Northeast PA Manufacturers & Employers Association President Darlene J. Robbins, one of 24 members of the Governor's Manufacturing Advisory Council, announced that
the group has sent its recommendations to Governor Tom Corbett and the state Legislature.
The council, whose work was designed to help strengthen the manufacturing sector, lists the lack of a talented and highly educated workforce as its top concern.
"With nearly 15,000 manufacturing establishments across the commonwealth, the outlook is bright for continued growth," said Robbins. "Pennsylvania firms have shown growth in both sales and in jobs since 2010. Manufacturing is the engine of our economy and in Pennsylvania; our manufacturers are adding $60 billion in value every year,
while employing 575,000 Pennsylvanians."
To read a copy of the full GMAC report, background on the council's work and a list of council members, visit Team Pennsylvania Foundation website at www.teampa.com/manufacturingcouncil.
Gov. Corbett had charged in January the non-profit group Team Pennsylvania Foundation to lead the council to "identify and prioritize top issues that can help influence, sustain and advance that sector in the commonwealth." Manufacturing adds $75 billion to the state's economy annually, according to state statistics.
Co-chaired by Department of Community and Economic Development Secretary C. Alan Walker and Carlos Cardoso, Chairman, President & CEO, Kennametal Inc., Latrobe, the council gathered information about challenges facing the industry from industry experts and manufacturers and compiled its findings over a six-month period beginning in January.
The 24-member council consisted of a diverse array of manufacturing interests and companies located throughout the commonwealth.
During a press conference last Tuesday at Westport Axle in Breinigsville, Gov. Corbett made a few remarks about the council as well as the report. "I commend the work of this council and their commitment to this critical Pennsylvania industry," said Corbett. "I am proud to say my administration has already taken the first steps to address some of the highlighted issues and we look forward to working with industry leaders to address others identified in this report."
For more information on the report or the council, please call the MAEA office at 570-622-0992 or email Darlene J. Robbins at
The Northeast Pennsylvania Manufacturers and Employers Association (MAEA) and the Wilkes-Barre Area Office of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration
(OSHA) announce that they have renewed an Alliance between the two organizations.
Under the Alliance, both organizations have agreed to continue to recognize the value of maintaining a collaborative relationship to foster safer and more
healthful American workplaces. Furthermore, there will be a continued emphasis on providing members and others with information, guidance, and access to training resources that will help manufacturing businesses protect the health and safety of workers and understand the rights of workers and the responsibilities of employers under the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSH Act). Through the Alliance, both will continue to address worker safety issues and employer safety management issues that impact new employees in the workforce, small business and employees with limited or English as a second language challenges. In renewing the Alliance, OSHA and MAEA recognize that OSHA's State Plan and On-site Construction Project partners are an integral part of the OSHA national effort.
"Making the work environment safer, also makes employees work smarter and be more productive," said MAEA President Darlene J. Robbins.
For more information, please call the office at 570-622-0992 or email Darlene J. Robbins at
Pa.—The Northeast Pennsylvania Manufacturers and Employers Association (MAEA)
will hold a CFO/Finance Roundtable from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. discussing internet
fraud and risk update on March 20, 2012 at the Pottsville Club.
Presenter John Walp, Administrative Vice President and Corporate Information
Security Officer for M& T Bank, Buffalo, New York, will discuss
understanding internet risks and fraud trends, understanding Crimeware and the
threat it presents as well as how to protect yourself.
John Walp has more than 18 years of Information Technology experience, more
than half of which has been focused on information security challenges.
His responsibilities include forming and executing the overall strategy for
Information Security and Privacy at M&T Bank. Mr. Walp was selected
as the 2009 North East Information Security Executive of the Year, an honor
given by the Executive Alliance. John is a Certified Information Systems
Security Professional as well as a Certified Information Security Manager.
The cost to register, which includes lunch, is $36 for members and $72 for
non-members. To register, please email Nancy McCloskey at
office at 570-622-0992. You can also review our other offerings by
visiting our website at www.maea.biz.
The "Pottsville Flight" of 22 bikers left Schaeffer's Harley-Davidson, Orwigsburg on Saturday, September 10 for the "Let's Roll Flight 93 Memorial Ride" to Shanksville, PA. The send off included the Blue Mountain High School Band performing our national anthem and taps, Bagpiper Tyler Walthers of the Hawk Mountain Highlander Band performing "Amazing Grace", Schuylkill County Idol Shaina Graff singing our national anthem, and Schuylkill County Junior Idol Bryel Frasch singing an a cappella version of "God Bless America." Gary Bates of the Christian Motorcycle Club performed the blessing of the bikes and The Veterans of the Vietnam War Post 29 honored the heroes of Flight 93 with a 21 gun salute.
Dignitaries present included: Senator David Argall, State Representatives Neal Goodman, Mike Tobash, and Jerry Knowles. Also present were representatives of Schuylkill County: Registrar of Wills Mike McCord and Clerk of Courts Steve Lukach. Orwigsburg Mayor Austin Scandiber, Orwigsburg Borough Council President Michelle Rudloff, and Orwigsburg Borough Manager Mike Lonergan were on hand to honor the heroes of Flight 93, and to wish our bikers well on their trip to Shanksville. Representing the Northeast PA Manufacturers & Employers Association were President Darlene J. Robbins and Chairman of the Board of Directors Andy Falco.
As the bikers left Schaeffer's Harley-Davidson for Shanksville, they were escorted by the Orwigsburg Police Department and passed under a ladder arch provided by the Schuylkill Haven and Pottsville Fire Departments. The "Pottsville Flight" of bikers raised $22,000 for the Flight 93 Memorial in Shanksville, PA. Statewide the "Let's Roll Flight 93 Memorial Ride" raised nearly $250,000!