David N. Taylor, executive director of the Pennsylvania Manufacturers’ Association (PMA), asked policymakers to take a pro-production stance on manufacturing jobs in the commonwealth during a hearing before the House Democratic Policy Committee on Tuesday.
“Manufacturing is the engine that drives Pennsylvania’s economy," Taylor said. "It is the sector that adds the most value, has the strongest multiplier effect on jobs, and sustains the quality of life for our families and communities all across the commonwealth.”
PMA is a nonprofit trade association that represents people who work in manufacturing statewide.
“We want to strengthen Pennsylvania’s economic fundamentals, lowering the baseline costs of creating and keeping jobs, thereby making it the smart business decision to invest, hire, and grow in Pennsylvania rather than somewhere else,” Taylor said.
Taylor said that more than a half-million workers are employed on plant floors in the state, and manufacturing contributes more than $70 billion to Pennsylvania’s gross domestic product each year.
In addition to bringing in revenue to the state, Taylor said that manufacturing jobs are generally better paying and offer better benefits compared to jobs in other sectors.
“More units moved means more earnings for the businessman and more opportunity for the working man," Taylor said. "This is how we all win together.”