Regional Industry Analysis report shows Northeast PA is vibrant location for manufacturing
For decades, food processing industry companies have found great success locating their operations in the Greater Hazleton region and throughout Northeast Pennsylvania because of prime access to major interstate highways and a highly-skilled manufacturing workforce. But a recent Regional Industry Analysis report conducted by the Northeastern Pennsylvania Industrial Resource Center (NEPIRC) showed there are numerous additional benefits for companies located in the region.
The many benefits available in Northeast PA for manufacturers include modernized manufacturing training programs, a dedicated collaboration between industries and area colleges and universities, and an innovative manufacturing culture that has led to the creation of many high-performing industry clusters, including food processing. Eric Esoda, President and CEO of NEPIRC, said the benefits already in place, as well as those to come through technical innovation, will lead to a continuous increase of manufacturing success in the area for years to come.
Esoda said, “Our regional manufacturing community is well-positioned to thrive in the years ahead. Our region has the workforce pipeline, advanced training programs, university-based resources, innovation infrastructure and collaborative spirit needed to ensure manufacturing growth well into the future. Because of that, our manufacturers, their employees and our community have good reason to be optimistic.”
Northeast PA food processing companies see an increase in the number of applications from prospective workers and an increased skill level of current employees because of available training options that include local manufacturing career fairs, industry in-school and Pennsylvania CareerLink® presentations, and public plant tours that educate area residents about available manufacturing jobs.
Manufacturers have also experienced the benefits of participating in apprenticeship, internship, job shadowing and after-school programs, which educate today’s high school and trade school students on the skills they will need to succeed in the manufacturing industry. This has led to an increase in applications for certificate programs and associated degrees in advanced manufacturing training. In addition to their quality educational programs, colleges and universities across Northeast PA have invested millions to develop modernized, state-of-the-art industrial skills training facilities that are equipped with the latest conventional and additive manufacturing equipment, the newest software and the most modern technology available.