Governor Corbett Announces Manufacturing Advisory Council Report During Visit To Westport Axle In The Lehigh Valley
BREINIGSVILLE, Pa., Aug. 21, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Governor Tom Corbett today joined manufacturing leaders to announce the findings and recommendations of his Manufacturing Advisory Council during a visit to Westport Axle in the Lehigh Valley.
"Manufacturing adds more than $70 billion in value each year to our state's economy and employs more than 570,000 Pennsylvanians," said Corbett. "Creating a business climate where manufacturers like Westport Axle can prosper will result in a growing economy and more jobs for our citizens. The company we are visiting today will be adding more than 500 new jobs."
Recognizing manufacturing's value to Pennsylvania's economy, Corbett late last year commissioned a private advisory council to identify and prioritize top issues that can help influence, sustain and advance that sector's statewide growth.
The 24-member Governor's Manufacturing Advisory Council, or GMAC, led by the Team PA Foundation, today sent its report to Corbett and the General Assembly outlining a list of 15 key recommendations it believes will help Pennsylvania remain competitive in today's global economy."I commend the work of this council and their commitment to this critical Pennsylvania industry," said Corbett. "I am proud to say my administration has already taken the first steps to address some of the highlighted issues and we look forward to working with industry leaders to address others identified in this report." The report focuses on the building blocks of a strong manufacturing sector; new sets of tools to drive innovation and product development; better access to domestic and international markets; strategic public/private collaboration; improved access to capital; and a highly skilled and educated workforce. The council also found that many companies are having a problem finding workers with the education and skills to fill the growing number of advanced manufacturing positions available.
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