Pennsylvania Gov. Ridge Announces Economic and Cultural Trade Mission to Asia; PA Delegation to Include 14 Employers and Organizations; Ridge Will Join the Philadelphia Orchestra for Historic Concert

Apr 22, 1999, 01:00 ET from Pennsylvania Office of the Governor

    PHILADELPHIA, April 22 /PRNewswire/ -- Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Ridge today
 announced that he will lead an economic and cultural trade mission to
 Asia beginning May 13 to create more good, high-tech jobs for Pennsylvania
 families and to take more Pennsylvania products and technology to the world.
     "For Pennsylvania to compete globally, we must think and act globally,"
 Gov. Ridge said.  "We must act now to open the doors for Pennsylvania
 employers so they can compete and succeed in markets around the world.
     "This mission will allow us to build on the relationships we have forged
 since our first mission to Asia two years ago.  It's all about taking
 Pennsylvania products and technology to the world's consumers, and creating
 jobs here at home."
     Target markets of the trade mission to Japan, South Korea and Vietnam are
 expected to include information technology; electronic components; electrical
 power systems; telecommunications equipment; environmental products and
 services; and transportation.
     Gov. Ridge first will visit Japan, including stops in Tokyo and Kyoto.
 Japan is the fourth-largest export market for Pennsylvania goods and services,
 with exports of $1 billion in 1998.  Japan also is a major investor in
 Pennsylvania, with at least 100 Japanese-affiliated companies operating in the
 state.
     Next, the delegation will travel to Seoul, South Korea.  Korea is
 Pennsylvania's 10th-largest trading partner with exports of nearly
 $500 million in 1998.  Korea remains the fifth-largest market in the world for
 U.S. goods and services.
     The mission will end in Vietnam -- Pennsylvania's fastest-growing export
 market.  From 1995 to 1998, Pennsylvania exports to Vietnam grew by more than
 93 percent, to more than $8.5 million in 1998.  Stops in Vietnam will include
 Hanoi and Danang.
     Gov. Ridge announced the trade mission at the historic Academy of Music in
 Philadelphia, where he joined Maestro Wolfgang Sawallisch, music director of
 The Philadelphia Orchestra.  As part of the 10-day trip, Gov. Ridge will join
 the orchestra in Vietnam for the first-ever performance by an American
 professional symphony orchestra in that country.
     "The Philadelphia Orchestra is one of Pennsylvania's real treasures," said
 Gov. Ridge, following his performance as "guest percussionist" during an
 orchestra rehearsal, where he played the base drum in a rousing rendition of
 "The Star Spangled Banner."
     "The Philadelphia Orchestra was the first U.S. orchestra to perform in
 China in 1973.  I am proud to be a part of yet another historic-first concert
 for this symphony and look forward to seeing them perform in Vietnam in what
 is sure to be a remarkable event."
     Each spring, The Philadelphia Orchestra embarks on a three-week
 international tour.  This year's trip will include four stops in Asia:  Japan,
 Malaysia, Taiwan and Vietnam.
     Gov. Ridge led an economic trade mission to Japan and Singapore in 1997.
 The 20 Pennsylvania companies that traveled as part of the delegation on that
 mission have generated $10.1 million in actual sales, despite the Asian
 economic downturn.
     "The fact that those 20 Pennsylvania employers are seeing results so
 quickly underscores the reason why we go on these missions," Gov. Ridge said.
 "In less than two years, those employers have turned leads into sales -- and
 it translates into more good jobs for Pennsylvania workers."
     According to the U.S. Department of Commerce, each billion dollars of U.S.
 exports supports, on average, about 13,000 U.S. jobs.  Workers in jobs
 directly supported by goods exports receive wages 20 percent higher than the
 national average.
     Asia accounted for 26 percent of Pennsylvania's exports in 1998 --
 becoming Pennsylvania's largest trading region.
     Total exports for Pennsylvania increased 31 percent from 1994 to 1998, to
 $20.8 billion, according to the Massachusetts Institute for Social and
 Economic Research.
     "Similar to our mission to Mexico last month, my administration is eager
 to help employers form partnerships with leading academic institutions to
 create new products and with leading businesses to create more good-paying
 jobs in Pennsylvania," Gov. Ridge said.  "We look to repeat that success as we
 begin a new era in our growing relationship with our friends and partners in
 Asia."
     Joining Gov. Ridge in Asia will be three members of his Cabinet:
 Community and Economic Development Secretary Sam McCullough; Office of
 Administration Secretary Thomas Paese; and Transportation Secretary Bradley
 Mallory.  Also joining Gov. Ridge will be 14 Pennsylvania employers and
 organizations, including The Philadelphia Orchestra.
     Since its beginning in 1900, The Philadelphia Orchestra has accomplished
 many famous firsts:  the first symphonic orchestra to make electrical
 recordings (1925); the first to perform on the soundtrack of a feature film
 ("The Big Broadcast of 1937"); the first to appear on a national television
 broadcast (1948, on CBS); and the first major orchestra to give a live
 cybercast of a concert on the Internet (1997).  And, in 1939, the orchestra
 made film history when they participated in Walt Disney's "Fantasia,"
 for which the orchestra provided the famous soundtrack.
     "The Philadelphia Orchestra arguably has embraced technology more than any
 other major symphony in the world," Gov. Ridge said.  "They are a perfect fit
 for our Asia trade mission, which will focus heavily on technology.  So not
 only will the orchestra be a wonderful ambassador from Pennsylvania
 culturally, but also will showcase Pennsylvania's leadership when it comes to
 our commitment to high technology."
     The following companies and organizations are participating in the
 mission:
 
     Allegheny County
     Allegheny R&D Inc.
     700 River Ave., Suite 211
     Pittsburgh, PA  15212
 
     Thar Designs
     730 William Pitt Way
     Pittsburgh, PA  15238
 
     Chester County
     Baldt Inc.
     801 W. 6th St.
     Chester, PA  19013
 
     Lancaster County
     Shank's Extracts Inc.
     Import & Export Division
     232 West Walnut St.
     Lancaster, PA  17603
 
     Lehigh County
     Air Products and Chemicals Inc.
     7201 Hamilton Blvd.
     Allentown, PA  18195-1501
 
     Luzerne County
     Hazleton Environmental
     125 Butler Drive
     Hazleton, PA  18201
 
     Jack Young Associates/Pocono Knits Inc.
     100 E. Diamond Ave.
     Hazleton, PA  18201-0522
 
     Montgomery County
     MAX Control Systems Inc.
     1180 Church Road
     Lansdale, PA 129446
 
     Philadelphia County
     Eco-Tech
     6014 North Water St.
     Philadelphia, PA  19120
 
     Philadelphia Museum of Art
     26th Street & The Benjamin Franklin Parkway
     Philadelphia, PA  19130
 
     The Philadelphia Orchestra
     1420 Locust St.
     Philadelphia, PA  19120
 
     Port of Philadelphia & Camden
     210 West Washington Square
     Philadelphia, PA  19106
 
     Delaware River Port Authority
     One Port Center
     2 Riverside Drive
     P.O. Box 1949
     Camden, NJ  08101
 
     Washington County
     Industrial Gasket & Shim Co. Inc.
     200 Country Club Road
     Meadow Lands, PA 15347
 
     CONTACT:  Steve Aaron, Deputy Press Sec. of the Commonwealth News Bureau,
 717-783-1116.
 
 

SOURCE Pennsylvania Office of the Governor
    PHILADELPHIA, April 22 /PRNewswire/ -- Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Ridge today
 announced that he will lead an economic and cultural trade mission to
 Asia beginning May 13 to create more good, high-tech jobs for Pennsylvania
 families and to take more Pennsylvania products and technology to the world.
     "For Pennsylvania to compete globally, we must think and act globally,"
 Gov. Ridge said.  "We must act now to open the doors for Pennsylvania
 employers so they can compete and succeed in markets around the world.
     "This mission will allow us to build on the relationships we have forged
 since our first mission to Asia two years ago.  It's all about taking
 Pennsylvania products and technology to the world's consumers, and creating
 jobs here at home."
     Target markets of the trade mission to Japan, South Korea and Vietnam are
 expected to include information technology; electronic components; electrical
 power systems; telecommunications equipment; environmental products and
 services; and transportation.
     Gov. Ridge first will visit Japan, including stops in Tokyo and Kyoto.
 Japan is the fourth-largest export market for Pennsylvania goods and services,
 with exports of $1 billion in 1998.  Japan also is a major investor in
 Pennsylvania, with at least 100 Japanese-affiliated companies operating in the
 state.
     Next, the delegation will travel to Seoul, South Korea.  Korea is
 Pennsylvania's 10th-largest trading partner with exports of nearly
 $500 million in 1998.  Korea remains the fifth-largest market in the world for
 U.S. goods and services.
     The mission will end in Vietnam -- Pennsylvania's fastest-growing export
 market.  From 1995 to 1998, Pennsylvania exports to Vietnam grew by more than
 93 percent, to more than $8.5 million in 1998.  Stops in Vietnam will include
 Hanoi and Danang.
     Gov. Ridge announced the trade mission at the historic Academy of Music in
 Philadelphia, where he joined Maestro Wolfgang Sawallisch, music director of
 The Philadelphia Orchestra.  As part of the 10-day trip, Gov. Ridge will join
 the orchestra in Vietnam for the first-ever performance by an American
 professional symphony orchestra in that country.
     "The Philadelphia Orchestra is one of Pennsylvania's real treasures," said
 Gov. Ridge, following his performance as "guest percussionist" during an
 orchestra rehearsal, where he played the base drum in a rousing rendition of
 "The Star Spangled Banner."
     "The Philadelphia Orchestra was the first U.S. orchestra to perform in
 China in 1973.  I am proud to be a part of yet another historic-first concert
 for this symphony and look forward to seeing them perform in Vietnam in what
 is sure to be a remarkable event."
     Each spring, The Philadelphia Orchestra embarks on a three-week
 international tour.  This year's trip will include four stops in Asia:  Japan,
 Malaysia, Taiwan and Vietnam.
     Gov. Ridge led an economic trade mission to Japan and Singapore in 1997.
 The 20 Pennsylvania companies that traveled as part of the delegation on that
 mission have generated $10.1 million in actual sales, despite the Asian
 economic downturn.
     "The fact that those 20 Pennsylvania employers are seeing results so
 quickly underscores the reason why we go on these missions," Gov. Ridge said.
 "In less than two years, those employers have turned leads into sales -- and
 it translates into more good jobs for Pennsylvania workers."
     According to the U.S. Department of Commerce, each billion dollars of U.S.
 exports supports, on average, about 13,000 U.S. jobs.  Workers in jobs
 directly supported by goods exports receive wages 20 percent higher than the
 national average.
     Asia accounted for 26 percent of Pennsylvania's exports in 1998 --
 becoming Pennsylvania's largest trading region.
     Total exports for Pennsylvania increased 31 percent from 1994 to 1998, to
 $20.8 billion, according to the Massachusetts Institute for Social and
 Economic Research.
     "Similar to our mission to Mexico last month, my administration is eager
 to help employers form partnerships with leading academic institutions to
 create new products and with leading businesses to create more good-paying
 jobs in Pennsylvania," Gov. Ridge said.  "We look to repeat that success as we
 begin a new era in our growing relationship with our friends and partners in
 Asia."
     Joining Gov. Ridge in Asia will be three members of his Cabinet:
 Community and Economic Development Secretary Sam McCullough; Office of
 Administration Secretary Thomas Paese; and Transportation Secretary Bradley
 Mallory.  Also joining Gov. Ridge will be 14 Pennsylvania employers and
 organizations, including The Philadelphia Orchestra.
     Since its beginning in 1900, The Philadelphia Orchestra has accomplished
 many famous firsts:  the first symphonic orchestra to make electrical
 recordings (1925); the first to perform on the soundtrack of a feature film
 ("The Big Broadcast of 1937"); the first to appear on a national television
 broadcast (1948, on CBS); and the first major orchestra to give a live
 cybercast of a concert on the Internet (1997).  And, in 1939, the orchestra
 made film history when they participated in Walt Disney's "Fantasia,"
 for which the orchestra provided the famous soundtrack.
     "The Philadelphia Orchestra arguably has embraced technology more than any
 other major symphony in the world," Gov. Ridge said.  "They are a perfect fit
 for our Asia trade mission, which will focus heavily on technology.  So not
 only will the orchestra be a wonderful ambassador from Pennsylvania
 culturally, but also will showcase Pennsylvania's leadership when it comes to
 our commitment to high technology."
     The following companies and organizations are participating in the
 mission:
 
     Allegheny County
     Allegheny R&D Inc.
     700 River Ave., Suite 211
     Pittsburgh, PA  15212
 
     Thar Designs
     730 William Pitt Way
     Pittsburgh, PA  15238
 
     Chester County
     Baldt Inc.
     801 W. 6th St.
     Chester, PA  19013
 
     Lancaster County
     Shank's Extracts Inc.
     Import & Export Division
     232 West Walnut St.
     Lancaster, PA  17603
 
     Lehigh County
     Air Products and Chemicals Inc.
     7201 Hamilton Blvd.
     Allentown, PA  18195-1501
 
     Luzerne County
     Hazleton Environmental
     125 Butler Drive
     Hazleton, PA  18201
 
     Jack Young Associates/Pocono Knits Inc.
     100 E. Diamond Ave.
     Hazleton, PA  18201-0522
 
     Montgomery County
     MAX Control Systems Inc.
     1180 Church Road
     Lansdale, PA 129446
 
     Philadelphia County
     Eco-Tech
     6014 North Water St.
     Philadelphia, PA  19120
 
     Philadelphia Museum of Art
     26th Street & The Benjamin Franklin Parkway
     Philadelphia, PA  19130
 
     The Philadelphia Orchestra
     1420 Locust St.
     Philadelphia, PA  19120
 
     Port of Philadelphia & Camden
     210 West Washington Square
     Philadelphia, PA  19106
 
     Delaware River Port Authority
     One Port Center
     2 Riverside Drive
     P.O. Box 1949
     Camden, NJ  08101
 
     Washington County
     Industrial Gasket & Shim Co. Inc.
     200 Country Club Road
     Meadow Lands, PA 15347
 
     CONTACT:  Steve Aaron, Deputy Press Sec. of the Commonwealth News Bureau,
 717-783-1116.
 
 SOURCE  Pennsylvania Office of the Governor