The Central Pennsylvania Workforce

In Central Pennsylvania, our skilled workforce is ready to be a part of your business success. We pride ourselves on a strong work ethic sought after by many national and international companies. Innovation and entrepreneurship characterize the spirit of both our businesses and the workforce that drives their success. For Workforce and other data, please visit Focus Prospector to access current information.


#IMakeInPA offers a behind-the-scenes look at the experiences of real Pennsylvanians working in manufacturing. Check out the #IMakeinPA profiles below to read about those who have found personal fulfillment and success in manufacturing, and see the diverse and exciting career paths they have pursued. Their stories are a testament to how broad and varied manufacturing work can be, and how it enables many to realize their dream of making — whether it’s practical, artistic, or revolutionary.

Jason Francis

Jason Francis – Operations Manager

I was initially hired as a laborer on first shift, painting in the foam molding department. Over the years, I’ve been involved in just about every aspect of our production — from research and development and hands-on manufacturing. [Read More]

Andrew Fish

Andrew Fish – Process Engineer

As a process engineer, I take products from a model and a tool design to a physical part using the powdered metal injection molding process. I have wanted to be an engineer since I was a freshman in high school. [Read More]

Maryland Banks

Maryland Banks – Operator I

I’ve been working at this position for approximately 4 ½ years. My typical day at work is fun, energetic, and productive while maintaining a professional attitude and relationships with other employees; [Read More]

Zach Donley

Zach Donley – Engine Assembler

I have been in my current role for about five years, and was just recently promoted. There is always room to grow and improve in manufacturing roles, and I enjoy being able to learn and grow my skillsets daily. [Read More]

Tyler Peachey

Tyler Peachey – Painter

Currently, I sandblast parts and whole goods — also paint parts and whole goods. I love seeing my vision of artistic work as a finished product. [Read More]

Tyler McCoy

Tyler McCoy – Manufacturing Engineer

A good friend of mine talked me into switching my career path to Manufacturing Engineering after my third year of studying Civil Engineering. I couldn’t have made a better decision. A typical day is hectic and exciting. You never know what a day of work is going to bring you. [Read More]

Michael Downs

Michael Downs – Trainer

I got into this career after I had moved into the area and started to look for potential places of employment. Sekisui came to me highly recommended. Even though I have not been in my current position very long, I would describe it as challenging and enjoyable. [Read More]

Lucas Allen

Lucas Allen – AppLab™ Specialist, Building Products Market

After 15 years in the construction industry as a carpenter, seven of those being self-employed, I decided to search for a job that provided a level of pay, benefits, and job security that would allow me to better provide for my family. SEKISUI SPI offered [Read More]

Lance Spotts

Lance Spotts – Tool Designer

I have been working for nine years as a Tool Designer. What I love most about my job is learning new technology. The industry is advancing at a rapid pace. New software, fixturing, cutting tools and machinery are becoming available daily. [Read More]

Kevin Baker

Kevin Baker – VP of Engineering/Sales/Service

I was raised around tools and equipment, and have always had a passion to solve problems through design. I did product design (engineer) before becoming VP of Engineering/ Sales/ Service. [Read More]

kent Engle

Kent Engle – Marketing Coordinator

I coordinate advertising and marketing efforts and budget planning. I do a lot of photography, graphic design, and ad creation, as well as big-picture decision-making about the best way to promote the products we manufacture. [Read More]

Emmy Ritt

Emmy Ritt – Engine Assembler

I am an engine assembler on the production line, and I have been in my current role for about six weeks. As a new hire, I am eager to learn as much as possible about my role, the company, and manufacturing. Every day, I have the opportunity to learn new tasks and improve upon the tasks I have previously learned. [Read More]

Corey Eberhart

Corey Eberhart – Service Tech

I grew up working on farms and was familiar with the equipment we manufacture. I began at Pik Rite as an assembler four years ago, and over the past three years I became a service technician. [Read More]


Cherrish Funk – Engine Assembler

I applied here at Lycoming Engines because it was strongly related to the field I wanted to work in and make a career out of. What I love most about my job is I learn very quickly, so I have been able to learn a lot about the trim line in a very short amount of time. [Read More]

Adam Hockenbrock

Adam Hockenbrock – Welder/Assembler

I went to Penn College of Technology for welding, and came here in my last year of school to work in welding. I have been building and assembling vacuum tanks for five years. [Read More]

John Courtney

John Courtney – Snowboard and Ski Shaper

John Courtney Occupation: Snowboard and Ski Shaper Industry: Snowsports Manufacturing Employer: Gilson Snowboard and Ski Co. City Where You Work: Winfield, PA Age: 24 Please tell us about what do you do and how long you have been doing it. I have been working with [Read More]

Carmen Malt – Quality Technician
I have been with Sekisui SPI for more than 5 years and have continued to grow within this company. The reason I love doing my job as much as I do, is here at Sekisui SPI they believe in in-house advancement. If you come to work every day and do your job to the best of your abilities, you can be promoted to [Read More]

Manufacturing Wages in Central Pennsylvania

Current details on wage rates for multiple manufacturing occupation codes by County, Region and State can be found in this document. Average Hourly Wage for  Helpers-Production Workers in the Region is $12.77 [SOC: 51-9198]

Population Commuting Patterns

Residents of the Central Pennsylvania region have always traveled across municipal boundaries to work, live, shop and play. Our population commutes an average of 22 minutes on our accessible, congestion-free roads.

Click here to view 2013-2015 commuting patterns.

Training Your Workforce in Pennsylvania

Technical and training support is available from the many education and learning assets of the region, including: