ABOUT MFG:SJ: Launched in 2018, Manufacture: San Jose is a new public-private initiative, in partnership with the City of San Jose, and the non-profits California’s Manufacturing Network, and SFMade. The Mission of MFG:SJ is to help manufacturing companies to start, grow and stay in San Jose, creating jobs for local residents and building more shared prosperity across the community.
The goal of the initiative is to drive resources, knowledge, and visibility to the city’s more than 1200 manufacturers and the more than 65,000 men and women they employ.
Manufacturing is at the core of San Jose’s economic prowess. From global Fortune 100 corporations to smaller family owned and operated manufacturers, San Jose’s manufacturing sector includes companies at all stages - local artisanal producers, high growth start-ups, and covers sectors including consumer electronics, medical devices, metals and machining, food and beverage.
Even more importantly, manufacturing offers the potential for diverse residents to build livelihoods through maker-based employment and entrepreneurship. In short, sustaining and growing our manufacturing ecosystem is a clear pathway to building more shared prosperity and equity across our community, and across the Bay Area.
MFG:SJ holds multiple public events each year, and participates in SFMade events in San Francisco. MFG:SJ works out of a co-working space called Prospect Silicon Valley, a cleantech innovation hub.
ABOUT MFG:SJ’S HIRING AND YOUTH PROGRAMS: The Hiring Made Better Program connects local job seekers to open positions at MFG:SJ businesses, with a special focus on connecting people who have overcome barriers to employment to entry level jobs with potential for growth and advancement. Our primary tool is the MFG:SJ Job Board, along with our partnership with San Francisco’s local workforce and training organizations. We also provide MFG:SJ businesses with HR technical assistance, resource referrals, and educational events.
MFG: SJ’s summer youth program will be partnering with 2 local youth organizations to recruit manufacturing businesses to host 20 youth interns in the summer of 2019.