National Manufacturing Week, observed October 6-13 this year, showcases the potential of modern manufacturing while fostering interest in manufacturing careers. We’ve partnered with Northeastern Pennsylvania Industrial Resource Center (NEPIRC) to highlight manufacturers right here in NEPA. The culmination of the six-part blog series is Manufacturing Day, a one-day event showcasing made-in-PA products.
Mark your calendar for October 13th for NEPIRC's 2023 Manufacturing Day Event
NEPIRC’s annual MFG DAY event is a time to celebrate our regional manufacturing sector. The event will feature more than 80 exhibitors showcasing their made-in-PA products and will also include workshops led by industry experts, making it an extraordinary day. There will also be panel discussions on leadership and cybersecurity, demonstrations of cutting-edge robotics and other interactive activities. Attendees will hear from renowned industry expert, Pete Ruggerio, COO of Crayola, who will discuss how Crayola was able to thrive amongst the supply chain chaos we all experienced during COVID-19.
To draw attention to NEPA’s regional manufacturers in anticipation of Manufacturing Day, NEPIRC’s blog series will highlight manufacturers in our region. We hope you enjoy learning about these companies, their products and their importance to our region and beyond.
Highlights of NEPA Manufacturers
Bridon-Bekaert: The Ropes Group
Exeter and Hanover, PA
Bridon USA was founded in 1975 and later acquired by Bekaert in 2016 – forming Bridon-Bekaert: The Ropes Group is located in Hanover Twp. and Exeter, with additional locations in Texas and Illinois. Bridon manufactures high-performance rope for industries like oil and gas, mining, fishing, infrastructure, marine, industrial and forestry. Bridon’s global brands include Bridon, WRI, ScanRope and A-cords. While Bridon is not a direct-to-consumer company, its products are sold to manufacturers making many cranes and rope bridges we see daily.
Cardinal Glass Industries
Cardinal Glass Industries, established in 1977, has 49 locations with over 10,000 employees, including a large manufacturing plant in Jessup. Cardinal Glass is a laminated glass (LG) manufacturer that produces windows which contain specialized coated glass that helps lessen the sun’s glare and prevents heat capture. This highly durable, energy-efficient, warm-edge insulating glass has the industry’s lowest failure rate and comes with a 20-year, 150% credit warranty. No other LG manufacturer will offer such a guarantee.
Center City Print
Kingston and Scranton, PA
Center City Print was founded in Scranton in 2012 by Alex Mofetas as a one-stop shop for printing and design needs. In 2018, they expanded with the opening of its Kingston location. From personalized wedding invitations to custom bookmarks, Center City Print offers a wide array of paper products and print services to help small businesses and nonprofit organizations thrive. The Center City team is committed to helping its clients advertise their goods and services nationwide.
Finch Manufacturing and Technology
West Pittston, PA
Finch Manufacturing and Technology was founded by Ashael P. Finch in 1855 and has a history of quality manufacturing for over 160 years. Originally based out of Scranton, Finch was a family-owned company serving the coal and railroad industries. Today, they produce steel components of all sizes. Finch’s dedication and attention to detail helps the manufacturer meet customer needs quickly and efficiently.
Futuristic Innovative Graphics Inc.
Futuristic Innovative Graphics (FIG) was founded in 1993 and is owned by Jared McTague. They specialize in screen printing; embroidery; promotional items like coffee mugs, pens, tablets and hats; awards and trophies; and contract printing. Its clients include casinos, nonprofits, sports leagues, high schools and universities, local and national organizations and even individuals. FIG helps its clients get their brands into the hearts and minds of their audiences. From 12- to 1,000-piece orders, every order is a manageable size for FIG.
Holly Label Company
Holly Label Company is a veteran-owned small business founded in 1974 by John Carr Sr. They make labels that are used on bottled water, wing sauces, meat products, gummy bears, perfumes and warning signs. Clients of Holly Label include Gertrude Hawk Chocolates, First Source and Ranger Industries. With nearly 50 years of quality and service, Holly Label has become one of Northeastern Pennsylvania’s top flexographic printing companies. The company aims to exceed customers’ expectations and provide consistent quality products, fair and competitive pricing, dependable on-time delivery and reliable service.
Space Age Plastics
Jefferson Twp., PA
Space Age Plastics (SAP) was founded over 50 years ago by Joseph and Nancy Ceresko. SAP specializes in creating state-of-the-art plastic products. In fact, the well-known Penn State Nittany Lion is one of its collegiate products. They take pride in assuring their customers of fine craftsmanship, a modern production facility and the reputation required to design and manufacture premier products at competitive prices. With more than 415 products, customers will find rod covers, indoor and outdoor collegiate statues, religious lawn and garden statues and grottos, crosses and crucifixes, shrines, fonts and religious gifts and plaques.
If you’re in the market for any of the products mentioned above, NEPIRC encourages you to do business with one of these great NEPA manufacturers. Remember, when we buy local, our dollars stay local.
NEPIRC’s MFG Day event is Friday, October 13 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Mohegan Pennsylvania Casino & Convention Center in Wilkes-Barre. At Manufacturing Day, you’ll see product demonstrations, learn more about the cool products made right here in our local communities, participate in educational breakout sessions, network, hear from a keynote speaker and enjoy a day of celebration!
If you are already part of our region’s manufacturing community or wish to learn more about it, you’ll want to be at MFG DAY. Tickets are $50 for manufacturers or $100 for non-manufacturers and can be purchased ahead of time or at the door on the day of the event.