We didn’t get the moniker “Silicon Valley’s Capital of Advanced Manufacturing” for nothing.

With over 30,000 manufacturing jobs found in Fremont and over 40 million square feet of Class A industrial and R&D space (with more on the way), Fremont is a haven for the U.S. reshoring movement.

This didn’t just happen overnight. Dating back to 1960, the automotive industry has produced millions of trucks and cars from Fremont’s assembly lines.

And we don’t just have vehicles in our manufacturing history. Apple and Steve Jobs chose to open their first manufacturing site here in 1984 and built the original Macintosh computer in Fremont.

Other semiconductor and telecommunications firms soon followed, and today, emerging technologies such as clean tech, biotech, and IoT/ sensors represent some of Fremont’s top manufacturing fields.

To celebrate the work of our manufacturers and pique the interest of the next generation of the manufacturing workforce, Fremont is actively engaging in initiatives to build up this pipeline and encourage more young people to consider a career in advanced manufacturing.

One of our favorite ways to celebrate this cause is on National Manufacturing Day. Established by the National Institute of Science and Technology (NIST), the first Friday in October is dedicated to manufacturers opening their doors and inviting students to see for themselves what these operations are like. There is nothing better than witnessing the reaction of someone who has potentially answered the question “what do I want to do when I grow up?”

This year, MFG day falls on October 5 and will feature several Fremont-based manufacturers:

To capture the unique stories and diverse skill range of the 340,000 Bay Area manufacturers, the Bay Area Urban Manufacturing Initiative has gathered profiles of local manufacturers and incorporated the stories into their campaign Manufacturing The Dream.

Meet Fremont’s representative, Albert Yanez Sr.

The Corporate Executive Vice President of Asteelflash, Albert sparked his interest in “making things” while working on a Chevy 327 engine with his father. His career has taken him all over the world, developing sustainable, profitable factories.

His take on the manufacturing world?


While every manufacturer has their own reason for choosing a career in the manufacturing industry, participants of National Manufacturing Day may hear some of the following compelling facts as they tour their chosen facility:

was the average American manufacturing worker’s salary in 2016 (Source: Bureau of Economic Analysis and Bureau of Labor Statistics)
of manufacturing employees were eligible for health insurance benefits in 2015 (Source: Kaiser Family Foundation)
manufacturing jobs will likely be needed and 2 million are expected to go unfilled due to the skills gap in the next decade (Source: Deloitte and the Manufacturing Institute)

To get in on the action, contact usor visit the MFG Day website to register an event at your manufacturing facility or browse the public events happening nationwide. And to learn even more about Fremont’s manufacturing industry, browse our American Manufacturing infographic: