The importance of local manufacturing to the Bay Area’s economy and to our physical safety has become increasingly clear this year.

In addition to ensuring that we have the essential products we need to survive, our local manufacturers have set a shining example of creative problem-solving: retooling to offer new products; displaying deep caring for their employees; modeling responsibility to the greater community through donations and volunteering; and, above all, leading with vision and heart.

Join SFMade, MFG:SJ, the Bay Area Urban Manufacturing Initiative, and our 30+ partner cities and counties in paying tribute to the work that manufacturers do every day to create a safe and robust Bay Area during 2020 Bay Area Manufacturing Week.

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Manufacturing is an Engine for Equity

October 9 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm


Manufacturing is an Engine for Equity

Join us for a conversation about the value of manufacturing and the promise it holds for creating equitable economic opportunities for all.

Manufacturing is one of the few remaining sectors where individuals without post-secondary education can enter and build a pathway to advancement. With specialized and on-the-job training, manufacturing has the ability to create stable, middle-wage jobs. Realizing the potential of the sector requires companies to be intentional and inclusive in their hiring practices, and it requires training programs to prepare the workforce for the manufacturing jobs of the future.

The panelists include:

  • Robin Petravic, Owner & Managing Director of Heath Ceramics
  • Ryan Spurlock, Founder & Executive Director of Humanmade
  • Erica Staley, Executive Director of Manufacturing Renaissance

Facilitated by Bernadine Hawes, Chairwoman at Delaware Valley Industrial Resource Center


October 9
11:00 am - 12:30 pm