ELK COUNTY, Pa., April 20, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry Secretary Kathy Manderino today continued the "Jobs that Pay" tour at the North Central Workforce Development Board in Ridgway and at the Keystone Powdered Metals Company, in St. Marys. In Ridgway, Sec. Manderino participated in a business roundtable hosted by the North Central Workforce Development Board with several area business representatives and workforce development stakeholders participating.
"This was my first visit to Elk County and the northern Pennsylvania region as L&I Secretary and, as such, I found this particular roundtable to be especially informative," said Manderino. "This part of our state is filled with many communities that rely on jobs created by manufacturing and other blue-collar industries, and this meeting will allow me to bring information about the region's workforce development challenges and successes back to Harrisburg to improve the workforce services that we offer."
Manderino followed the roundtable meeting with a tour of the Keystone Powdered Metal Company. Keystone Powdered Metal is a powdered metal manufacturing firm that was founded in 1927 and is the third-largest employer in Elk County. Keystone specializes in engineering and manufacturing products such as bushings, gears, and sprockets used in appliances, automobiles, and outdoor power equipment.
"Keystone is an extraordinary example of a manufacturer that serves as a pillar of its community," Manderino said. "Careers here range from line manufacturing to advanced engineering and everything in between. Keystone is exactly the type of manufacturer that we would like to see more of in Pennsylvania."
Sec. Manderino's tour highlighted the need to support manufacturers in the commonwealth through devices such as apprenticeship programs and industry partnerships, both of which are currently supported and advocated by Governor Tom Wolf.
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SOURCE Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry