In recognition and support of national Manufacturing Day, Marcellus Shale Coalition (MSC) President David Spigelmyer issued a statement from Pittsburgh on Friday, remarking on the state of the manufacturing industry in Pennsylvania.
Manufacturing Day, established in 2012 to celebrate modern manufacturing and inspire the next generation of manufacturers, officially occurs on the first Friday of October. It aims to address common misconceptions about manufacturing, allowing manufacturers to open their doors and show what manufacturing is — and isn’t.
By connecting with the public, manufacturers can begin to address skilled-labor shortages, connect with future generations and take charge of the sector’s public image. Supported by industry sponsors and co-producers, MFG DAY coordinates a collective voice among manufacturers with common concerns and challenges.
Spigelmyer, in his statement, commended the potentially monumental shift in the energy industry now being witnessed by Pennsylvanians.
“America’s energy revolution – led right here in the Commonwealth – is breathing new life into our manufacturing sector, which has been battered for far too long, especially during the Great Recession,” Spigelmyer said. “While the region’s manufacturing obituary had been written by many, this critically important sector is being renewed … thanks to shale and Pennsylvania’s world-class workforce.”
Spigelmyer cited the advantages inherent in the Philadelphia area’s re-emergence as an energy hub, particularly regarding natural gas from the state’s abundant and affordable shale resources.
“Our region’s manufacturers are well-positioned to fully capitalize on shale’s energy savings that will help create good-paying jobs and further strengthen the Commonwealth’s economy,” Spigelmyer said, noting that shale already has created a manufacturing renaissance for Pennsylvania. With the right policies in place, Pennsylvanians can stand to benefit from this timely opportunity, Spigelmyer said.
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