DCED staff along with members of the DRIVE board and local officials will be touring two manufacturers in Columbia & Montour Counties. US Gypsum in Washingtonville and SEKISUI SPI in Bloomsburg are innovating companies making a difference in our community. Check back for photos and details about Pennsylvania Manufacturing Week September 30 – October 6!
SEKISUI SPI of Bloomsburg hosted several DRIVE board members as well as state economic development officials for an Open House on October 3, during PA Manufacturing Week. Here, Sekisui president Ronn Cort (center) and one of the manufacturing company’s employees (left) describe some of the processes used to produce the polymer panels that are later sold in the aviation interiors, mass transit, and medical devices markets
Cort says that locating in central Pennsylvania is extremely advantageous due to the high quality workforce. The innovative company recently built an expansion to their south campus (on Route 11 in Bloomsburg) and expects to hire a minimum of 100 additional employees within a few years.
USG (U.S. Gypsum Company) in Washingtonville hosted a tour of its facilities on October 4 as part of PA Manufacturing Week. USG has more than 30 manufacturing facilities in the United States, and has many international locations. They are currently investing $8 million to expand the amount of storage space at the Washingtonville plant. DRIVE executive director Jennifer Wakeman attended the tour, as did several DCED officials and other representatives of regional economic development groups.