East Bay Manufacturing Day 2016
(HAYWARD, CA) – On Thursday, November 3, over a dozen East Bay companies opened their factory doors to 450 students from Hayward, San Leandro, San Lorenzo and Castro Valley as part of East Bay Manufacturing Day.
This second annual regional event, organized by a consortium of cities, school districts, community colleges, workforce developers, chambers of commerce and private employers, sought to inspire the next generation of workers by giving students a glimpse at modern manufacturing operations and potential career options.
Students witnessed firsthand the cutting-edge machinery, advanced materials and the craftsmanship used to produce a range of products from battery packs and auto parts used by Tesla and Toyota to 3D printers and giant fighting robots. Participating Hayward businesses included:
- Plastikon, a plastics manufacturer that produces parts for Tesla and Toyota automobiles and healthcare and medical device industries;
- Inland Metal Technologies, a custom metal parts fabricator for the computer and auto companies, including Tesla and Dell Computer; and
- MegaBots Inc., an entertainment company that is designing and manufacturing giant hydraulic robots destined for arena battles.
The event culminated with a luncheon and campus tour hosted by Chabot College. Students gathered to learn about the importance of manufacturing jobs in America and the range of Chabot’s certificate and degree programs that provide pathways to these lucrative careers.
A video highlighting the day’s events and student experiences can be accessed here or by browsing to the City of Hayward’s official Youtube Channel.