December News: A Big Year for Local Manufacturing





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Upcoming Programs

From Maker Movement to Industrial Revolution
Tuesday, January 15th
Come hear the visionary Chris Anderson, author of New York Times best selling book, Makers: The New Industrial Revolution, speak about how the maker movement (digital tinkering) is scaling up to create a new class of manufacturing entrepreneurship. 

SFMade Orientation
Tuesday, January 8th 
Learn what we do and how we help manufacturing companies to succeed!

How to Manufacture Locally: Apparel
Tuesday, January 29th
If you are interested in producing locally made apparel and sewn products, this session is for you!

 
 
 
UPDates and member events

Logo Usage Guide for SFMade Members
Hey SFMade members, now it's easy to rep the SFMade brand! Check out our handy new guide, which includes an order form for free SFMade stickers, table tents, and other collateral. 

Invitation to Apply: SFMade Consumer Products Guide
Due to popular demand, SFMade has launched the SFMade Consumer Products Guide, a new tool to help retailers, organizations, and corporations source and purchase SFMade consumer products. SFMade members are encouraged to learn more and apply here.

Go mobile with ShopNear.me
Now retailers who sell SFMade products can be listed in the coolest new mobile shopping app, ShopNear.me! SFMade retailers are highlighted with an SFMade decal. For more information email yuan@shopnear.me.

SFMade in the Atlantic
SFMade and DODOcase were highlighted as case studies in "Mr. China comes to America"
 

Open Jobs with SFMade Members

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Part-time Press Operator

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SFMade Job Board
SFMade members can post a job on SFMade's Job Board, and we'll help you screen for qualified candidates too! Email job descriptions to ferron@sfmade.org.

 

The Year in Review for San Francisco Manufacturers

Take a moment to think about your accomplishments this year and then let us add a few to them. Whether you're a local manufacturer, work for a local manufacturer, a conscious consumer, a volunteer, or a parter of SFMade, you had an impact this year on the growth of the local manufacturing sector. The numbers say it all:


Over 4oo San Francisco manufacturers are SFMade members

3,200 jobs are sustained by SFMade member companies

$325M total direct revenue was created by SFMade companies in 2012

12.5% is the net new job growth rate for the sector

For more impact indicators, as well as a summary of the industry's challenges and opportunities, read our State of Local Manufacturing report here. 
 

The Monthly Goods:
Tasty Ties Cocktail Collection
OLDFASHIONED
(Photo Courtesy of TastyTies/Matt Hartz)
Product We Love: There's something about drinking a classic cocktail that evokes a feeling of timelessness. The Tasty Ties Winter Collection features ten ties inspired by classic cocktails, and to bring them to life they've partnered with several San Francisco artisinal cocktail bars, each offering an exclusive recipe to pair with each bow tie. Pictured here is the Old Fashioned. 
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Company Spotlight: Timbuk2
Telling the Whole Manufacturing Story
Born, bred and here to stay. The first Timbuk2 bag was sewn in a garage in 1989. Since then the iconic messenger bag company has expanded into a growing workforce of over 65 employees, a vibrant factory in the Mission district, and a retail store in Hayes Valley with customized bags flying off the racks every day . 
Timbuk2 SF Factory
Timbuk2 is one of a few SFMade companies that manufactures some product lines outside of city limits. This blend of domestic and international manufacturing enables them to meet market demands and compete globally at affordable prices. Recently, Timbuk2 launched a new Manufacturing Page to more accuratley tell the story of both their US and Asian manufacturing. It includes a map of all their manufacturing locations, a published code of conduct, and photos from all of their factories. "We wanted to tell a more complete story of our manufacturing, because we think our customers deserve to hear it," said Lizzy Fallows, Online Marketing Manager. "We have always had a code of conduct, but we thought it was important to publish it so that our customers know that we hold our partner factories in Asia to the same standards as our US factory." To read more, visit Timbuk2's website here



SFMade Founding Partners
City of San Francisco, Rickshaw Bagworks, Citi, FHL Bank San Francisco, Anchor Brewers and Distillers, Wells Fargo, Levi Strauss & Co, Ritual Coffee Roasters, Cayson Culinary Designs, Hanson Bridgett, New Resource Bank, Pacific Waterfront Partners, Bank of America, McRoskey Mattress Co, TechShop, BayPoint Benefits, DODOCase, North Point Advisors, and Insperity.
SFMade's mission is to build and support a vibrant manufacturing sector in San Francisco, that sustains companies producing locally-made products, encourages entrepreneurship and innovation, and creates employment opportunities for a diverse local workforce. SFMade is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit corporation.
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