SAN MATEO, CA - Congresswoman Jackie Speier (D-San Francisco/San Mateo) and House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer (D-MD) will showcase the importance of American manufacturing jobs and products at the third annual Make It In America exhibit at the San Mateo County Fair. The exhibit is open on June 15 and 16, 2013. On Saturday, June 15, 2013 at 12:30 p.m., the Democratic Whip and the Congresswoman will take a tour of the exhibitors, then deliver remarks about strengthening manufacturing and keeping the American economy globally competitive, then will be available for questions from the press.

The Bay Area is a hotbed for innovation and technology. This year’s Make It In America exhibit will feature three outstanding examples: TechShop, Type-A-Machines and WhiteLeaf Computers.

Hoyer stated, “I’m happy to have the opportunity to again visit the San Francisco area, which is well known for its role in the high-tech community. I look forward to meeting with a number of businesses at the Fair and discussing their cutting-edge and innovative products.”

Speier stated, “The Democratic Whip and I will engage in an experiment. We will have a Type-A-Machines’s 3-D-printer take our images and create a 3” plastic bust of each of us.”

Type-A-Machines, based in San Francisco, was born at TechShop, a national organization that offers space, equipment and expertise to people who want to build cutting edge technology. Members have access to tools such as laser cutters, metal, wood and machine shops, plastic and electronics labs and design software.

WhiteLeaf Computers makes high performance desktop computers in Silicon Valley. The company is a strong proponent of in-sourcing technology products and it donates parts of its profits to charity.

Manufacturing accounts for 12.2 % of the U.S.’s GDP, valued at $1.8 trillion. Twelve million Americans, including 1.2 million Californians, are directly employed in manufacturing. Indirect employment increases that number to 17 million.

The exhibit at the San Mateo County Fair will be open Saturday, June 15 from 10 a.m. – 9 p.m. and Sunday, June 16 from 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.

Congresswoman Jackie Speier
House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer
15 U.S. Manufacturing Companies

Tour of Exhibitors, Remarks, and Q&A
Saturday, June 15
Democratic Whip Hoyer and Congresswoman Speier tour starts at 12:30 p.m.
Remarks and Q&A after conclusion of the tour

Make It In America Exhibit
Saturday, June 15, 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Sunday, June 16, 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.

San Mateo County Event Center
Expo Hall