Governor Tom Wolf today joined the opening ceremony for the Pratt Industries state-of-the-art box manufacturing facility in Carlisle, Cumberland County. The new $ 150 million plant employs 215 full-time manufacturing workers.
âThis plant is another example of the many state-of-the-art facilities opened in Pennsylvania,â Governor Wolf said. âPratt Industries’ investment in this community will create new jobs in Cumberland County and boost the local and regional economy.
Governor Wolf joined Anthony Pratt, executive chairman of Pratt Industries, for a tour of the new plant, which opened in May, and to unveil a plaque. The company is a major paper recycler and the only major paper packaging board company whose products are 100 percent recycled.
âAs we look to the future, Pennsylvania is the perfect location for new and growing manufacturing companies,â Governor Wolf said. âWe are conveniently located near other major cities, are home to top universities and research centers, and we train the next generation of manufacturing workers, focusing on advanced technical and STEM skills. “
Pratt added, âThis state-of-the-art, $ 150 million box factory is our company’s most recent investment in America and we are proud to have created an additional 215 full-time, well-paying jobs in America. making green collars right here in Pennsylvania. “
Pennsylvania has the 18th largest economy in the world, which is larger than the economies of Saudi Arabia, Switzerland, and Turkey. The Commonwealth remains a leader in manufacturing with world-class research and design institutions, technical and industrial resources, and a skilled workforce.
Governor Wolf has made investing in skills training for students and workers a priority, as a skilled workforce will attract more growing businesses to Pennsylvania and create good, middle-class jobs. The governor created the PAsmart initiative in 2018 and secured $ 80 million for computer and technology education at vocational and technical centers, post-secondary institutions, and K-12 schools.
The Wolf administration also established the Apprenticeship Training Office within the Ministry of Labor and Industry. The office works with the private sector to expand the use of paid apprenticeships while you learn. The opportunities are invaluable in today’s economy, not only for our workforce, but also to ensure that companies looking to hire have access to the highly skilled employees they need to thrive in Pennsylvania.