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.
Manufacturing Sector Thriving in NEPA
Let’s keep the momentum going for NEPIRC’s Manufacturing Day event, taking place October 13th, by looking at six more profiles of Northeastern Pennsylvania manufacturers. Attending NEPIRC’s Manufacturing Day is a great way to learn more about our region’s manufacturing industry and its many contributions to our global supply chain.
Highlights of NEPA Manufacturers:
Ashley Machine & Tool
West Wyoming, PA
In the world of aerospace, safety is paramount. That’s why Ashley Machine & Tool has been a trusted partner for over 75 years. Since 1945, Ashley Machine has been a leading tool and die machine shop, serving customers like Daher Aerospace, Kaman Aerospace, Northrop Grumman, Subaru and Goodrich Aerospace. With over 50,000 square feet of production facility and a dedicated team of 43 employees, Ashley Machine is committed to producing top-quality parts that ensure the structural integrity of an aircraft. The parts Ashley Machine produces are the backbone of some of the most popular planes in the world, including the Boeing 767, 777, 777X and 787. However, Ashley Machine’s contributions go beyond just commercial planes – the company played a key role in the historic Apollo 11 mission by manufacturing lunar latch doors that helped the first humans step foot on the moon! Ashley Machine is an aerospace manufacturer that is dedicated to keeping families, military personnel and all air travelers safe in the sky.
Hydro Extrusions North America
Mountain Top, PA
Hydro Extrusions North America is a leading extruder of aluminum products producing high-tolerance aluminum extrusions and specialty components for a variety of industrial and commercial applications. Hydro is a Norwegian company with locations worldwide, including a plant in Mountain Top. You can find Hydro’s extruded aluminum tubes, multi-port extrusions and welded aluminum tubes in almost every modern car on the road today. Hydro also provides architects, metal fabricators and homeowners with a range of innovative, reliable and aesthetically pleasing aluminum systems for windows and doors. Further, Hydro offers an abundance of aluminum solutions for the energy sector from electric power chargers to oil and gas installations to industrial wind turbines. With its vast portfolio, it’s hard to go about your day and not come into contact with a Hydro product.
Mitsubishi Chemical Group
Mitsubishi Chemical Group (MCG) is a leading global manufacturer of semi-finished and consumer-ready, high-performance thermoplastics and composites. Its facility in Scranton, PA, complements the company’s other investment in PA – a plant in Reading. MCG serves customers across the aerospace, renewable energy, food and pharmaceutical sectors by retaining industry experts who expand the realm of what is possible with advanced engineered materials and the best production personnel to make products of exceptional quality. MCG offers the widest range of advanced materials on the market and works with its partners and customers to find the right thermoplastic and composite materials for the task at hand. From prototype to production, MCG’s expert product knowledge and quick access to a full range of specialist polymer solutions enable the company to bring new products to market faster. As a result of its competitive advantages, the company anticipates growth within its Pennsylvania facilities in the years ahead.
Production Systems Automation
Production Systems Automation (PSA) was established in 1985 and is a privately owned national engineering and custom manufacturing firm. With three locations in Pennsylvania, PSA offers a range of solutions for capital projects, including flexible robotic solutions, custom automated machinery, drives and controls and custom PLC projects. What’s more, PSA represents some of the most prominent global robotics OEMs, like ABB, Kawasaki, Yaskawa/Motoman and Fanuc. As a result of PSA’s commitment to its clients, the company was ranked 105 on Inc. Magazine’s List of the Northeast Region’s Fastest Growing Private Companies in March 2022!
SIMONA AMERCIA Group
Founded in 2003, SIMONA AMERICA Group provides top-quality thermoplastic sheets, rods, and welding materials that are created from PE, PP and PVC. SIMONA AMERICA also specializes in the manufacturing of semi-finished thermoplastic parts for aircraft interiors and railways. The company currently offers more than 20 product groups for mass transport applications. Throughout its work with thermoplastics, SIMONA AMERICA promotes the concept of recycling and contributing to the conservation of natural resources. Its products are perfect for a wide range of industries, including chemical processing, aviation, outdoor playgrounds, marine applications, orthopedics and prosthetics. If you ever watched the hit television series The Office, SIMONA AMERICA made the “Scranton Welcomes You” sign in the opening credits.
UnityLab, formerly known as Hoffman Pressing Machine Company, has served garment manufacturers and retail dry cleaners for over 100 years, making the company the oldest manufacturer of specialized presses in the United States. Unity’s top-of-the-line apparel presses and laundry dry cleaning presses have earned the company a reputation for quality and reliability. In addition, Unity has a line of electric boilers and generators that cater to a variety of industries, including jewelry steam cleaning, auto trim shops, medical and dental offices, tailor shops, saunas and fitness facilities.
Learn More About NEPA's Global Brands
Mark your calendars for NEPIRC’s Manufacturing Day Best Practices Summit & Expo on Friday, October 13th at Mohegan Pennsylvania. This celebration of our region’s manufacturing industry is open to everyone! Professionals can network with more than 100 exhibitors, attend educational sessions and panel discussions and hear from keynote speaker Pete Ruggiero, COO of Crayola. Students who are interested in trade careers can explore Johnson College’s Mobile Technology Lab and meet the young manufacturing professionals who are part of NEPIRC’s Manufacturing Ambassador Dream Team.
Ticket prices for professionals start at $50, and students can attend the event at a special rate of $35. Price of admission includes breakfast, lunch, all breakout sessions and panel discussions, keynote and the closing networking reception for those 21 and older. Click here for more information and to purchase tickets.