Four Regional Manufacturing Executives Selected to Play Key Roles in Statewide Manufacturing Initiative

Four regional manufacturing executives were recently selected by Governor Tom Corbett to help lead the Governor’s Manufacturing Advisory Council as part of a statewide Team PA Foundation-led initiative.

Frank Epifano, CFO of Sanofi Pasteur, Scott Meuser, Chairman and CEO of Pride Mobility Products Corp., Louay Mishu, Plant Manager at Procter & Gamble, and David Simpson, President of Diamond Manufacturing will join other manufacturing leaders, trade association representatives, Industrial Resource Center Executive Directors and Department of Community & Economic Development Secretary C. Alan Walker during the initiative.

The Governor’s Manufacturing Advisory Council will address topics such as the Commonwealth’s tax structure, regulatory environment, regional workforce issues, barriers to innovation, alternative energy options and international trade opportunities in an effort to develop policy and strategy recommendations that are designed to help Pennsylvania remain competitive in today’s global manufacturing economy. The ultimate goal of the Council is to make recommendations that will further strengthen the manufacturing industry and allow manufacturers to add jobs for Pennsylvanians.

“Our region is fortunate to have such diverse and well-qualified representation on this very important advisory council,” said Eric Joseph Esoda, NEPIRC’s Executive Director.

At a broader level, small and mid-sized manufacturers will also be represented by Jack Pfunder, Executive Director/CEO of the Manufacturers’ Resource Center of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.

Northeastern Pennsylvania manufacturers who desire to express their particular views on the matters above are encouraged to submit written testimony to Eric Joseph Esoda, NEPIRC’s Executive Director, via email to All testimony will be forwarded to the appropriate Advisory Council representatives.