DCED Secretary Davin Kicks Off Pennsylvania Manufacturing Week by Encouraging Skills Development at HackPGH Makerspace

Harrisburg, PA – Today, emphasizing Governor Tom Wolf’s commitment to developing a new generation of skilled workers to meet the demands of the flourishing manufacturing industry, Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) Secretary Dennis Davin kicked off Pennsylvania Manufacturing Week at HackPGH makerspace in Pittsburgh.

“Giving students and young adults a firsthand look at what it means to have a manufacturing career is one of the core reasons we observe Pennsylvania Manufacturing Week,” said Secretary Davin. “Governor Wolf believes in a comprehensive and proactive economic development strategy that brings together forces of education, technology, and innovation to open the door to manufacturing careers and build the highly skilled workforce that companies need to be successful in a global marketplace.”

This year, Governor Wolf has introduced the Manufacturing PA initiative, a $12 million statewide partnership of Industrial Resource Centers, including Catalyst Connection of Pittsburgh, and seven research universities designed to accelerate the pace of advanced manufacturing technology and workforce development. Through this program, the state will partner with Pennsylvania manufacturers, community colleges, technical and trade schools, and nonprofits to identify and train a skilled workforce capable of taking advantage of and facilitating the growth of our advanced manufacturing sector.

This new initiative will establish pathways to careers in high tech manufacturing, while ensuring that training will lead to higher paying jobs and career advancement opportunities while meeting the workforce needs of Pennsylvania manufacturers in today’s global economy.

“Many of the skills fostered in makerspaces such as HackPGH translate well to manufacturing careers, and enable students and adults to experience what it’s like to craft and create something of their own,” said Davin. “There are career opportunities for all skill sets in manufacturing, especially for those educated in STEM curriculum – science, technology, engineering and math – as well as a need in production, maintenance and repair, design, electrical and mechanical work and more.”

Manufacturing has an $84 billion impact in Pennsylvania, which has the eighth-largest manufacturing industry in the United States. Manufacturing in Pennsylvania employs more than a half-million workers, a labor force earning an average annual wage of nearly $60,000. More than 14,000 manufacturing establishments operate in Pennsylvania, ranging from iconic brands to emerging manufacturers and home goods and tech startups.

The 2017 Pennsylvania Manufacturing Week web page includes the new #IMakeinPA campaign, which features more than 70 individual profiles of manufacturing employees throughout Pennsylvania. For more information about DCED and manufacturing in Pennsylvania, visit The Department of Community & Economic Development, and be sure to stay up-to-date with all of our agency news on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.

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