POV: Point of View

Making It In L.A.

May 2015

As reported by Next City in “L.A. Asks Makers to
Stand Up and Be Counted”
the City of Los Angeles recently launched a “Make It in L.A.” survey and to help the city identify manufacturers and others involved in “making things.”


While Los Angeles is the largest manufacturing center in the country, unlike other places with large manufacturing bases you can’t always see the industry because it is so varied and scattered across the sprawling city.


Withee Malcolm has been a part of this unique ecosystem for many years, working with a surprising range of “makers” from internationally recognized corporations like Honda and Mars Foods to aviation industry specialists like Cavotec and Monogram Systems to smaller local manufacturers. Although our work isn’t confined to Los Angeles —we have projects all over the region from the South Bay to Santa Clarita to the aptly named City of Industry—we recognize the importance of the city’s effort to identify the full scope of the manufacturing economy in order to better support its needs.


Over the years we have helped to design spaces for all phases of the manufacturing process from R+D to design to production. We work regularly with others in the manufacturing ecosystem including real estate brokers and developers, process engineers, equipment suppliers and contractors. What those makers make is an astonishing list products that includes: satellites, port mooring systems, airport ground support equipment, precision fasteners for aerospace and defense, race car engines, hair care products, custom car mats and vitamins. 


The challenge of helping our manufacturing clients develop exactly the space they require, no matter how specialized, is what makes our industrial practice so rewarding.