Not Your Parents’ Manufacturing Economy

Pittsburgh’s manufacturing economy is not just ancient history, but is actually growing.  Don’t take my word for it, read the post Manufacturing our Future by Harold Miller at Pittsburgh’s Future.

One of the most counterproductive myths in the Pittsburgh Region is that manufacturing is dead and gone, or at best on life support, waiting for the last job to move overseas.

Nothing could be further from the truth. Manufacturing is actually the largest economic sector in our region.

But don’t confuse this with the manufacturing of yore.

Medical device manufacturer Medrad just opened a new headquarters and a new manufacturing plant. Westinghouse is building a new headquarters and adding thousands of jobs to develop new nuclear energy plants. U.S. Steel is planning to invest $1 billion in new pollution control equipment. Wheelabrator, a leading pollution control equipment manufacturer, just announced it’s going to create over 500 new jobs. The list goes on and on.

This does not mean that there is not a service sector economy here as well:

Manufacturing job results in 2-3 additional jobs in the region

This post is definitely worth a read.  Click through to read the whole story.


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