PHILADELPHIA, June 28, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry Secretary Kathy Manderino continued the "Jobs that Pay" tour today at Leonardo Helicopters (formerly AgustaWestland) and Computer Components in Philadelphia, and Dad's Hat Rye distillery in Bristol.
"Today I had the great privilege of visiting three outstanding and very different businesses in southeastern Pennsylvania," Sec. Manderino said. "From an international helicopter manufacturing powerhouse employing hundreds in Philadelphia, to a small-scale craft whiskey distillery in Bristol, each of these employers is committed to growing Pennsylvania's economy and providing more-than-fair compensation for their employees."
Secretary Manderino's tour highlighted how companies, both large and small, can successfully operate in Pennsylvania while fully and fairly compensating their employees. Governor Tom Wolf has proposed raising Pennsylvania's minimum wage to $10.15 an hour. The increase would benefit more than 1.2 million Pennsylvania workers, many of whom are adults with families.
Secretary Manderino has been traveling the commonwealth and discussing with business owners, employees, and stakeholders the importance of raising the minimum wage in Pennsylvania. A minimum wage increase to $10.15 per hour will support local businesses, create new jobs, and would boost state revenue by roughly $60 million annually.
The tour stops also highlighted the need to support manufacturers across the commonwealth through programs such as apprenticeship programs and industry partnerships, both of which are key workforce development initiatives of the Wolf Administration.
Leonardo Helicopters is a military, government, and commercial helicopter manufacturer that designs and produces some of the most technologically advanced helicopters operating across the United States. Its Philadelphia facility employs approximately 600 workers.
Computer Components Corporation designs, develops, and manufactures electromechanical assemblies for manufacturers in industries that include information technology, medical equipment, defense, telecommunication, and industrial controls. It employs over 85 workers in Philadelphia.
Dad's Hat Rye distillery has made high-quality Pennsylvania rye whiskey since 2011. The company recently announced an expansion, through which it will be hiring new employees and increasing its production capacity by 250 percent.
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SOURCE Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry