SAN MATEO, CA - Congresswoman Jackie Speier (D-San Francisco/San Mateo) and 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. A joint press conference will be held on Saturday, June 15, 2013 at 12:30 p.m. where they will make the case that strengthening manufacturing is essential to keeping the American economy globally competitive.
 
Hoyer stated, “When more products are made in America, there will be greater opportunity for our people to Make It In America. House Democrats’ Make It In America plan focuses on creating the best conditions for American businesses to manufacture their products, innovate, and create jobs right here in the U.S.”


Speier stated, “I am very excited that the Democratic Whip will join me at this great exhibit where 15 companies, many of them local, will show off their innovative and cutting-edge products. He is the architect of the Make It In America initiative and has worked for years to expand manufacturing and adapt it to our modern economy.”


Fifteen exhibitors will display their American-made products, among them:
•    Type-A-Machines will demonstrate their 3-D printer, a tool that is revolutionizing the creation of prototypes and parts.
•    Type-A-Machines grew out of another exhibitor, TechShop, a national organization that offers space, tools, and expertise for people who want to invent the next tech phenomenon. TechShop calls itself a playground for creativity.
•    Green Toys and A Lot To Say make toys and fabric products respectively from recycled plastic milk jugs.
•    WhiteLeaf Computers makes high performance desktop computers right here in Silicon Valley.
•    Gluten-Free Cookie Company makes bakery goods for people allergic to wheat and people suffering from celiac disease.
 
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 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. and Sunday, June 16 from 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.

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


What:             
Press Conference
Saturday, June 15, 12:30 p.m.

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

Where:          
San Mateo County Event Center
Expo Hall

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