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Gov. Wolf: New Funding Awarded to Create ‘Dream Team’ Ambassador Program in Northeast PA to Encourage High School Students to Consider Careers in Manufacturing

Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today announced $150,900 in new funding for the Northeastern Pennsylvania Industrial Resource Center (NEPIRC), through Pennsylvania’s Manufacturing PA Training-to-Career Program (MTTC), to support a manufacturing career awareness program in northeastern Pennsylvania where young professionals talk to high school and college students about the benefits and rewards of a career…

NEPIRC Welcomes Two New Business Advisors to its Team

Wilkes-Barre, PA (July 2022) – To better assist manufacturers in capitalizing on growth opportunities, addressing workforce challenges and implementing new technologies, NEPIRC gladly welcomes Victoria Bradley and Courtney Deignan to its team of professionals. Both will serve as Business Advisors and be responsible for cultivating, maintaining an expanding NEPIRC’s relationships with regional manufacturing clients.   …

NEPIRC Celebrates Hazleton Field Office with Ribbon Cutting

Wilkes-Barre, PA (May 2022) – The Northeastern Pennsylvania Industrial Resource Center (NEPIRC), headquartered in Hanover Twp., celebrated the opening of its Hazleton field office on Friday, June 10. NEPIRC’s new office, which includes access to a state-of-the-art in-person and virtual training room, is located within the CAN BE Innovation Center at 103 Rotary Drive, West…

NEPIRC Mobilizing to Assist Displaced Preferred Meals Employees

Wilkes-Barre, PA (May 2022) – In response to the recent announcement by Elior North America that they will be closing the Preferred Meals plant in Moosic, PA – putting 285 full-time workers out of a job, the Northeastern Pennsylvania Industrial Resource Center (NEPIRC) has announced a special campaign to quickly place those individuals within other…

NEPIRC COVID-19 Response Efforts for Manufacturers Earns National Award

Wilkes-Barre, PA – The International Economic Development Council (IEDC), the world’s largest association of economic development organizations and practitioners, recently presented the Northeastern Pennsylvania Industrial Resource Center (NEPIRC) with an International Silver Award for its COVID-19 Resiliency, Recovery & Mitigation Efforts for Manufacturers. According to data reported by the U.S. Department of Commerce and obtained…

Regional Manufacturing Day Event Rescheduled to May 2022

The Northeastern Pennsylvania Industrial Resource Center (NEPIRC) announced that its Manufacturing Day 2021 Best Practices Summit & Expo, scheduled for October 1st at the Mohegan Sun Pocono Convention Center, has been rescheduled to May 6th, 2022.   Eric Joseph Esoda, NEPIRC president and CEO, noted that the decision to reschedule was made out of concern…

NEPIRC Manufacturing Day 2021 Expo to Highlight Manufacturers and Encourage Regional Supply Chains

Wilkes-Barre, PA., August 9, 2021 – The Northeastern Pennsylvania Industrial Resource Center (NEPIRC) announced the return of its regional National Manufacturing Day (MFG DAY) 2021 Manufacturing Best Practices Summit & Expo. This year’s event will be at the Mohegan Sun Pocono Convention Center on October 1st, 2021. The event, which attracted nearly 400 participants in…

NEPIRC Launches Regional Manufacturer Job Board; Connects Job Seekers to Exciting Careers

Wilkes-Barre, PA., July 28, 2021 – The Northeastern Pennsylvania Industrial Resource Center (NEPIRC) recently launched the region’s first manufacturer job board to connect job seekers throughout northeastern, central and the northern tier of Pennsylvania with manufacturing firms that are growing and adding to their teams. To date, the job board (www.NEPIRC.com/ManufacturingJobs) represents over 60 manufacturers…

Regional Manufacturers Experience Dynamic Growth; Rebound Quickly with NEPIRC Assistance

Wilkes-Barre, PA., July 12, 2021 – The Northeastern Pennsylvania Industrial Resource Center (NEPIRC) closed out its most recent fiscal year on June 30, 2021, with reports of dynamic growth and much faster than expected COVID-19 recovery among its manufacturing clients over the past year. Throughout the past 12 months, NEPIRC assisted more than 400 manufacturers…

NEPIRC Manufacturing Clients Increase Sales, Create Jobs & Invest in Expansion Despite Pandemic-Related Challenges

Wilkes-Barre, PA., March 24, 2021 – According to the Northeastern Pennsylvania Industrial Resource Center’s (NEPIRC’s) recently-released annual impact report, the organization’s manufacturing clients realized $95.5 million of new and retained sales and $12.6 million of cost savings as direct results of NEPIRC’s consultative services throughout 2020. Those impacts allowed their clients to create and retain…

Leading Technology Institute Report: Manufacturing Sector Top Contributor to Economy in 31 of 67 Pennsylvania Counties; 2nd Largest Sector in Commonwealth

A February 2021 report issued by the State Science & Technology Institute (SSTI), a national research, education and information organization dedicated to supporting prosperity nationwide, identified the manufacturing sector as a critical component of Pennsylvania’s existing economy and future economic vitality. More specifically, the report, which analyzed Gross State Product (GSP) and Gross Domestic Product…

Study Quantifies Impact of Manufacturing Extension Partnership Program – With Pennsylvania Affiliates a Prominent Contributor

A January 2021 study by Summit Consulting, a New Jersey-based quantitative research firm, and independent analysts from the W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research of Michigan found that the National Institute of Standards & Technology’s (NIST’s) Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) Program generates substantial financial returns for the U.S. Treasury by creating jobs, increasing profitability…

NEPIRC Provides Free COVID-19 Recovery Recommendation Reports To Regional Manufacturers

WILKES-BARRE, PA (July 2020): The Northeastern Pennsylvania Industrial Resource Center (NEPIRC) is providing free COVID-19 Recovery Recommendation Reports to small and mid-sized manufacturers throughout northeastern and the northern tier of Pennsylvania. NEPIRC’s effort is a direct result of CARES Act funding provided to the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP)…

Governor Wolf Announces PA Innovation Plan

Additional investment in Industrial Resource Centers will accelerate use of advanced manufacturing technologies. WILKES-BARRE, PA (Jan 30, 2020) – Governor Tom Wolf recently revealed his proposed 2020-21 budget for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. That budget includes a $2.5 million increase for the Industrial Resource Center (IRC) network across Pennsylvania to expand their capacity to deliver…

2020 Upjohn Report Identifies Significant Returns on State Investment in PAMEP and IRCs

WILKES-BARRE, PA (Jan. 27, 2020)  A study released earlier this month by the W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research concluded that Pennsylvania Manufacturing Extension Partnership (PA MEP) operations, as implemented by statewide Industrial Resource Centers (IRCs), provide a one-year return of $7.5:$1 on state funds invested in the program. PA MEP serves as Pennsylvania’s center…

NEPIRC Board of Directors Elects New Officers

Wilkes-Barre, PA – The Board of Directors of NEPIRC – the Northeastern Pennsylvania Industrial Resource Center – elected new officers at its Annual Meeting held in Hanover Township on October 19, 2018.   Mr. Gregory Stanton, PE, Vice President/GM of Helmet Operations at Gentex Corporation in Carbondale, Pennsylvania, elected to lead NEPIRC’s Board of Directors…

NEPIRC to Host Three Annual Manufacturing Day Events

National Manufacturing Day recognizes the impact of manufacturing upon the U.S. economy, highlights manufacturing’s value to communities across the nation and raises awareness of high-paying manufacturing careers. Manufacturing Day efforts provide business leaders, legislators, educators, media and the community at large with timely information about the innovations, technologies, career options and best practices that exist…

Efforts to Accelerate Manufacturer Growth and Job Creation Yield Dynamic Return to Treasury, Community and Families

An April, 2018 analysis by the W.E. Upjohn Institute concluded that the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s (NIST) Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) Program generates an economic and financial return of more than 14:1 on the $128 million annually invested by the federal government. The Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) Program is an initiative of the…

NEPIRC’s Manager of Information Systems Receives Certified Ethical Hacker Certification

Randy Yash, Manager of Information Systems at the Northeastern Pennsylvania Industrial Resource Center (NEPIRC), recently attained Certified Ethical Hacker Certification (CEH). The prestigious CEH designation is awarded to individuals who have successfully completed an examination that demonstrates the ability to look for weaknesses and vulnerabilities in computer systems using the same knowledge and tools as…

Public Voting Begins for “What’s So Cool About Manufacturing?” Northeast Campaign

Public voting for northeastern Pennsylvania’s inaugural “What’s So Cool About Manufacturing?” (WSCM) Student Video Contest will open Monday, March 19, 12:01 am and run until Wednesday, March 21, 11:59 pm at the new www.whatssocool.org website. Everyone throughout the northeastern Pennsylvania community is welcome and encouraged to vote! The video with the most votes will receive…

NEPIRC Highlights Manufacturing Job Creation and Growth with Release of 2017 Year In Review

The Northeastern Pennsylvania Industrial Resource Center (NEPIRC) released its 2017 Year in Review, a document that summarizes NEPIRC’s single-year accomplishments in four (4) key areas for local manufacturers: • Generating Client & Community Impact • Introducing Industry-Driven Services • Accelerating Regional Innovation & Industry 4.0 • Being a Champion of Manufacturing During 2017, NEPIRC client…

NEPIRC Brings “What’s So Cool About Manufacturing?” To Northeastern PA

The Northeastern Pennsylvania Industrial Resource Center (NEPIRC) is proud to announce their inaugural year of a regional “What’s So Cool About Manufacturing?” video contest for middle school students. The “What’s So Cool About Manufacturing?” initiative gives 8th graders from schools within Lackawanna, Luzerne, Monroe, Pike and Wayne counties the opportunity to connect directly with local…

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