Playbook outlines tips to improve manufacturing in the state of PA and Northeastern PA


Northeastern Pennsylvania - The state’s Manufacturing Advisory Council, a nonpartisan partnership of manufacturers and industry experts, released a report this month detailing three “game changers” to strengthen Pennsylvania’s economy.

The group, formed in July 2021 through support from the Department of Community and Economic Development, outlined ways to recapture the state’s manufacturing competitive advantage by aggressively pursuing manufacturing growth sectors to drive prosperity, invest in the factory of the future, and unleash the power of manufacturing to drive regional prosperity.

John Augustine, President and CEO of Penn’s Northeast, a regional economic development agency, praised the group for compiling Pennsylvania’s Manufacturing Competitiveness Playbook.

The playbook builds on the state’s strengths in manufacturing and captures a vision for Pennsylvania’s future as a global leader in advanced manufacturing.

While the COVID-19 pandemic slowed many industries, Augustine said Penn’s Northeast experienced an increase in manufacturing leads in the last three or four years.

“When we did Canpack (in Olyphant) and Ball Corp. (in Jenkins Twp.) they were two of the biggest projects in the state at the time,” he said.

Nearly one in 10 Pennsylvania workers — 562,700 people — were employed in manufacturing as of May, according to the report, which surveyed more than 500 manufacturers.

While Augustine feels the region has been doing well to new attract manufacturers, he added there is room for improvement.

“Manufacturing is our history and our future,” Augustine said. “We’re holding our own in Northeast Pennsylvania, but we could be better. It’s no secret Pennsylvania doesn’t do a good job when it comes to incentives for manufacturers. We’re fortunate our location, workforce, costs and utility reliability help offset that.”

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