WILLIAMSPORT, PA, April 10, 2019– The Pennsylvania Manufacturing Extension Partnership (PA MEP) recently published a report highlighting the impacts made upon Pennsylvania’s manufacturing economy by its network of affiliates. The report summarizes data received from 557 firms that benefitted from PA MEP affiliate services throughout 2018, as gathered by an independent market research firm commissioned by the U.S. Department of Commerce. The purpose of the research, which is performed annually, is to measure the return on investment to manufacturing clients served statewide.

According to data reported by 557 companies, PA MEP affiliate services directly contributed to the achievement of the following results:

  • Creation and retention of 6,113 manufacturing jobs
  • Realization of $186.2 million in new sales and $565.3 million in retained sales
  • Investment of $182.3 million in expansion, modernization, new technologies and workforce advancement
  • Recognition of $71.3 million in cost savings

“This report reinforces the importance of manufacturing on Pennsylvania’s economy,” stated James Shillenn, PA MEP Center Director. “While the collective impact is impressive, the services provided by our network of affiliates is essential to improving the competitiveness of Pennsylvania’s many smaller manufacturers,” he added.

PA MEP is the official representative of the National Institute of Standards & Technology (NIST) Manufacturing Extension Program (MEP) in Pennsylvania. The NIST MEP program is a unique public-private partnership that delivers comprehensive, proven solutions to domestic small and mid-sized manufacturers, thus fueling their growth and advancing the overall manufacturing economy.

PA MEP impacts Pennsylvania’s manufacturers through a network of affiliates strategically located throughout the commonwealth. These affiliates, which also constitute the statewide Industrial Resource Center Network, are Catalyst Connection (southwest), DVIRC (southeast), IMC (central), MANTEC (south central), MRC (Lehigh Valley), NEPIRC (northeast) and NWIRC (northwest).

PA MEP affiliates work directly with Pennsylvania manufacturers to provide expertise and services tailored to meet critical needs including process improvement, workforce training, business strategy development and new technology implementation. These services accelerate manufacturer expansion and job creation by strengthening company competitiveness in the global marketplace.

Through the success of its network of affiliates, PA MEP contributed to the overall impact of the national NIST MEP network, which consists of 51 MEP Centers located in all 50 states and Puerto Rico. Together, they bring over 1,300 advisors and technical specialists to firms that would otherwise not have access to such expertise.

In 2018, the MEP national network interacted with more than 27,000 U.S. manufacturers and helped them to:

  • Create and retain more than 122,000 jobs
  • Generate nearly $16 billion in new and retained sales
  • Invest over $4 billing in modernization and advancement
  • Record more than $1.7 billion in cost savings

PA MEP is dedicated to supporting the continued health and vitality of Pennsylvania’s manufacturing sector, which currently accounts for 9.7% of total private sector employment within the state and provided more than 565,000 working Pennsylvanians with $44.7 billion in total compensation in 2018. More information about PA MEP and its network of affiliates can be found at www.pamep.org.