AB&I’s Dave Robinson and Zeydi Gutierrez attended the Bay Area Urban Manufacturing Summit on November 9th in West Oakland, California.  The theme of the meeting was 26 Cities – One Bay Area Manufacturing Economy.Mayor Libby Schaaf was one of the speakers and her topic was Adding Value Locally and Regionally.  Throughout her presentation, the only slide she had on the screen was a picture of AB&I Foundry.  She recognized AB&I throughout her speech for being a legacy business in Oakland and providing good jobs while staying at the forefront of innovation when it comes to the environment.

The second annual summit was organized by the Bay Area Manufacturing Initiative, a nonprofit formed to spur creation of what the group calls an “interconnected manufacturing ecosystem” in the region.  “The Bay area has one of the strongest manufacturing economies in the nation”, said Kate Sofis, chief executive officer with SF Made.

This group was formed to address the challenges facing manufacturing companies in the Bay area and to promote manufacturing and share knowledge and best practices. Mayor Libby even wore a dress made in Oakland.  Creating the infrastructure for manufacturing to not only succeed but to excel is at the forefront of what SF Made is trying to do. 

AB&I donated 4” pans for the 420 attendees at the meeting.