On ‘Jobs That Pay’ Tour, Governor Wolf Discusses Manufacturing Growth with Versatex Employees
May 25, 2017
Aliquippa, PA – Governor Wolf today toured Versatex Building Products, a manufacturer of exterior moulding pieces for the home, and participated in a roundtable discussion with employees focused on expanding manufacturing jobs in the commonwealth.
“Versatex has shown great leadership in building its manufacturing operations through innovation,” Governor Wolf said. “This has allowed them to create new, good-paying jobs and contribute to Pennsylvania’s economy. My administration continues to invest in initiatives that help companies like Versatex build their workforce.”
In 2015, Vesatex was approved for Enterprise Zone Tax Credits through the Neighborhood Assistance Program. Today, Versatex has 91 employees in Aliquippa and has raised the starting wage to $14 per hour.
“We are honored to host Governor Wolf to discuss the issues that are important to our employees and community as well as our ideas to grow manufacturing in western Pennsylvania,” said John Pace, President and CEO of Versatex. “The market we serve — new construction and remodeling — has faced some challenges in the past decade, but through it all we’ve been able to remain stable, invest in our future, and build a solid relationship with our community.”
Governor Wolf, since taking office, has visited over 70 businesses, talking with company owners and workers about what the commonwealth can do to help them thrive. In this year’s budget, the governor remains committed to continuing to grow our economy and create jobs by investing 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.
Over the last two years, the Wolf Administration has secured over $2 billion in private sector investments in the commonwealth and commitments for the creation and retention of over 200,000 full-time jobs. The governor has also worked to increase the number of residents with college degrees and high-value industry-recognized credentials, and to expand economic opportunities for residents and businesses while fighting for a minimum wage increase.
Versatex Building Products, LLC was was founded in 2003, and manufacturers trim, fascia, soffit, and decorative exterior moulding pieces for homes. Vesatex is a leader in this market and has recent expanded distribution to include the Midwest, the Gulf Coast, and Canada.
For more information on Versatex, visit www.versatex.com.