, Hayward, and Castro Valley unified school districts, Eden ROP, the San Leandro Chamber of Commerce, PilotCity, Chabot College, and East Bay Career Pathways Consortium that shuttled over 450 eager high school students to various local manufacturers in an effort to expose the students to potential career paths in manufacturing. This event took place from 2015 through 2019 but was halted during the COVID-19 Pandemic.