PA Gov Tom Wolf announces ‘Manufacturing PA’ initiative in stop at National Museum of Industrial History

For Immediate Release – October 27, 2017

PA Gov Tom Wolf announces ‘Manufacturing PA’ initiative in stop at National Museum of Industrial History

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf announced new job-creating investments in manufacturing and workforce development in a press conference today at the National Museum of Industrial History in Bethlehem, Pa. He was joined by Jack Pfunder, President and CEO of the Manufacturer’s Resource Center. 

“It’s wonderful to be here at the National Museum of Industrial History.  This is something that actually I don’t think we give ourselves enough credit for in Pennsylvania,” said Governor Wolf. “…Industrial History is really interesting, and I think people really love the idea of how we made things in history as much as they’re interested in how we currently make things and all the new innovative things that are going on in manufacturing.”

In prepared remarks, Wolf said, ““These programs have been developed to respond to the needs that the manufacturing community has been expressing for years by marrying our state’s job training programs with real careers in the manufacturing industry. These programs benefit both the workforce and employers by creating customized training that is tailored to specific needs, and produces highly skilled employees while giving them access to a family sustaining wage and opportunities for advancement.”

Manufacturing PA partners the commonwealth’s research universities and Industrial Resource Centers to accelerate manufacturing technology advancement and adoption, foster manufacturing innovation and commercialization, and build a 21st century workforce.

Manufacturing PA initiative is made up of three new programs, each of which will provide support for Pennsylvania’s manufacturing community in different ways:

  • The Pennsylvania Manufacturing Training-to-Career Grant program will help companies identify and train a skilled workforce while creating a workplace culture that enables the workforce to advance and the company to grow. Grants will be provided to Pennsylvania manufacturers who partner with technical and trade schools, Pennsylvania’s community colleges, and those non-profit organizations that demonstrate both experience and expertise in the development and deployment of workforce development programs.
  • The Pennsylvania Manufacturing Innovation Program will leverage the internationally acclaimed science and engineering talent and discovery capacity of Pennsylvania’s institutions of higher education to help ensure that the commonwealth remains an international leader in manufacturing. This will include a Manufacturing Fellows program, designed to support designated undergraduate and graduate student Fellows in both long- and short-term engagements with industry.
  • Pennsylvania’s Industrial Resource Centers will expand their outreach to include small and medium-sized businesses, and will continue to provide technical, strategic, and market-based assistance to Pennsylvania’s manufacturing sector.

Kara Cenni, President and CEO of the National Museum of Industrial History, said “The Governor’s manufacturing initiatives made the National Museum of Industrial History a perfect backdrop for his announcements.  As we celebrate America’s industrial past and innovations, we aim to educate and inspire future generations of manufacturers, inventors, and visionaries.  By inspiring our students to enter the manufacturing field through our education and outreach programs, we support Pennsylvania’s programs to create a culture that fosters manufacturing excellence.”

About the National Museum of Industrial History
A Smithsonian Institution-affiliate, the National Museum of Industrial History is dedicated to preserving America’s rich industrial heritage. Housed in an 18,000-square-foot, 100-year-old former Bethlehem Steel facility on the largest private brownfield in America, the Museum is home to exciting exhibits, engaging programs and amazing history.

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