Wolf Administration Celebrates Pennsylvania Manufacturing Week, Showcasing Career Opportunities in Thriving Sector

Harrisburg, PA – The Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) is celebrating Pennsylvania Manufacturing Week, which will reach its peak with National Manufacturing Day on Friday, October 6, 2017.

“Our goal with Pennsylvania Manufacturing Week is to highlight the prolific manufacturing career opportunities that are available throughout the commonwealth and to provide a modern portrait of an industry that is thriving with the strong support of Governor Tom Wolf’s business-development, technology and education initiatives,” said Secretary Dennis Davin.

This year, Governor Wolf introduced the Manufacturing PA initiative, a $12 million statewide partnership of Industrial Resource Centers 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.

Manufacturing in Pennsylvania employs more than a half-million workers, a highly skilled 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 tech startups.

This year, DCED and its partners have launched a new campaign, #IMakeinPA, designed to highlight the manufacturing workforce in Pennsylvania and the multitude of career options available for those entering the industry.

“Through the #IMakeInPA campaign, we will showcase the personal side of manufacturing,” said Davin. “We will feature behind-the-scenes profiles of the real people working in manufacturing, stories of how they got into the trade, what a typical day looks like, and why they’re proud to be a part of a manufacturing sector that is thriving with the full support of Governor Tom Wolf’s administration.”

The #IMakeInPA campaign can be found on DCED’s Pennsylvania Manufacturing Week website. Featuring more than 70 individual profiles, the campaign offers an autobiographical glimpse into the work of the state’s manufacturing employees. DCED encourages additional manufacturers to share their own stories of Pennsylvania manufacturing pride on social media using the hashtag #IMakeInPA.

To further highlight manufacturing in Pennsylvania, DCED officials are participating in several key events during Manufacturing Week. Remaining events include:

Tuesday, October 3

  • Deputy Secretary Joseph Burke will participate in a campus tour of the Sekisui facility, 6685 Low St., in Bloomsburg, Columbia County.

Wednesday, October 4

  • Deputy Secretary Carol Kilko will participate in the Lehigh Valley Business Manufacturing Symposium at 7:30 AM at the Agriplex at the Allentown Fairgrounds in Allentown, Lehigh County.
  • Executive Deputy Secretary Weaver will tour the USG facility at 60 PPL Road in Danville, Montour County, at 9 AM.

Thursday, October 5

  • Secretary Davin will speak and present the Commitment to Manufacturing Award at the Northeastern Pennsylvania Industrial Resource Center’s Regional Manufacturing Showcase and Trade Show at 11 AM at the Radisson Lackawanna Station in Scranton, Lackawanna County.

Friday, October 6

  • Executive Deputy Secretary Weaver will participate in National Manufacturing Day events at 8 AM at Bedford Reinforced Plastics, 2 Corporate Drive in Bedford, Bedford County.
  • Deputy Secretary Kilko will participate in the Somerset County Manufacturing Day celebration at 11 AM at Somerset County Tech Center, 281 Technology Drive in Somerset, Somerset County.

To hear from Governor Tom Wolf about 2017 Pennsylvania Manufacturing Week, watch this video. For industry facts and figures, Pennsylvania manufacturing news, information on makerspaces, videos and more, visit the PA Manufacturing Week website. Follow DCED on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn, and join the conversation using the hashtags #IMakeInPA, #MadeInPA and #MFGday17.

David Smith or Michael Gerber, 717-783-1132

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