STROUDSBURG, Pa., April 10, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Department of Labor & Industry (L&I) Secretary Kathy Manderino continued the "Jobs that Pay" (JTP) tour with a keynote address at a Greater Pocono Chamber of Commerce luncheon in Stroudsburg today. After the luncheon concluded, she participated in a tour at Sutphen East Corporation in Lake Ariel.
"I often refer to the JTP tour as a 'listening tour,'" said Sec. Manderino. "Today's luncheon provided an invaluable opportunity to discuss Governor's Wolf's agenda with Monroe, Carbon, Northampton, Pike and Wayne county business leaders and to hear directly from them, local economic development professionals and stakeholders about what the future workforce development needs are in this region."
Following the chamber luncheon, Sec. Manderino traveled to Wayne County for a tour of Sutphen East. She was joined by representatives of the Wayne Valley Economic Development Corporation.
"Sutphen's state-of the-art facility showcased what the future of manufacturing looks like in Pennsylvania," said Sec. Manderino. "One of the goals of the JTP tour is to shine a spotlight on the high-skilled, good paying manufacturing jobs that exist in the commonwealth and encourage cooperation between local workforce development partners in order to create a pipeline of qualified employees to meet future manufacturing needs."
In 2016, Sutphen received a funding proposal from the Governor's Action Team to establish the new manufacturing facility in Sterling township and create 60 new jobs.
Sutphen East Corporation, a fire apparatus manufacturer, is a subsidiary of the Sutphen Corporation. Founded in 1890, Sutphen is in its 125th year of operation and is touted as the oldest continuously owned and operated fire apparatus manufacturer in the country. Sec. Manderino's tour highlighted the engineering department, the metal cutting and painting area, and the service department.
The 'Jobs that Pay' tour is an effort by state agencies to promote good-paying, family-sustaining jobs and career-paths available to job-seekers across the commonwealth, and to listen and learn from employers and employees about workforce development needs.
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SOURCE Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry