Deputy Secretary Collins Continues ‘Jobs That Pay’ Tour at Pennex Aluminum Company and Discusses Governor Wolf’s Commitment to Advancing Pennsylvania Manufacturing

Lancaster, PA – Today, Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) Deputy Secretary Sheri Collins continued the ‘Jobs that Pay’ tour at Pennex Aluminum Company, a manufacturer and supplier of quality aluminum extrusions, in Wellsville, York County, highlighting Governor Tom Wolf’s commitment to promoting a strong manufacturing sector in Pennsylvania by strengthening the workforce and cultivating a pro-business environment.

“This visit gave us the opportunity to get out into the business community and talk with a manufacturer not just about their story, but about how their partnerships with organizations like MANTEC help them thrive in today’s manufacturing environment that the Wolf Administration works so hard to cultivate,” Collins said. “Pennex plays a crucial role in this area’s manufacturing sector, so I’m excited to watch them grow even more in the years to come.”

Deputy Secretary Collins highlighted Governor Wolf’s initiatives to help the manufacturing sector grow in Pennsylvania, including supporting MANTEC, an industrial resource center (IRC) funded in part by DCED. Since 1999, MANTEC has provided crucial technical assistance to Pennex Aluminum Company that helped the company strengthen its workforce, implement technology and process improvements, and improve marketing and safety to help the company grow from a single facility to four facilities today.

“At Pennex, operational excellence is a never-ending journey,” said Mark A. Mantooth, president of Pennex Aluminum Company. “MANTEC has helped us along the way by providing training, consulting and other services to partner with us for success.”

To further strengthen Pennsylvania manufacturing, Governor Wolf recently announced the launch of Manufacturing PA, a new initiative that will link job training to career pathways across Pennsylvania. As part of this new multi-pronged effort, the Pennsylvania Manufacturing Training-to-Career grant program will provide grants to manufacturers who partner with institutions for workforce development, the Pennsylvania Manufacturing Innovation Program will include a Manufacturing Fellows program, and Pennsylvania’s Industrial Resource Centers like MANTEC will further expand their outreach to small and medium-sized manufacturers.

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Michael Gerber, DCED, 717.783.1132

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