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San Francisco Makes Smart Move to Boost Another Thriving Industry

In the past few years, there has been a growing industry in San Francisco rapidly adding jobs — manufacturing.

Manufacturing has slowly built a solid job base in the background as the burgeoning tech industry has overshadowed much of the recovery in other sectors of The City’s economy. But that does not mean light industrial has gone unnoticed, as is evident in the new legislation put forward Tuesday to make it easier for these types of companies to start their businesses here and grow.

A few years before the launch of sf.citi, the tech sector’s business advocacy group in The City, the nonprofit SFMade formed to be an advocate for the manufacturing industry. The word “manufacturing” may conjure up images of automobile assembly or the like — the types of jobs that have gone overseas in the past few decades.

But manufacturing is much more, especially light industrial here in The City, which is making things such as clothing, furniture, bath and body products, bicycle accessories, food, jewelry and pet products, among others. The range of companies setting up shop in The City is staggering.

According to SFMade, the manufacturing industry in The City is employing almost 4,000 people. The direct revenue generated by these companies is $325 million since 2010, the group says. The nearly 500 companies in the group — a 25 percent increase since 2012 — is not something to scoff at, especially as these companies have decided to do business here despite the obstacles they may face.

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