Wolf Administration Joins Manufacturers to Kick Off Pennsylvania Manufacturing Week

Harrisburg, PA – Today, Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) Executive Deputy Secretary Neil Weaver joined executives from Coupling Corp of America, MANTEC, Murray Securus, and the York County Economic Alliance to kick off Pennsylvania Manufacturing Week, a week dedicated to building positive perceptions about manufacturing, drawing attention to career opportunities, and highlighting the industry’s important contributions to our economy. Manufacturing Week begins on Sunday, September 30 and ends on Saturday, October 7.

“Our manufacturing industry has an $84 billion impact on Pennsylvania’s economy, which happens to be the 8th largest manufacturing industry in the United States,” Weaver said. “This week is an opportunity for all of us to recognize and honor our manufacturers, and call attention to the amazing career opportunities available in manufacturing.”

Manufacturing in Pennsylvania employs more than a half-million workers at more than 14,000 establishments – a highly skilled labor force earning an average annual wage of nearly $60,000. One of the primary goals of Pennsylvania Manufacturing Week is to highlight the benefits for students of pursuing careers in manufacturing.

“We’re excited to launch the third year of Manufacturing Week in York County, giving students across York County an opportunity to make a firsthand connection with our manufacturing industry,” said Kevin Schreiber, president and CEO of the York County Economic Alliance. “We’re proud of this partnership and its growing demand as we’ve been able to match 19 schools and manufacturers for the week of October 2-6.”

The Wolf Administration remains committed to the manufacturing sector in Pennsylvania. Under Governor Wolf, the Governor’s Action Team has completed more than 180 projects valued at more than $8.9 billion. The administration has provided those projects more than $168 million in incentives and, through these efforts, more than 84,000 jobs have been created or retained. An estimated 60 percent of these jobs were created in manufacturing and manufacturing-related sectors. Additionally, training programs such as WEDnetPA serve as key conduits for helping manufacturers to develop a competitive workforce and helping workers get the skills they need to meet the requirements of an ever-evolving manufacturing climate.

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.

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Michael Gerber, DCED, 717.783.1132

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