Employees of White Labs, which makes brewer’s yeast, in the company’s high-tech Analytical Lab. Photo by Chris Jennewein

San Diego manufacturing companies on Friday showed off a vibrant local sector that provides more than 108,000 high-paying jobs as part of National Manufacturing Day.

More than 50 local companies opened their doors to the public to showcase the products and innovations made in San Diego. The list included guitars, dune buggies, furniture, ship models and brewer’s yeast.

With 3,000 manufacturing companies, San Diego is home to the largest manufacturing day celebration in California, and the day included a bi-national component with neighboring Tijuana.

The event is an effort to change the public image of manufacturing and address a nationwide shortage of skilled labor.

The United States accounts for 30 percent of all global manufacturing by value, compared to only 10 percent by China, according to Chris Kuehl, managing partner at Armada Corporate Intelligence.

“Manufacturing Day truly dispels old, negative myths about manufacturing and highlights the shift from a labor-intense environment to one of high-tech, robotics and computers,” said Kuehl. “It also provides opportunities to communicate how manufacturing is a big part of GDP and our economy.”

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