On “Jobs that Pay” Tour in Lancaster, Governor Wolf Hosts Roundtable Discussion on Budget Investment in Pennsylvania’s Economy

March 09, 2017

Lancaster, PA – Today, Governor Wolf toured High Steel Structures LLC in Lancaster and hosted a roundtable discussion with employees and local leaders focused on budget initiatives that will support a new way for Pennsylvania’s economy through job creation and workforce development initiatives. While on site, the company introduced attendees to its pilot training program for welders and painters, High Steel University.

“I’ve traveled the commonwealth to talk to business about how we can help them thrive and the importance of having a trained workforce continues to be among the top concerns with employers,” said Governor Tom Wolf. “Research continues to demonstrate the value apprenticeship and other workforce training programs have in providing workers the opportunity to learn skills necessary to succeed in our modern economy. I applaud High Steel for its commitment to investing in training Pennsylvania workers.”

High Steel Structures LLC has manufactured infrastructure welding products since 1931 when it was founded in Lancaster as High Welding. Working with local high school and post-secondary career and technical schools, including Thaddeus Stevens, High recently launched a pilot program to train welders to develop a pipeline of skilled workers.

“It was an honor to host Governor Wolf and provide an up close and personal look at how we’re investing in Pennsylvania talent through our best-in-class workforce development programs,” said Mike Shirk, CEO, High Companies.  “That investment is helping to build the infrastructure for the U.S. and the great state of Pennsylvania.”

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 on investing 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.


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