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November 10, 2015 > Companies inspire next generation workforce

Companies inspire next generation workforce

Submitted By Paul Nguyen

On Thursday, November 5, five of HaywardÕs top advanced industry firms opened their doors to more than 140 students from Hayward, Tennyson, Mt. Eden and Brenkwitz Alternative High Schools as part of East Bay Manufacturing Day.

The regional event, organized by a consortium of cities, school districts, community colleges, workforce developers and employers from Hayward, San Leandro, San Lorenzo, Hayward and Castro Valley, sought to inspire the next generation of workers by giving students a glimpse at modern manufacturing operations and potential career options.

ÒTodayÕs advanced industry operations are nothing like your grandpaÕs industrial factory floor,Ó said Paul Nguyen, Economic Development Specialist at the City of Hayward. ÒItÕs important for young people to see that firsthand. These industries offer well-paid jobs that are clean, safe and innovative. Our Hayward firms are using the latest technologies and materials to make products that are changing the way we live.Ó

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;
Nutek Corporation, a company that sterilizes medical devices and instruments using electron beams;
Sugar Bowl Bakery, a commercial bakery;
Ultra Clean Technologies, an engineering firm that fabricates cutting-edge robots that perform medical procedures.

Nine participating businesses in San Leandro, San Lorenzo and Castro Valley also hosted students from their respective communities.

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