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Manufacturing is critical to numerous sectors of the region’s economy – military, tourism, action sports and innovation – integrating state-of-the-art technologies with customized product development to meet the needs of those sectors. Businesses from different industry sectors use precision manufacturing suppliers as main elements to their operations to bolster innovation and productivity. With more than 3,000 manufacturers employing more than 100,000 workers, San Diego County is home to a diverse and growing manufacturing base – with leading companies based along the 78 Corridor, including Thermo Fisher Scientific and Nordson Corporation. San Diego’s unique position on the border of Mexico and adjacent to Imperial Valley provides an economically competitive landscape.

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Industry highlights:

  • In San Diego, companies in the manufacturing cluster received more than $25.3 million of government procurement funds in 2010, nearly double the amount of funding in 2008.
  • The advanced manufacturing cluster in San Diego has 4,416 jobs with the average wage of approximately $51,800.

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