ERIE – On Tuesday, December 11, the Manufacturer & Business Association (MBA) was presented a proclamation by the Pennsylvania General Assembly designating October 6, 2017, as “Manufacturing Day” in Pennsylvania. Manufacturing Day is part of a nationwide effort to promote manufacturing to middle and high school students in the northwestern Pennsylvania region.
The MBA became involved in the hopes of creating more awareness, which would attract students and young people to look at the manufacturing sector for opportunity, professional growth and family-sustaining jobs. More than 10,000 positions remain unfilled in the industry in Pennsylvania due to the lack of a trainable work force. This past year, more than 2,000 students, educators, as well as business and community leaders, attended the MBA’s fifth annual Manufacturing Day celebration on October 4 at the Bayfront Convention Center — one of the largest in the country.
“We are honored the state recognized our efforts on a state level as Manufacturing Day events happen simultaneously across the country that week,” said MBA President and CEO John Krahe. “Manufacturing Day is only possible due to the tremendous support from our members who partner with us to develop the industry leaders of the future.”
The award was presented by several Pennsylvania state legislators in the region including: Representatives Parke Wentling, 17th District, Ryan Bizzarro, 3rd District, Patrick Harkins, 1st District, and Curt Sonney, 4th District, as well as Senators Michele Brooks, 50th District and Scott Hutchinson, 21st District.