Made in San Diego

Our region is home to a vibrant manufacturing cluster that spans many industries, including defense, aerospace, shipbuilding and repair, medical devices, craft brewing, and sports and active lifestyle.

With a highly-skilled workforce, robust training programs, and close proximity to Mexico, San Diego is a hub for advanced manufacturing, with nearly 3,150 manufacturing companies currently supporting more than 108,000 jobs.

Read on for helpful resources, key data, and more on manufacturing in San Diego.


  • California Manufacturers and Technology Association (CMTA) |
  • Center for Applied Competitive Technologies |
  • California Manufacturing Technology Consulting (CMTC) |

Featured opportunities for manufacturers

The following opportunities are available through CMTC to manufacturers in California.

  • California Manufacturers Accelerator Program
    For companies with fewer than 50 employees, this program enables access to tools and resources, advisors, and networks to improve profitability and productivity.
  • Small Business Technical Assistance Expansion Program
    For California manufacturers with fewer than 100 employees, this program will help offset general project fees and provide 24 hours of no charge assistance.
    First come, first served.
  • Employment Training Panel
    For California manufacturers with more than 10 employees, wages at more than $15/hour, and full time of more than 30 hours to offset projects costs associated with training employees.
    Participate December 9, 2020.
  • CASCADE Cybersecurity
    For aerospace and defense companies, as well as critical suppliers, this program can help companies ensure DFARS compliance readiness.
  • CMTC General Assistance
    Made in CA profile, consultations with experts, network connections, and resource referrals (financing, tax incentives, distribution, workforce, etc.)

To learn more about how you can take advantage of these opportunities:

Contact EDC

Additional services:

To learn more about how you can take advantage of these opportunities:

Contact EDC

Regional events for manufacturers:

Contact Heather Dewis to add your manufacturing event to this list!

San Diego’s Manufacturing Cluster (2018)

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