Manufacturing

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Overview

In Pennsylvania, manufacturing is in our blood. Our smoke and steel helped build well-known American structures like the Golden Gate Bridge, Empire State Building, and the Hoover Dam. Today, the towering steel plants of the Industrial Revolution have gone digital, and additive technology has replaced traditional subtractive manufacturing. From companies focused on medical devices and organic foods to nanomaterials and fabricated metal products, Pennsylvania has successfully applied its workforce’s skilled approach, established infrastructure, and in-state resources to modern manufacturing.

Made in PA: How Modern Manufacturers are Finding Success

Manufacturing has formed Pennsylvania’s past, present, and future – making it a significant component of our economy and our heritage. Watch how three companies — a 130-year-old tool manufacturer, high-tech glass manufacturer, and innovative steel fabricator — are adapting to the evolution of the manufacturing industry with creative problem-solving and forward-faced thinking.

Workforce

A world-class workforce begins with a world-class education, and in Pennsylvania, we have both. In a rapidly-evolving industry such as advanced manufacturing, we want to make sure our workforce has access to programs that enable them to update and expand their skills to stay on top of new demands in the field. Top-notch, customizable workforce training ensures our graduates are prepared for multiple industries and are able to grow with the industries in which they work.

Manufacturing Employment

As of the 2016, the manufacturing industry employs 558,607 workers in Pennsylvania across more than 14,000 establishments, with highest employment in the subsectors listed below. The average annual wage for employees in Pennsylvania’s manufacturing sector is nearly $60,000. The industry ranks 8th nationally for its manufacturing output with a GDP of $84 billion.

Top Manufacturing Industries in PA (by Employment)  
Fabricated Metals 79,425
Food 70,118
Machinery 43,704
Chemicals 40,105
Plastics & Rubber Products 38,585
Transportation Equipment 36,830
Primary Metals 35,403
Computer and Electronic Products 29,956
Electrical Equipment and Appliances 26,093
Miscellaneous Manufacturing 25,325

1Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages (QCEW) for Multiple Industries in Pennsylvania in the fourth quarter of 2016

Workforce Training Resources

  • WEDnet

    Eligible in-state businesses and out-of-state companies relocating to PA can apply to WEDNetPA to access training funds, which can be used for a wide range of training, from welding and quality assurance to software engineering and advanced manufacturing technology, and more.

  • NextManufacturing Center

    The NextManufacturing Center at Carnegie Mellon University is one of the world’s leading research centers for additive manufacturing (AM). The Center offers workforce training in collaboration with the Robert C. Byrd Institute and Catalyst Connection, a local nonprofit economic development center, in order to capitalize on the concentration of national metals producers, powder suppliers, manufacturers and software developers located in the Southwestern PA region. The Center also offers Additive Manufacturing for Engineers, the only course in the U.S. offering direct exposure of undergraduates to E-beam and laser powder bed AM.

    • NextTraining

      • High School Teacher Training with the Gelfand Center
      • Workforce Training with Robert C Byrd Institute and Catalyst Connection
    • NextCourses

      • Middle and High School Outreach with Gelfand Center
      • Undergraduate Education: Additive Manufacturing for Engineers, the only course in the U.S. offering direct exposure of undergraduates to E-beam and laser powder bed AM
  • National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute (NAMII)

    The National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute (NAMII) is a public-private partnership made up of member organizations from industry, government, academia, workforce and economic development resources, an non-government agencies that is working together to increase the country’s global manufacturing competitiveness.

    Four Pennsylvania universities are members:

    • Carnegie Mellon University
    • Lehigh University
    • University of Pittsburgh
    • Penn State University

Companies in PA

Pennsylvania’s manufacturing industry currently comprises more than 14,000 establishments and over 558,000 employees that represent both traditional and additive manufacturing. Many national and international companies have a significant presence here, and help continue the state’s manufacturing heritage.

Top 6 Manufacturing Employers

Resources & Funding

Funding Opportunities


Pennsylvania has an unprecedented opportunity to drive a real manufacturing renaissance — and to capture the broader benefits to our economy and communities that go with it. To learn more about the manufacturing programs offered by the PA Department of Community & Economic Development (DCED), please visit dced.pa.gov/programs.

Pennsylvania Resource Manufacturing Tax Credit (PRM)

The PRM program provides a powerful incentive that will revitalize Pennsylvania’s manufacturing industry, create thousands of good-paying Pennsylvania jobs, and secure long-term economic benefits for Pennsylvania residents and communities.

Beginning in 2017, any manufacturer purchasing natural gas containing ethane as a petrochemical feedstock at a facility within Pennsylvania could be eligible for a PRM Tax Credit equal to five cents per gallon ($2.10 per barrel) of ethane purchased and used in manufacturing ethylene, so long as the company makes a capital investment of at least $1 billion and creates the equivalent of at least 2,500 full-time jobs while constructing the manufacturing facility. This is effective for ethane purchased between Jan. 1, 2017 and Dec. 31, 2042.

For more information and to apply for the Pennsylvania Resource Manufacturing Tax Credit, contact the Department of Revenue’s Economic Development Coordinator at 717.772.3896.

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