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“With operations in both Tijuana and San Diego, the cross-border region supports our company’s productivity and continued growth. Samsung has benefited from the skilled workforce on both sides of the border – employing upwards of 6,000 manufacturing employees – who help drive innovation and leadership for the company. We are proud to be a part of San Diego MFG Day alongside hundreds of binational manufacturers, celebrating this dynamic region and its strong technology industry.”

Kristina Kim, General Counsel at Samsung International, Inc.
Sept 28, 2016

The San Diego region is home to a vibrant manufacturing cluster that spans across many industries, including the defense, aerospace, shipbuilding and repair, medical devices, craft brewing, and sports and active lifestyle industries. With a highly-skilled workforce, robust training programs, and close proximity to Mexico, San Diego is a hub for advanced manufacturing companies, with nearly 3,150 manufacturing companies currently supporting more than 110,000 jobs.1
San Diego is home to the largest National Manufacturing (MFG) Day event in California. For the last several years, EDC has hosted a kickoff breakfast for the event that draws more than 350 people. On the same day of the breakfast event, more than 50 manufacturing companies across the region offer public tours to event participants. The purpose of MFG Day is to address the common misperceptions about manufacturing by giving manufacturers an opportunity to open their doors to the public and show what modern manufacturing looks like. By working together during and after MFG Day, manufacturers are able to address the skilled labor shortage they face, connect with future generations, and ensure the ongoing prosperity of the whole industry.

Industry Highlights & Contributions

  • User friendly: Arguably everyone’s favorite household item, San Diego-based WD-40 has a list of more than 2,000 uses submitted by users.2
  • Binational strength: Leverage San Diego’s proximity to Mexico, Thermo Fisher Scientific, Samsung, BD, Hunter Industries and many other San Diego companies have manufacturing operations on both sides of the border. 
  • Compensation: As of 2017, the average wage for manufacturing employees was $81,900, making the manufacturing cluster the sixth highest paying in the region.1

California Manufacturers & Technology Association

The California Manufacturers & Technology Association works to improve and enhance a strong business climate for California's 30,000 manufacturing, processing and technology based companies. Since 1918, CMTA has worked with state government to develop balanced laws, effective regulations and sound public policies to stimulate economic growth and create new jobs while safeguarding the state's environmental resources.

Center for Applied Competitive Technologies
CATC at San Diego City College offers technology education, manufacturing training, and consulting services that contribute to continuous workforce, technology, and business development. 
CMTC, a private nonprofit corporation established in 1992, is the lead organization for California’s Manufacturing Network. CMTC and the Network partners collaborate to provide information and deliver consulting services to small and medium-sized manufacturers throughout the state. CMTC enhances operational performance, new product development, market expansion, and technology adoption for manufacturers in both urban and rural regions.   
East County Economic Development Council
The East County Economic Development Council has effectively promoted the importance of a healthy, vital economic climate and quality of life in San Diego’s East County since 1984. East County EDC specializes in bridging the gap between the community, businesses and the government, with a main focus on the advanced manufacturing sector.
Industrial Environmental Association
IEA was formed in 1983 to promote responsible, cost-effective environmental laws and regulations, facilitate environmental compliance among member companies, and provide related education activities for the community at large. 
San Diego Brewers Guild

Founded in 1997, San Diego Brewers Guild promotes awareness and increases the visibility of fresh, locally brewed beer through education and participation in community events.


1. EMSI, 2017 2. WD-40, “List of 2000+ Uses” 3. San Diego Regional EDC, Traded Economies Analysis with BLS data, 2016