In Williamsport, Pennsylvania: Workforce, Energy

National Association of Manufacturers President John Engler highlighted two challenges for industry last evening evening in his remarks to the Manufacturers’ Association of Central Pennsylvania in Williamsport: workforce and energy. From the Sun-Gazette:

“Work force is the top priority for our organization,” Engler said.

He said the baby boomers are retiring and taking 30 years of experience with them, and when those people retire, training new employee becomes very important.

“We want manufacturing to be appealing,” Engler said.

It is important to reach out to young people and to high school counselors and let them know the opportunities that are available in the manufacturing sector, he said.

The local association has started an annual awards program and honored last night were Cromaglass, PMF Industries and Woolrich — small, medium and large manufacturing businesses of the year. Congratulations to all and our best to Cromaglass, a manufacturer of waste-water treatment systems and an NAM member company.

Coincidently, one of our Cool Stuff Being Made videos last year featured Woolrich, the manufacturers of red-and-black plaid outdoor clothing, and more…

And speaking of cool, check out PMF Industries, a high-tech metals fabrication and forming company: “No other company can combine flowforming with more state-of-the-art processes, in-house manufacturing, design flexibility, and overall project control than PMF. It’s what we call FlowformingPlus!”

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