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Governor's manufacturing council to present plan recommendations today

By , - Last modified: August 21, 2012 at 10:57 AM

Initial report

The events include a 2 p.m. presentation at McClarin Plastics Inc., a molded plastic manufacturer in Penn Township, York County, that's been instrumental in making parts for wind turbines.

The presenters at the midstate event are state Education Secretary Ron Tomalis and McClarin CEO Todd Kennedy, who has in the past been highly involved with manufacturing workforce training initiatives. It's expected the two will talk about the council's recommendations for education and training that will improve the manufacturing workforce.

Manufacturers and trade groups have said this year that finding skilled workers is a challenge, even with high unemployment rates.

"We hear from a lot of our clients that they cannot find people with the right skill set to fill open positions. The council members crafted recommendations concerning the need for a talented and educated workforce that are broad-based and offer practical solutions," said John Lloyd, president and CEO of Mantec Inc., a York-based manufacturing resource center that helps companies modernize their operations and expand their markets.

Other announcement events around the state will be:

Lehigh Valley: 1:30 p.m. at Westport Axle, 650 Boulder Drive, Breinigsville. Presenters will be Corbett and Carlos M. Cardoso, president and CEO of Kennametal Inc.

Southeast: 3 p.m. at Edison/Fareira High School Welding Facility, 151 W. Luzerne St., Philadelphia. Presenters will be Julia K. Hearthway, secretary of the state Department of Labor & Industry; and Mike Pearson, CEO of Union Packaging.

Southwest: 3 p.m. at Mon Valley Works Training Hub, 1 S. Linden St., Duquesne. Presenter will be C. Alan Walker, secretary of the state Department of Community & Economic Development; and Mike Williams, senior vice president of U.S. Steel.

Council members have been meeting for six months to discuss ways to strengthen the manufacturing industry and boost the state's economy, according to Team PA Foundation's website. The foundation was tagged by Corbett to lead the council's work.

For live updates from the presentation at McClarin, follow reporter Jim Ryan on Twitter, @JimTRyanCPBJ, or check back on this story starting at 2 p.m.

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