San Mateo, CA - Congresswoman Jackie Speier (D-San Francisco/San Mateo/Redwood City) will visit local companies that are manufacturing products in the United States on Wednesday, August 13, 2014 beginning at 10 am. Speier will visit Acclarent which makes a balloon sinuplasty device and Qbotix which makes a robotic solar tracking system, both located on O’Brien Street in Menlo Park.

“These two companies show us the enormous potential of our entrepreneurs to create new ideas and the capacity of our communities to bring those products to market," Speier said. "To thrive, we must continue to foster innovation, and also turn those ideas into products that are made in America. When businesses make more products in America, there is a greater opportunity for people to make it in America."

Acclarent has about 400 employees and ispart of Johnson and Johnson family of companies. Their  balloon sinuplasty technology is designed for patients seeking relief from sinusitis symptoms and can be performed in a doctor's office under local anasthesia.

Qbotix now employs about 40 people and was started in 2006 by a particle physicist - in a garage. The company manufactures its robots in Menlo Park and ships them throughout the US and to Europe. The robots move solar panels along a rail to place them in the optimal position relative to the sun’s angle to produce the maximum amount of energy.

Nationally, House Democrats, lead by Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer, have introduced the 21st Century Make It In America Act to invest in American manufacturing and provide tax incentives for creating good-paying jobs in the US. Tools to achieve those goals include adopting and promoting a national manufacturing strategy, promoting exports, encouraging companies to bring jobs back to America, and training and securing a 21st century workforce.

Who:        
Congresswoman Jackie Speier
Representatives from Acclarent
Representatives from Qbotix

What:      
Make it in America on O’Brien Street tour

When:        
Wednesday, August 13, 2014
10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Where:    
1525 and 1080 O’Brien Street
Menlo Park