Congresswoman to Celebrate Local Manufacturers at County Fair this Weekend

Electric cars, solar energy, photography, food, textiles and more from 18 different American companies will be showcased in the 'Make it in America' exhibit.


Congresswoman Jackie Speier (D-San Francisco/San Mateo) will once again host a "Make it in America Exhibit," for the second year in a row, at the San Mateo County Fair this Saturday and Sunday, June 9 and 10.

Eighteen exhibitors will display and demonstrate their American products in the "Make it in America Exhibit."

Ford and Chevrolet will both show off their newest electric vehicle models; Lockheed Martin will present three-dimensional video of the company's latest solar research; Mission Motorcycles will bring an electric, zero-emission “Zero Motorcycle;” and Boudin Bakery will provide samples of its world-famous sourdough bread.

Kelly Moore Paints will also be back this year with a gallery where children can test their painting skills, and Intuitive Surgical will return with one of their da Vinci surgical robots.

Other products to be displayed include LED lights from Efficient Now and examples of solar energy products from Solar World.

A complete list of exhibitors and their products is included in the PDF document in the photos section of this article.

“The Bay Area has some of the most creative and innovative minds in America, and that is reflected in the fantastic products they make," Speier said. "Buying American-made products creates American jobs, and a better future for our children."

"Manufacturing jobs must be part of our economic recovery. They are well-paying jobs supporting middle-class families.”

In a statement about the exhibit, Speier's office explained tha the average total compensation for nonmanufacturing jobs is about $63,000 per year - but it is nearly $74,000 per year for manufacturing jobs.

Speier added, “To tackle unemployment and bring jobs back home from overseas, we need to train the next generation of American employees with the skills required by 21st-century manufacturing.”

The United States is the world’s largest manufacturing economy, producing 21 percent of all the globally manufactured products, compared to 15 percent produced by China and 12 percent produced by Japan.

American manufacturing accounts for 11.7 percent of the country's GDP (Gross Domestic Product) and is valued at $1.7 trillion. Twelve million Americans and more than 1.6 million Californians are employed in manufacturing.

Congresswoman Speier will kick off the "Make it in America" exhibit with a press conference with all 18 of the manufacturers this Saturday, June 9 at 11 a.m.

The "Make it in America" exhibit will run from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday and 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Sunday in the Expo Hall of the San Mateo County Fairgrounds, 1346 Saratoga Ave. in San Mateo. A map of the fair is also attached to this article in the photos section as a PDF document.

Be sure to read Patch on Thursday and Friday for complete previews of the 2012 San Mateo County Fair including carnival rides, exhibit and competition details, the entertainment line-up, admission prices and special deals, public transportation and parking, and much more.


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