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 New Business Start-ups, Relocations and Plant Openings
 Mark 1993 as Year of Recovery
 TWINSBURG, Ohio, Sept. 2 /PRNewswire/ -- Pennsylvania's manufacturing sector is on the rebound according to the state's most comprehensive manufacturing database, compiled and published by Harris Publishing Company of Twinsburg, Ohio, in cooperation with the Department of Commerce, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The new database, available in diskette, CD-ROM, print directory and mailing labels, shows the state's efforts to cultivate a business climate that promotes expansion and development is paying off.
 "During recent interviews to compile the Pennsylvania database, executives in sectors ranging from chemicals manufacturing to producers of apparel and textile products, are saying that the future looks brighter than it has in years," said Robert Harris, the publisher's president. "Our research indicates a substantial increase in new manufacturing companies as well as existing firms that are expanding. Entrepreneurial spirit is on the rebound. For instance, of the 18,824 manufacturing companies in the state, 655 firms are new to our database. These include new plant openings, relocations, and businesses just established in the past twelve months. In addition, there were 50 percent fewer businesses that closed their doors than last year, indicating further stabilization."
 Governor Robert Casey agrees. "The 1994 Harris Industrial Directory report on Pennsylvania is strong evidence of a healthy and competitive business climate in the state. In Pennsylvania, we go the extra mile to bring new business here at the same time we do everything in our power to sustain the competitive position of companies we already have. The new directory tells us what we're doing produces results. And it intensifies our resolve to keep moving aggressively down this track."
 One reason for these positive results may be the state's Economic Development Partnership Program, which has brought together the best minds in business, academic and government to chart a long-range course for growth. This innovative program, a part of the Governor's Response Team, has helped fuel a statewide revolution in high technology. (The team will tailor finance and incentive packages to meet the individual needs of each company and can line up technical assistance for firms, help firms obtain permits, establish links to major research universities and help businesses access support systems, employee recruitment assistance, and worker training programs.) In fact, the state's high tech sector is growing at twice the rate of the national average.
 Pennsylvania has many strengths, according to The Corporation for Enterprise Development, which publishes an annual Report Card for the States. The 1993 edition gave it a "B" in business vitality due to a robust traded sector -- firms that export goods and services outside the state -- low business failures, moderate capital investment, and a dynamic and well diversified economic base. It was also awarded a "B" in overall development capacity because of first-rate financial resources and good technology resources due to particularly strong commercial loan activity.
 According to Harris, the companies that manufacture rubber and plastic products are key industries in the state, showing a 5.4 percent increase in employment over the past 12 months. In 1992 there were 41,988 workers in this sector, compared to 44,255 workers in 1993.
 One such company is Kyowa America Corporation. The Costa Mesa, Calif., firm selected Waynesburg, Pa., as the site for their new assembly plant in the fall of 1992. Lured by state-backed loans, the company employs 40 workers in its plastic custom injection molding plant to supply Sony Corporation's new television plant in Westmoreland County. Within five years the facility is expected to provide 350 jobs.
 Another area of employment strength, which grew by 4.6 percent over the last twelve months, is the major group of establishments producing basic chemicals. These companies produce everything from synthetic fibers, drugs, cosmetics, paints, and fertilizers, to soaps and explosives. In 1992 there were 67,087 workers in this sector, today there are 70,200 employees collecting paychecks from these plants.
 Companies engaged in manufacturing glass products, cement, pottery, concrete, and numerous other products from materials taken principally from the earth in the form of stone, clay, and sand, accounted for a 2.6 percent increase in employment over the past year. In 1992, 48,815 of the state's workers were employed in this sector, while 1993 can boast 50,096 workers.
 The industries that manufacture paper and related paper products grew 1.6 percent from 42,995 employees in 1992 to 43,693 in 1993. Furniture and fixtures employment jumped slightly over 1 percent with 21,466 workers in 1992 compared to 21,686 in 1993. And textile mill products employment grew a modest .9 percent, from 25,757 employees in 1992 to 25,980 in 1993.
 Harris says the reasons for expansion into Pennsylvania vary as much as the companies themselves. Eastern Sleep Products Company, under its Symbol Mattress trade name, opened its 40,000-square-foot plant in Reading in the summer of 1992. "The main reasons for choosing to locate in Pennsylvania were to improve customer service and to decrease operating costs," explains E. B. Walthall, general manager for the company. "Our Richmond, Virginia, plant was shipping eight to 10 tractor trailer loads to the Philadelphia area every week," he adds. "In addition to that, we wanted to increase our market share in the area. A move seemed the obvious answer. We're presently producing 600 pieces of bedding a day and employ 30 people. Our goal is to increase that number to 45 next year. Our operating costs have remained the same, but by being so close to our customers, we've been able to decrease our transportation costs."
 Fran Carlsen, editorial manager for Harris, keeps track of Pennsylvania's manufacturing sector. "Our editorial staff compiled some interesting data for the 1994 edition of the Harris Pennsylvania Industrial Database," says Carlsen. "This is the key information that's essential for sales and marketing professionals who want to stay ahead of the competition. For example, we list a total of 49,377 executives in the state. Of these, 3,974 are new. A full 2,314 of them moved up or down the corporate ladder and their titles changed accordingly. Over 5,600 have been deleted since last year. There are dozens of reasons for these deletions. Executives move from company to company. Some are transferred out of state. Some retire. A few are deceased. Nearly 800 manufacturers changed the names of their companies. There are 326 companies that changed their telephone numbers and 815 establishments either changed their fax numbers or put in a fax machine for the first time. And these are just a few of the changes!"
 Asked why the turn-around in Pennsylvania's manufacturing sector is happening, Harris thinks results start at the top. "When Governor Casey instituted his Response Team, things began to take shape," he answers. "In my opinion, this inter-agency is a big factor in creating and preserving job opportunities in Pennsylvania. It is the single point of contact for businesses interested in the Commonwealth, quickly connecting firms with the responses they need."
 For more information on the Pennsylvania manufacturing database call 800-888-5900.
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 /CONTACT: Barbara Brouse of Harris Publishing Company, 800-888-5900 or fax 800-643-5997/

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