NEPIRC Briefs Federal Legislators on Importance of Manufacturing

March 4, 2016

Wilkes-Barre, PA – A delegation of local manufacturers participated in Manufacturers’ Hill Day in Washington, D.C., yesterday. The goal of the day was to increase legislator awareness of the importance of manufacturing to our country and the Commonwealth.

The Northeastern Pennsylvania Industrial Resource Center (NEPIRC) coordinated the day-long event, which included visits with U.S. Senators Robert Casey and Patrick Toomey and U.S. House members, Lou Barletta, Matthew Cartwright, Thomas Marino and Glenn Thompson.

Local officials who participated included Eric Joseph Esoda, NEPIRC President and CEO; Dale Parmenteri, NEPIRC Vice-President of Operations; Greg Stanton, Vice-President of Operations at Gentex; Bruce Daniels, Controller at Medico Industries; and William Cockerill, AFL-CIO Community Service Liaison – United Way of Lackawanna and Wayne Counties.

“This day offered our local manufacturers an opportunity to highlight the advances in manufacturing and the broad economic and employment impacts that manufacturing has to our local, state and national economies,” noted Esoda. “Promoting local manufacturing success stories provides legislators with the insight they need to make policy decisions that support our Commonwealth’s greatest industry and further our national manufacturing agenda.”

Discussion topics included manufacturers’ increased use of additive manufacturing, successful product reshoring efforts, effective revenue diversification strategies, increased exporting activity and leveraging of broadband technology. Participants also compared the current federal investment in manufacturing extension and expansion programs to those of other nations, with hopes that increases to that investment would be made over time.