In Pennsylvania, Speaking Out for Manufacturing

By September 23, 2010Economy

From The Pittsburgh Business Times, “National, state manufacturing groups unite“:

The National Association of Manufacturers and the Pennsylvania Manufacturers’ Association launched an initiative today to combine their efforts and those of their members to educate federal legislators and candidates on the needs of the American manufacturing industry….[snip]Local manufacturers included in this effort are: Mine Safety Appliances, PPG Industries Inc., Alcoa, U.S. Steel, WESCO International Inc., Bayer Corp., Kennamental Inc. and Westinghouse Electric Co.

“Manufacturers in Pennsylvania employ over 550,000 people across the state and in local communities,” said Kennametal CEO Carlos Cardoso in a written statement. “We need policies that allow us to compete so that we can create new jobs and keep the ones already here.”

A key reference document is the NAM’s policy guide and call to action, “Manufacturing Strategy for Jobs and a Competitive America.”

Some facts about manufacturing in the Keystone State, courtesy of the Pennsylvania Manufacturers Association:

Manufacturing is the engine that drives our economy. The manufacturing sector is the largest contributor to Pennsylvania’s economy, generating 13.6 percent of Gross State Product and directly adding over $75 billion in value every year. Nearly 575,000 Pennsylvanians are directly employed in manufacturing. Pennsylvania manufacturers sell almost $21 billion worth of goods overseas, representing 92 percent of all Pennsylvania exports.

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