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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October 2019

Timbuk2 Bags Factory Tour – SFMade Week

October 11, 2019 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Timbuk2 Factory Store, 587 Shotwell Street
San Francisco, CA 94110 United States
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$5.00

Want to see how Timbuk2 makes those "tough-as-hell" bags? Join us for a tour of Timbuk2's bag production factory and follow the steps of how bags are made! You will learn about the inner-workings of a company that has been manufacturing custom bags in SF's Mission District since 1989. We will meet inside the Timbuk2 store. One of the SFMade staff will hold an SFMade Week sign and will check you in before heading inside the factory. Please wear close-toed…

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D.a.D. Sewing Factory Tour – SFMade Week

October 11, 2019 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
D.a.D. Sewing House, 1234 Indiana Street
San Francisco, California 94107 United States
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$5.00

Join us for a tour of Designing A Difference Sewing House’s full-service sewing factory in the Dogpatch! CEO Rebecca Cahua will tell her story and show us what types of garments she produces, and how. This is a rare occasion to see a sewing factory in action. From patterns to gradings, prototypes, screen printing and full service production, Rebecca can also answer any questions. We will meet in front of D.a.D. Sewing House. One of the SFMade staff will hold…

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Manufacturing Foundry Tour: Advanced Mfg, Sewing & Distilling – SFMade Week

October 11, 2019 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Swope Design Solutions, 150 Hooper Street, Unit 101
San Francisco, 94107 United States
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$5.00

Join us for a tour of four different neighboring manufacturers, all located in the Manufacturing Foundry at 150 Hooper St! This fast-paced tour includes an alcohol tasting for ages 21+. We will start with a tour of advanced mechanical engineering firm Swope Design Solutions, then visit the pattern & sample apparel studio Yorkland Productions, stop by non-profit makerspace Humanmade, and finish with a tour of Seven Stills – including both their current location at 150 Hooper and the construction site…

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Urban Farmgirls Factory Tour – SFMade Week

October 11, 2019 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Urban Farmgirls, 1584 Wallace Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94124 United States
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$5.00

Urban FarmGirls Garden Design Company creates a distinct line of garden products, specializing in Pozzola artisan pots & ornamentals, succulent living wreaths and vertical garden boxes for exterior and interior enjoyment. Come explore their studio and learn how they make their artisan pots and wreaths. More info about Urban FarmGirls here: http://www.urbanfarmgirls.com/ We will meet in front of Urban Farmgirls. One of the SFMade staff will hold an SFMade Week sign and will check you in before heading inside. The…

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Shotwell Paper Mill Factory Tour – SFMade Week

October 11, 2019 @ 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Shotwell Paper Mill, 305 Shotwell Street
San Francisco, CA 94110 United States
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$5.00

Join us and learn how paper is made! We use traditional Western and Eastern papermaking techniques to produce sheets one at a time. Our paper is made from old rags, locally grown plant fibers, and/or other plant based textiles that are otherwise headed for the waste stream. We will meet outside in front of Shotwell Paper Mill. One of the SFMade staff will hold an SFMade Week sign and will check you in before heading inside. Please wear close-toed shoes,…

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Anchor Brewing Tour & Tasting – SFMade Week

October 11, 2019 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Anchor Brewery, 501 De Haro St
San Francisco, CA 94107 United States
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$25.00

Get a glimpse at centuries-old craft brewing traditions, a taste of San Francisco history, and a flight of selected Anchor beers. Reserve tickets online. We can accommodate walk-ins Monday through Thursday as space permits. Tours are 90 minutes long. Tours are open to people of all ages. Only those 21+ can imbibe. Please bring your ID. Please wear close-toed shoes, and make sure to check the other events happening during SFMade Week & MFG Day! Questions? Please email events@sfmade.org *****…

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October 2020

Why Manufacturing Matters – Now and in the Future

October 2 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
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Free

Why Manufacturing Matters – Now and in the Future Join us for a timely conversation about the critical importance of local manufacturing with local, state, and federal representatives. Local manufacturing has an important role to play in the COVID-19 response and recovery as it is the lynchpin of our regional supply chain and, when optimally harnessed, is a driver for equity in our community. However, the sector faces challenges to its growth and stability ranging from land use constraints to…

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City of Concord Guest Speaker Series: Calitho

October 5 @ 9:00 am - 10:30 am
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Free

City of Concord Guest Speaker Series: Calitho The City of Concord and Mount Diablo Unified School District are partnering to provide virtual manufacturing experiences to high school students during Manufacturing Week. Concord manufacturers will enter the Zoom classroom as guest speakers to introduce their companies, demo equipment, and discuss career opportunities. Dhara Taheripour, New Business Development Director of Calitho, will be the guest speaker.

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MFG: SJ Careers in Manufacturing Workshop

October 5 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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Free

Careers in Manufacturing Workshop with Manufacture : San Jose Do you like to make things? Are you interested in exploring a career in the mfg sector? Average mfg wages in Santa Clara are $28/hr. Representatives from Manufacture : San Jose (http://www.mfgsj.org/) will talk about career paths in the industry and how to access entry level jobs that offer on the job training. Tune in to advance your career in next generation manufacturing.

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City of Concord Guest Speaker Series: Rivendell Woodworks

October 6 @ 9:00 am - 10:30 pm
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Free

City of Concord Guest Speaker Series: Rivendell Woodworks The City of Concord is offering virtual manufacturing experiences to high school students during Manufacturing Week! The City of Concord and Mount Diablo Unified School District are partnering to provide virtual manufacturing experiences to high school students during Manufacturing Week. Concord manufacturers will enter the Zoom classroom as guest speakers to introduce their companies, demo equipment, and discuss career opportunities. Today's Speaker is Kanda Alahan, Founder, Rivendell Woodworks

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Driving Capital into Manufacturing: Why and How

October 6 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
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Driving Capital into Manufacturing: Why and How Join us for a conversation about how local manufacturers can access the capital they need to thrive with leading financial experts. Lenders and other financial institutions work with manufacturers to understand their needs and provide monetary resources, as well as specialized technical assistance to help them succeed. From working capital to equipment financing to real estate investment, the resources manufacturers need depends on myriad factors – but the importance of the industry for…

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Sonoma County – Tour and Interview: “Saving Lives Through Engineering and Manufacturing”

October 6 @ 2:30 pm - 3:00 pm
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Free

Sonoma County - Tour and Interview: "Saving Lives Through Engineering and Manufacturing" Experience Medtronic through a series of virtual tours followed by a live Q&A session with R&D Engineer Matthew Baldwin. Matt will discuss his career, the company, and answer any questions from the viewers. To get the most out of this experience, we suggest watching two videos prior to the live tour and interview: 1) A short video explaining the medical use of a key Medtronic product and 2) a recent presentation by Matthew Baldwin…

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City of Berkeley Manufacturing Week Roundtable: Making Things, Making Jobs

October 7 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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Free

City of Berkeley Manufacturing Week Roundtable: Making Things, Making Jobs Ever wonder what’s being made in Berkeley? And how can the City—and our entire community—support urban manufacturing? The City of Berkeley Manufacturing Week Roundtable Discussion will (virtually) celebrate Manufacturing Week 2020 in partnership with the Bay Area Urban Manufacturing (BAUM) Initiative, SFMade, and 30 other cities and counties in the region. The discussion between local manufacturers and Mayor Jesse Arreguin, District 1 Councilmember Rashi Kesarwani, and the City of Berkeley…

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City of Concord Guest Speaker Series: IMI Precision

October 8 @ 8:00 am - 9:30 am
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City of Concord Guest Speaker Series: IMI Precision The City of Concord is providing virtual manufacturing experiences to high school students during Manufacturing Week! The City of Concord and Mount Diablo Unified School District are partnering to provide virtual manufacturing experiences to high school students during Manufacturing Week. Concord manufacturers will enter the Zoom classroom as guest speakers to introduce their companies, demo equipment, and discuss career opportunities. Guest speaker is Blaik Musolf, Principal Engineer, IMI Precision

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SFMade: Building Resiliency Into a Manufacturing Business

October 8 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
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Free

Building Resiliency Into a Manufacturing Business Join us for an insightful conversation about resiliency as a critical ingredient for business health and survival with the owners of some of San Francisco’s leading manufacturing businesses. It is often said that it’s not the strongest, the largest, or the most powerful who survive, rather, it is the adapters! We have seen first hand during the COVID -19 pandemic, that the companies who are nimble and flexible with the ability to pivot, have performed the best. These companies…

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Manufacturing is an Engine for Equity

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

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,…

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City of Richmond Listening Session

October 9 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
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Join the City of Richmond for a listening session with the Manager’s Office, ED staff, and panelists! Confirmed panelists that will be participating in the listening session: Katrinka Ruk, Executive Director of Council of Industries Newton Luu, CEO of LeChat Nails (Pivoted from making nail products to creating hand sanitizers) Ankit Vakharia, Owner of Five Star Cleaners (Pivoted from being a drycleaners, to creating face shields) Gil Gonzales, CEO of Aprise.com and head of Econ Dev Partners (former head of…

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Sonoma County – Panel Discussion: “Interning in the Manufacturing Industry”

October 15 @ 2:30 pm - 3:00 pm
Free

Panel Discussion: "Interning in the Manufacturing Industry" Three interns from Keysight Technologies sit down to discuss what it’s like to jump into a manufacturing internship right out of high school. Their managers will also join to provide context of why this type of internship is a win/win for the intern and the company. Watch Live on YouTube Watch Live on Zoom Save to Your Calendar

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Sonoma County – Facility Tour: “Manufacturing with Max Precision”

October 20 @ 2:30 pm - 3:00 pm
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Free

Facility Tour: "Manufacturing with Max Precision" Take a live virtual tour of Max Machinery Inc. in Healdsburg, where they engineer, manufacture, and test high-tech precision flow meters. Two representatives from Max Machinery will give us an inside scoop on the processes and equipment they use to engineer this unique product. Watch Live on YouTube Watch Live on Zoom Save to Your Calendar

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Sonoma County – Panel Discussion: “Intro to Engineering”

October 22 @ 2:30 pm - 3:00 pm
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Panel Discussion: "Intro to Engineering" An all-female panel of engineers discuss what it means to be an engineer and what kind of education you need to enter an engineering career. Brought to you by SWE (Society of Women Engineers) and Community WISE (Women Investing in Stem Equity). Watch Live on YouTube Watch Live on Zoom Save to Your Calendar

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