October 31 Event to Highlight Manufacturing Industry’s Value, Challenges, Future

GETTYSBURG, PA (October 18, 2017) – Business and community leaders are invited to a free roundtable discussion including lunch, focused on Adams County’s top industry—manufacturing—on Tuesday, October 31 at the Harrisburg Area Community College (HACC)—Gettysburg campus. The event is planned by “Advantage Adams” partners—Adams Economic Alliance (AEA), the Adams County Office of Planning and Development, Destination Gettysburg and the Gettysburg Adams Chamber of Commerce.

“Manufacturing employs more Adams Countians than any other industry, and is one of five growth industries in Adams County,” says Robin Fitzpatrick, AEA President. “Our goals for the October 31 event are to educate business and community leaders on the value manufacturing brings to our economy, to share challenges and questions regarding manufacturing, and to generate discussion that leads to a stronger, healthier Adams County economy.”

Nearly 20% of Adams County’s workforce is employed in manufacturing, according to the latest data from Jobs EQ. The average manufacturing wage in Adams County is $47,325, above the median Adams County wage averaged from all industries, $38,962. According to Fitzpatrick, manufacturing, along with agriculture and tourism, comprise Adams County’s top three industries.

Featured speakers for “Manufacturing in Adams County” include:

  • Mike Granby of Red Lion Controls, global experts in communication, monitoring and control for industrial automation and networking. Granby will highlight industry trends and provide an overview of the future of manufacturing.
  • Tom Palisin of The Manufacturers’ Association, York, whose mission is to help meet the workforce needs of manufacturers to enable them to be more productive, competitive and profitable in an ever-changing and increasingly challenging global marketplace. Palisin will discuss opportunities available to help manufacturers grow and compete.
  • Leigh Ann Wilson of MANTEC, a leading manufacturing consultant to South Central Pennsylvania manufacturers. Wilson will present marketing ideas to Adams County manufacturers.
  • Lauren Holubec of Harrisburg Area Community College will discuss educational opportunities and industry partnerships.

The public is welcome to RSVP for the October 31 event online (manufacturerspanel.eventbrite.com ) or by calling the Chamber at 717-334-8151. The event is scheduled from 11:30 am – 1:30 pm, with lunch being served at 11:30, and the discussion beginning at 12 noon. Tours of HACC’s Mechatronics Lab are available before and after the event.

The nonprofit Adams Economic Alliance (AEA), is comprised of three organizations: The Adams County Economic Development Corporation (ACEDC), the Adams County Industrial Development Authority (ACIDA) and the Adams County General Authority (ACGA). For more information, see adamsalliance.org, or follow AEA on Twitter (@AdamsAlliance), Facebook (Facebook.com/AdamsAlliance) and LinkedIn (Adams Economic Alliance).