A group of manufacturing leaders from across the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania recently met with the General Assembly of the Manufacturing Caucus to participate in a roundtable discussion. The purpose of the session was for attendees to share their stories of growing their businesses and creating jobs, as well as discussing their current challenges and future opportunities. Directors from the Pennsylvania Industrial Resource Centers, including Northwest Industrial Resource Center (NWIRC), also attended the meeting. Members of the Caucus had the opportunity to observe a robotics demonstration, highlighting the importance of technology for manufacturing companies to grow and become more competitive.

Those attending from northwestern PA include (see photo): (front, L-R) John Thigpen, President of Ilsco Extrusions; Elisabeth Smith, President/CEO of Acutec Precision Aerospace; Carolyn Newhouse, Executive Director of Bradford Area Alliance; Robert Zaruta, President/CEO of NWIRC; Susan Hileman, Strategic Business Advisor for NWIRC; (Back, L-R) Bob Hill, President of Solar Atmospheres; Will Knecht, Chairman of Wendell August Forge; Brent Ward, President of Integrated Fabrication; Ashleigh Walters, President of Onex Inc; and Don Smith, COO of Franklin Industries.