Executive Deputy Secretary Weaver Continues ‘Jobs that Pay’ Tour at SEKISUI SPI, Highlighting Governor Wolf’s Commitment to Pennsylvania Manufacturing and Workforce Training

Harrisburg, PA – Today, Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) Executive Deputy Secretary Neil Weaver continued the ‘Jobs that Pay’ tour at SEKISUI SPI, a thermoplastics manufacturer, highlighting Governor Tom Wolf’s commitment to supporting the manufacturing sector through workforce training in Pennsylvania.

“SEKISUI SPI has made incredible progress at this new facility since last year’s ribbon-cutting,” Weaver said. “The growth that this company is showing here in Bloomsburg is more evidence that Pennsylvania manufacturers continue to understand the many advantages of doing business here, including our natural geographic position and the pro-business climate that Governor Wolf continues to improve.”

Last year, SEKISUI SPI opened its newest manufacturing plant in Bloomsburg that would create 25 new jobs in addition to the 200 jobs in its main facility, also in Bloomsburg. Since 2010, SEKISUI SPI has received nearly $70,000 to provide crucial job training to its workforce through DCED’s WEDnetPA program. WEDnetPA is a unique, collaborative partnership of community colleges, state system universities, and other educational institutions working together to meet the quickly-evolving workforce needs of businesses across the commonwealth.

“In the past five years, SEKISUI SPI has increased sales by 27 percent, grown our Pennsylvania manufacturing footprint by 365,000 square feet, increased our workforce by more than 30 percent, and invested more than $11 million dollars of capital for our business expansion,” said Ronn Cort, president and chief operating officer. “This growth is only possible because of what I consider Pennsylvania’s most valuable natural resource – the passionate, engaged and willing people that live in Columbia, Montour and surrounding counties.”

SEKISUI SPI, a part of parent company Sekisui Chemical Ltd., was the first Japanese company to invest in the U.S. after World War II when it invested in a plastics facility in Hazleton in 1963. More than 50 years later, the company remains committed to growing in Pennsylvania and actively partners with DCED to seek new opportunities to grow and thrive in the commonwealth.

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Michael Gerber, DCED, 717.783.1132

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