Duquesne, PA (May 17, 2017) – The Pennsylvania Senate Manufacturing Caucus held a hearing today at the United States Steel Mon Valley Training Center in Duquesne. Members of the House Manufacturing Caucus also attended the hearing. Manufacturing is Pennsylvania’s fourth largest industry sector in terms of gross state product, contributing $84.9 billion to the commonwealth’s economy in 2016, according to the US Bureau of Economic Analysis.
“The Pittsburgh region and Pennsylvania have a long history as a leader in manufacturing for the United States,” said Matt Smith, President of the Greater Pittsburgh Chamber of Commerce, who testified at the hearing. Smith continued: “While we are proud of our history, we are even more excited for the future. The combination of our manufacturing capabilities combined with opportunities for energy resource development, provide amazing opportunities for the region. Shell Pennsylvania Chemicals’ recent investment in Potter Township, Beaver County, is one noteworthy example. It is critically important that our elected officials work collaboratively with the business community to help develop these opportunities. I commend Senator Ward, Senator Brewster and all of the House and Senate members that attended today’s important event.”
Senator Kim Ward, co-chair of the Senate Manufacturing Caucus noted: “The speakers at today’s hearing provided great insight into both pro-growth ideas that support manufacturing as well as public policy that inhibits the sector. I firmly believe that we must continue to produce things in Pennsylvania in order to have vibrant and strong communities and will continue to do what I can to support the manufacturing sector.”
Senator Jim Brewster, co-chair of the Senator Manufacturing Caucus added: “Since being elected to office, I have championed measures to support our manufacturing sector, including bills that I have introduced this session to require the use of American made steel. The manufacturing sector provides family-sustaining jobs that we as legislators must do our part to protect and grow.”
“I want to thank the Senate Manufacturing Caucus for inviting the House Manufacturing Caucus to participate in the hearing hosted by United States Steel,” said Representative Eli Evankovich, co-chair of the House Manufacturing Caucus. Representative Evankovich continued: “The presenters today highlighted the need for Pennsylvania to take immediate steps to capitalize on new manufacturing investments that are anticipated over the next several years. We need our state to move as a partner at the speed of business to revitalize our state economy.”
Representatives of the Pennsylvania Manufacturers’ Association, Alliance for American Manufacturing, Pennsylvania Steel Alliance, and Pennsylvania Coal Alliance also offered testimony. The Pennsylvania Senate Manufacturing Caucus promotes policies that support a competitive and thriving manufacturing sector.