Wolf Administration Tours USG as Part of Pennsylvania Manufacturing Week

Harrisburg, PA – Today, on behalf of Governor Tom Wolf, Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) executive deputy secretary Neil Weaver joined company executives and leaders from DRIVE, the Columbia-Montour region economic development agency, to tour USG, a manufacturer of materials for the construction and remodeling industries. The event is part of Pennsylvania Manufacturing Week which ends on Friday, October 6.

“Pennsylvania Manufacturing Week gives us the opportunity to highlight careers in manufacturing and to let young people know that college isn’t the only option available to them after high school,” Weaver said. “Companies like USG provide living wages and pathways to professional success for its employees – and that’s a trend we’re seeing statewide as manufacturing continues to grow stronger in Pennsylvania.”

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.

“We are thrilled to have quality manufacturers like USG who are investing millions of dollars in their operation and providing jobs that support more than 100 families in the region,” said Jennifer Wakeman, executive director of DRIVE.

Pennsylvania Manufacturing Week runs through Friday, October 6. For industry facts and figures, Pennsylvania manufacturing news, information on makerspaces, videos, and more, visit the Pennsylvania Manufacturing Week website. Follow DCED on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn, and join the conversation using the hashtags #IMakeInPA, #MadeInPA, and #MFGday17.

MEDIA CONTACTS:
Michael Gerber, DCED, 717.783.1132

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