About the IRC Network
Manufacturing is critical to the health and prosperity of the Pennsylvania economy. Likewise, Industrial Resource Centers (IRCs) are critical to the small and medium-sized manufacturers that make up more than 92 percent of the Commonwealth’s manufacturing base.
Creating jobs at home
Manufacturing is the largest contributor to the gross state product, employing more than half a million Pennsylvanians with an average annual wage of over $70,000.
The IRC Network represents seven private, nonprofit IRCs located strategically throughout the Commonwealth. These Centers were established to help manufacturers respond to changing markets, new technology and the competitive pressures of today’s global economy.
Working collaboratively, company by company, the Network’s mission is to help manufacturers envision where they want to be and assist them to achieve it, in addition to giving a voice to an increasingly vital part of the Commonwealth’s economy.
The IRCs strive to keep the manufacturing sector strong, help it grow by assisting manufacturers with improved bottom line strategies – productivity enhancement and waste elimination and with topline growth by supporting strategic initiatives – new and improved products, market differentiation and workforce development strategies.