#33 Pennsylvania

From the Governor

“I have worked hard to ensure that when the state is investing in our local communities, we are directing our resources toward projects that transform our cities, municipalities and counties into stronger communities where residents want to work and live.” —Gov. Tom Wolf

Manufacturing a Bright Future in the Keystone State

Manufacturing is gaining ground as a critical contributor to the Keystone State’s economy. Spartan Motors is expanding operations and adding 200 new jobs in Harrisburg, Freshpet is expanding its processing operations in Hanover, and Air Liquide Advanced Materials is investing in a new facility in Upper Mount Bethel Township. Officials are driving the Manufacturing PA Initiative to ensure the state will have the talent it needs to support growth.

Key Contacts

Dept. of Community and Economic Development

Dennis Davin, Secretary
Commonwealth Keystone Building
400 North Street, 4th Floor
Harrisburg, PA 17120-0225


Pennsylvania Department of Community & Economic Development: dced.pa.gov

Pennsylvania Economic Development Association: peda.org

Pittsburgh Regional Alliance: pittsburghregion.org

PIDC Philadelphia: pidcphila.com

Highlighted Program or Initiative

Gov. Tom Wolf launched the Manufacturing PA Initiative in October 2017. It aims to enhance growth and competitiveness of manufacturing in Pennsylvania through grants, industrial resource centers and an innovation program.

Big Deals

  • Assurant announced in January 2018 it will expand its two facilities in Manchester Township and create 307 new jobs.
  • Spartan Motors announced in May 2018 it will expand its manufacturing facility in Harrisburg and create 200 new jobs.
  • AmerisourceBergen announced in June 2018 it will expand its national headquarters in Harrisburg and create 550 new jobs in the next five years.
  • Air Liquide Advanced Materials announced in July 2018 a $45 million facility in Upper Mount Bethel Township that will support 188 jobs and 80 more jobs over the next three years.
  • Freshpet announced in August 2018 an expansion of its pet food production operations in Hanover Township and the creation of 100 new jobs in the next three years.
  • Reliance Standard Life Insurance announced in September 2018 it will expand its headquarters in Philadelphia and create 127 new jobs in the next three years.
  • Bell & Evans announced in April 2018 a $260 million expansion of its poultry processing operations in Bethel Township. The project will create more than 1,000 new jobs.

Big Companies

21 Fortune 500 companies are headquartered in the state, including:

Kraft Heinz
PNC Financial Services Group
Dick’s Sporting Goods
Toll Brothers
United States Steel

Toll Brothers
United States Steel

C-Suite Testimonials

“We are pleased that our community ties and strong partnership with the Governor’s Action team have helped make this investment possible. We look forward to expanding our operations in Northampton County and are proud to contribute to the growing economic vitality in the area and strengthening the manufacturing industry in the state.” —Paul Burlingame, President and CEO, Air Liquide Advanced Materials

“We’re committed to this location, our workforce and to better serving our customers by having a larger presence on the Eastern seaboard…. Programs like the Pennsylvania First program and the corresponding tax credits offered by Gov. Wolf and the PA Department of Community and Economic Development made that expansion easier.” —Daryl Adams, President and CEO, Spartan Motors

“Reliance Standard has flourished since locating our headquarters in Philadelphia in 1982…. This is a city of champions—and by this I mean our employees…. I couldn’t be happier to continue our legacy as a Philadelphia success story and build our future here.” —Chris Fazzini, CEO, Group Benefits, Reliance Standard

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