Manufacturing Reports

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

The facts support their work: Manufacturing is Pennsylvania’s third largest source of gross regional product that accounts for over 10% of the total workforce.  And in 2015, Pennsylvania was the eighth-largest manufacturing state in the nation in terms of GDP.  Below you’ll find a variety of reports examining the state of – and potential of- manufacturing in the Commonwealth.


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 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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2012 Facts About Manufacturing

2012 Facts About Manufacturing

The Ninth Edition of Facts About Modern Manufacturing, produced jointly by The Manufacturing Institute, the Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation (MAPI) and the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM).

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Pennsylvania Manufacturing Scorecard

A joint report from the IRC Network and the Pittsburgh Regional Alliance, analyzing the manufacturing sector for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and comparing it to other states as well as the nation as a whole.

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