Pa. House advances manufacturing bill to boost jobs, economy – Central Penn Business


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New legislation to improve Pennsylvania’s manufacturing industry has been approved by the state’s House of Representatives. 

Sponsored by Sen. Devlin Robinson, R-Allegheny, Senate Bill 497 allows state-related universities across Pennsylvania to work with engineering firms to enhance research, foster business partnerships, produce high-value products and create well-paying jobs. 

“Advanced manufacturing is the backbone of Pennsylvania’s economy, driving innovation, sustainability and global competitiveness,” Robinson said. “By embracing cutting-edge technologies and processes, we are not only preserving our rich industrial heritage but also paving the way for a future of economic growth and job creation.” 

The bill heads to Gov. Josh Shapiro for his consideration. 

The legislation would establish the Max Manufacturing Initiative Act, offering grants and loans to eligible applicants in advanced manufacturing. According to a release, this field uses “innovative technologies to develop and improve products across various industries.” 

Senate Bill 497 reads that it is an “Act providing for advanced manufacturing facilities and infrastructures through business partnerships with State-related institutions; establishing the Max Manufacturing Initiative Fund and Max Manufacturing Endeavor Loan Fund; providing for prevailing wage; and imposing powers and duties on the Department of Community and Economic Development.” 

Per the release, the manufacturing industry in the United States produces more than $4 trillion dollars annually. In Pennsylvania, manufacturing accounts for nearly 10% of jobs, the manufacturing sector employing more than 564,700 residents. 

“Pennsylvania is not just manufacturing products – it’s manufacturing the future,” said Robinson.





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