About Pennsylvania Manufacturing Week
The second annual Pennsylvania Manufacturing Week (October 1-7, 2016) is a celebration of our state’s manufacturing industry, its economic contributions, and career opportunities for the next generation of our workforce. Throughout the week, Pennsylvania manufacturers and partners held events to give students and their families an inside look at today’s modern manufacturing. The national Manufacturing Day initiative officially occurs on October 7, 2016.
Visit 2016 Highlights to learn more about the most recent PA Manufacturing Week.
Manufacturing in Pennsylvania
Manufacturing is part of Pennsylvania’s legacy and plays a significant role in our diverse, global economy. New technological advances in nanotechnology, robotics, and additive manufacturing are revolutionizing manufacturing processes, and driving demand for advanced STEM skillsets in our workforce. Manufacturing continues to bolster both the Pennsylvania and U.S. economy, and creates new opportunities in a variety of fields using the latest technologies.
With an $85 billion impact that accounts for 12 percent of the state’s GDP, manufacturing is Pennsylvania’s second-largest industry in the private sector, and ranks as the 8th largest in the country. We proudly support our manufacturers which fill a critical role in our economy by:
- Driving demand for goods and services across all of our industry sectors
- Accounting for nearly 92 percent of our total goods exports ($36.2 billion in 2015)
- employing nearly half of our private sector workforce, and
- Creating real job opportunities for our workforce; manufacturing employees in Pennsylvania earn over $63,700 per year on average