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Oct 2nd Manufacturing Day to highlight dynamic shifts, innovation, careers

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LA Manufacturers Open Doors, Reveal Many Career Paths

Manufacturing Day gives back-stage passes to youth, career seekers, and more

LOS ANGELES (September 16, 2015) — LA County’s manufacturing leadership will be celebrated through numerous coordinated events on October 2nd, coinciding with National Manufacturing Day, giving unprecedented access to job seekers who want to learn more about careers in advanced manufacturing, as well as for anyone who is interested in learning about the local companies and key trends that exemplify the diversity and strength of manufacturing in the Los Angeles region.  According to the LAEDC’s manufacturing study, approximately 365,000 jobs in LA County are supported in the manufacturing sector.


Across LA County, manufacturers, associations and educational institutions will open their doors, holding events and tours for groups including students and educators, media members, community leaders, legislative representatives and local businesses. The events will give visitors an opportunity to learn about the rapidly changing face of manufacturing and the new and highly innovative high-tech processes changing it, as well as a look at the manufacturing industries (from fashion to entertainment to clean tech to aerospace and beyond) that make Los Angeles County the nation’s leading county for current and future manufacturing jobs and investments.


“Students and parents will learn about new and exciting industries and career pathways into those industries.  For example, drones and tablets are popular products for youth to own but students don’t always realize there are related career paths in Los Angeles that can be mentally and financially rewarding,” said Lawren Markle, Director of Public Relations for Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation (LAEDC).


“Manufacturing growth is critical to Southern California’s economic prosperity,” said James Watson, President & CEO of CMTC. “National Manufacturing Day allows the manufacturing community to share its stories and help the public realize how important the industry is to our economy.”


The LAEDC and CMTC are encouraging participation, in one of several ways, including;

  • Attendance at one of the listed events
  • Hosting an event on behalf of your company or school, and add it to the events list
  • Presenting at a school and engaging the students in manufacturing career discussions
  • Contacting elected officials to remind them of the importance of protecting manufacturing


Find an event near you, or add your event to the growing schedule for Manufacturing Day at  Or visit or


About CMTC

A private, nonprofit corporation established in 1992, CMTC is the Southern California affiliate of NIST MEP, under the  Federal Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) program, a network of more than 60 centers across the country that provides assistance to small, medium and large manufacturers.  CMTC serves Fresno to San Diego/Imperial County. CMTC and Manex represent the MEP system in California and work in close collaboration on all manufacturing issues and opportunities within the State of California.  For more information, visit or follow us on LinkedIn, Facebook or Twitter. Subscribe to our manufacturing network blog at


About Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation

LAEDC is the Southern California region’s premier economic development organization, providing economic development leadership to promote a globally competitive, prosperous and growing L.A. County economy to improve the health and wellbeing of our residents and communities and enable those residents to meet their basic human need for a job. We achieve this through objective economic research and analysis, strategic assistance to government and business, and targeted public policy. Our efforts are guided and supported by the expertise and counsel of our business, government and education members and partners. Visit:


For LAEDC contact: Lawren Markle | (213) 236-4847 | [email protected]

For CMTC: Ellen McKewen | (310) 263-3018 | [email protected]



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