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House of Representatives
Session of 2019 - 2020 Regular Session

MEMORANDUM

Posted: August 24, 2020 12:41 PM
From: Representative Parke Wentling and Rep. Donna Oberlander, Rep. Jim Cox
To: All House members
Subject: Resolution Designating October 2, 2020 as "Manufacturing Day" in Pennsylvania
 
In the very near future, we plan on introducing a resolution designating October 2, 2020 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.

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

Sincerely,
 
Parke Wentling
State Representative
17th Legislative District
Crawford, Erie, Lawrence and Mercer Counties
 
Donna Oberlander
State Representative
63rd Legislative District
Armstrong, Clarion and Forest Counties
 
Jim Cox
State Representative
129th Legislative District
Berks and Lancaster Counties

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