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Senate of Pennsylvania
Session of 2017 - 2018 Regular Session


Posted: September 12, 2017 01:39 PM
From: Senator Mario M. Scavello and Sen. Lawrence M. Farnese, Jr.
To: All Senate members
Subject: Resolution Designating October 6, 2017 as "Manufacturing Day" in Pennsylvania
In the very near future, we plan on introducing a resolution designating October 6, 2017, as "Manufacturing Day" in Pennsylvania. This is part of a nationwide effort led by the National Association of Manufacturers, and in our commonwealth by the Pennsylvania Manufacturers' Association.

Manufacturing is the backbone of the economic well-being of our commonwealth; generating over $70 billion annually in state gross product, employing 570,000 hardworking Pennsylvanians on the plant floor, and supporting supply, distribution, and retail networks that sustain millions of additional Pennsylvania jobs.

However, it is important to emphasize that there are upwards of 8,000 jobs that remain unfilled on our plant floors. Therefore, it is essential that we continue to increase awareness of our commonwealth's need to fill manufacturing jobs and to educate young people as to the opportunities that exist in this important sector.

Despite the fact that manufacturing jobs have above-average wages and benefits, averaging annual income over $65,000 - 44 percent higher than non-manufacturing sectors - stigmas that manufacturing is dirty, dangerous, and unfulfilling often remain uncontested. We must change this stigma and showing continued support and involvement in “Manufacturing Day” is a critical first-step.

Please join us in co-sponsoring this resolution and in recognizing the importance of Manufacturing across the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

If you have any questions regarding this resolution, please contact Christine Zubeck in my office at 717-787-6123 or czubeck@pasen.gov. Thank you for your consideration.

Introduced as SR199