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Saturday, February 20, 2010

Manufacturing Jobs Rescue Spreads To Potter Co.

Manufacturing Jobs Rescue Spreads To Potter Co.

Potter County Today

sewnA state-sponsored effort to protect manufacturing jobs has expanded to include Potter, Tioga and 11 other counties in northeastern Pennsylvania.

Goal of the Strategic Early Warning Network (SEWN) is simple: to save jobs. Confidential services to employers with 25 to 500 employees are free and broken down into five strategies:

  • Financial restructuring
  • Employee buyouts
  • Succession planning/ownership transition
  • Labor/management relations
  • Operations and cost management through technology and other adaptations.

As northcentral Pennsylvania residents can attest, manufacturing jobs are disappearing at an alarming rate. At the start of the decade, 17.3 million Americans were employed in manufacturing. By 2009, the number had dropped to just over 11.9 million.

In fiscal 2008-2009, SEWN provided layoff aversion services to 78 companies. Of these, 48 were new clients employing 1,668 people in 27 Pennsylvania counties. SEWN is sponsored by the Pa. Department of Labor and Industry. For additional information, contact Marsha S. Fay at 540-829-7850 or visit the website,


Anonymous said...

What's wrong with helping business people who employ les than 25. Check us out, there are more small business' that can use the help to keep people working.

Leo said...

Are they counting fast food in the recent manufacturing numbers? In other words, it may be worse than it shows. Recall 2004 - "The Bush administration has tried to cover up these middle class job losses by getting fast-food workers reclassified as manufacturing workers." (