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House of Representatives
Session of 2019 - 2020 Regular Session

MEMORANDUM

Posted: September 5, 2019 03:53 PM
From: Representative Parke Wentling
To: All House members
Subject: Resolution Designating October 4, 2019 as "Manufacturing Day" in Pennsylvania
 

In the very near future, I plan on introducing a resolution designating October 4, 2019 as “Manufacturing Day” in Pennsylvania. This is a part of a nation-wide effort led by the National Association of Manufacturers, and in our commonwealth by the Pennsylvania Manufacturers’ Association.

Manufacturing is the lifeblood of the economic well-being in 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 sustains millions of additional Pennsylvania jobs.

However, there are upwards of 8,000 jobs that remain unfilled on our plant floors. Increasing awareness of our Commonwealth’s young people as to the opportunities that exist in this sector remains a challenge.

Despite the fact that manufacturing jobs have above-average wages and benefits, averaging annual income over $69,000 – 40 percent higher than non-manufacturing sectors- stigmas that manufacturing is dirty, dangerous, and unfulfilling often remain uncontested. We must change this and becoming involved in Manufacturing Day is a critical first-step.

I would greatly appreciate your support of this resolution. Thank you for your consideration.

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Introduced as HR474