Manufacturing Reports

Pennsylvania’s manufacturers take seriously their role as wealth generators for the state and nation.

The facts support their work: Pennsylvania manufacturers employ over 550,000 workers – representing 1 out of every 9 private sector jobs.  Small to mid-sized manufacturing companies represent 12% of total gross state product.  Below you’ll find a variety of reports examining the state of – and potential of- manufacturing in the Commonwealth.


Examining the Quality, Market Value, and Effectiveness of Manufacturing Credentials in the United States

A recent study supported by NIST Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) about how U.S. manufacturers use and value manufacturing credentials. The report features recommendations for multiple stakeholders including manufacturers, credentialing organizations, educators, accreditors and policy makers.

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2018 The National-Level Economic Impact of the Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP)

A recent study by the W.E. Upjohn Institute found the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s (NIST) Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) Program generates a substantial economic and financial return of 14.5:1 for the $128 million annually invested by the federal government. Returns are substantially higher than previously reported due to broader economic effects.

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Impacting Pennsylvania’s Manufacturing Economy – The Economic and Fiscal Impact Analysis of IRC Engagements in Pennsylvania

The Regional Economic Studies Institute at Towson University recently completed their analysis of PA Industrial Resource Center (IRC) impacts upon the Commonwealth’s economy in 2016 and the results are dynamic to say the least. IRC engagements facilitated the creation and retention of more than 15,000 jobs – thus adding more than $934 million in employee compensation and $3.75 billion in Gross State Product to Pennsylvania’s economy.

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2017 The National-Level Economic Impact of the Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) Executive Summary

A recent study by the W.E. Upjohn Institute found the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s (NIST) Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) Program generates a substantial economic and financial return of nearly 9:1 for the $130 million annually invested by the federal government. The PA MEP’s impact ranks nationally within the top four statewide centers. PA MEP is made up of the 7 Industrial Resource Centers (IRCs).

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PA Economic Quarterly: Advancing Manufacturing in the Keystone State

Pennsylvania’s manufacturing industry has transformed over the years through dynamic evolution to meet modern needs, and the incorporation of world-class R&D and innovative methods. To continue to market the thriving sector, the Department of Community and Economic Development unveiled the newest edition of Pennsylvania Economic Quarterly with a focus on advanced manufacturing in the Keystone State. Featuring everything from 3-D labs to industrial resource centers, this edition showcases how manufacturing propels Pennsylvania’s future.

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Pennsylvania's True Commonwealth

Pennsylvania’s True Commonwealth

The full 200-plus page report on the state of manufacturing in Pennsylvania, commissioned by the state’s Industrial Resource Centers with research led by Dr. Edward W. (Ned) Hill of Cleveland State University.

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Broadband Technology in Manufacturing

This study’s objectives are to better understand best practices relative to broadband use within the manufacturing sector and to identify relevant trends and perceptions.

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Digital Intensity in Manufacturing

Digital Intensity in Manufacturing

This report highlights digital technology success stories from small to medium-sized manufacturers and identifies common themes of success.

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