June 12, 2013

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.

Two Bay Area companies are recycling plastic milk jugs and turning them into sustainable and safe toys and clothing. Green Toys of Mill Valley, California makes toy parts free of toxic additives in the East Bay and then assembles them in Belmont.

Speier stated, “The Make It In America exhibit is for all ages this year. Children will have a designated play zone stocked with fire trucks, school buses, dinner and sand play sets made by Green Toys. Innovation is serious business, but it can create fun products.”

A Lot To Say of Chino, California makes colorful t-shirts, scarves, store banners, wallpaper, bags, floor mats, pillows and shower curtains that are made from recycled plastic and are recyclable.

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