Advanced Manufacturing


The manufacturing sector is a significant contributor to the Central Pennsylvania economy. The region has 825 manufacturers representing 11 percent of the region’s total employment (Economic Modeling Specialists, Inc., 2009). In addition to being a significant percentage of regional employment, the manufacturing sector provides high quality jobs as well. In addition, the local economy is tied to the money generated through the manufacturing sector. Based on an economic model provided by Economic Modeling Specialists, Inc., the economic base manufacturing sector drives 19% of regional jobs and 21% of regional earnings. With such a large influence to our local economy, the vitality of our region will be significantly impacted by our ability to create and retain manufacturing jobs.

While new manufacturing job growth may be limited by the current economic environment, the payroll and earnings power of this sector is significant and there continues to be a need to replace manufacturing workers as they retire or otherwise leave the workforce. In fact, production occupations alone are projected to require over 7,000 replacement workers, which represents 24% growth between 2004 and 2014. Manufacturing is particularly affected by an aging workforce. In fact, according to data provided by the US Census Bureau, about 17% of workers in manufacturing will be eligible for retirement in the next 10 years. Although the current economy has effectively delayed retirements, a pent up surge in retirements is expected following the recovery.

The Advanced Manufacturing Industry Partnership supports the competitiveness of Central Pennsylvania’s manufacturing industry through collaborative workforce development initiatives and training. It is a composite of all manufacturing across a nine-county service region and has several subsector working groups including plastics, food and wood manufacturers. The Partnership focuses on the commonalities across all subsectors by creating a regional industry identity and a common table at which industry leaders and support organizations can strategize about initiatives and training programs to keep Central Pennsylvania’s manufacturing base strong.


To identify and implement interventions that support the workforce needs and competitiveness of regional manufacturers regardless of their product or process.

Participation open to manufacturers (NAICS Code 31-33) within Centre, Clinton, Columbia, Lycoming, Mifflin, Montour, Northumberland, Snyder or Union counties.


  • Expand participation to include all manufacturing companies and subsectors
  • Engage manufacturers in driving initiatives that support efficiencies in workforce development, operations and product development
  • Highlight the importance of manufacturing and manufacturing careers to the regional economy
  • Support consortium based training
  • Initiate Regional Manager Forums and sub sector networks as needed
  • Increase linkages between manufacturers and available resources

Current Consortium Based Training Opportunities for Members

Leadership and Management Training:

  • QBQ Personal Accountability Training in Lewisburg, Williamsport and State College: Click here for additional information.
  • Team Building, Coaching and Change Management Workshops. Click here for additional information.
  • Fundamentals of Functional Manager in Bloomsburg. Click here for additional information.

Quality Training:

  • Implementing Quick Response Manufacturing in Williamsport: Click here for additional information.
  • Lean Six Sigma Green Belt in Williamsport
  • Lean Office in State College and Lewisburg
  • Root Cause Analysis Workshop in State College
  • Advanced Root Cause Analysis Workshop in Lewisburg and Williamsport
  • Value Stream Mapping Workshop in Lewisburg

Safety Training:

  • NFPA National Electrical Code Essentials in New Columbia: Click here for additional information.
  • NFPA Electrical Standards for Industrial Machinery in New Columbia: Click here for additional information.
  • NFPA Hazardous / Classified Locations in New Columbia: Click here for additional information.
  • Safestart Train the Trainer for Implementing Behavioral Based Safety

Current Projects

  • Green / Sustainability Summit
  • Premier Manufacturer Tours
  • Regional Manager Forums
  • Educator in the Workplace and Student Internships

Related Research

Supporting Organizations