On “Jobs that Pay” Tour Governor Wolf Visits Gertrude Hawk Chocolates, Discusses Manufacturing
June 02, 2017
Dunmore, PA – Today, Governor Tom Wolf toured Gertrude Hawk Chocolates and participated in a roundtable discussion with employees focused on expanding manufacturing jobs in the commonwealth.
“Gertrude Hawk Chocolates is a great Pennsylvania business success story,” said Governor Wolf. “Talking to businesses like Gertrude Hawk about how we can help them thrive is extremely important to helping the commonwealth set the table for robust private sector growth to create and retain good jobs while strengthening the middle class.”
Gertrude Hawk Chocolates has had three manufacturing locations since 1936, all within a 10-mile radius of each other in Northeastern Pennsylvania, where the company’s signature Smidgens® have always been crafted.
Governor Wolf’s budget continues to invest in 21st century manufacturing, workforce development and training programs while also implementing new safeguards to ensure taxpayer dollars for economic development projects are spent appropriately and intended outcomes are met.
Governor Wolf plans to invest in job creation by:
- Partnering with the commonwealth’s research universities and Industrial Resource Centers to accelerate manufacturing technology advancement and adoption, foster manufacturing innovation and commercialization, and build a 21st century workforce.
- Creating a new apprenticeship grant program to ensure workers can receive training aligned to business workforce needs, funded with revenue recovered from companies that fail to live up to previous commitments made when they received state assistance.
- Investing $5 million in a manufacturing training-to-career grant program to partner with technical programs and community colleges to develop new training programs that align with their workforce needs.
Founded in 1936, Gertrude Hawk Chocolates operates over 60 retail store locations located across Pennsylvania, New York, and New Jersey and a growing e-commerce website.