A ladle of molten iron is poured into a Basic Oxygen Process (BOP) furnace at U. S. Steel's Granite City Works, where it will be transformed into liquid steel. U.S. Steel's Mon Valley Works is Pennsylvania's ninth-largest manufacturing company based on number of employees. (Image courtesy of US Steel Corp)
For those looking to do business with Pennsylvania manufacturers, it helps to have a solid grasp of the state’s manufacturing climate, particularly in these fast-changing times.
Today we’re focusing on some key insights on Pennsylvania’s manufacturing sector and providing a look at the state’s top companies.
According to industrial data provider MNI, Pennsylvania is currently home to 13,511 manufacturers employing 710,372 workers.
MNI reports there are 53,105 executive contacts among Pennsylvania’s industrial companies, including 8,203 presidents, 4,723 owners and partners; 4,851 vice-presidents and 5,700 sales, marketing and purchasing executives.
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3% percent of Pennsylvania’s manufacturing companies are women-owned, according to MNI. This is slightly ahead of the U.S. as a whole, with 2% of manufacturers owned by women.
Other facts to know about Pennsylvania manufacturers, based on advanced criteria available to IndustrySelect subscribers:
• 8% are publicly owned companies
• 13% import raw materials
• 26% distribute their products internationally
Food processing ranks as the state’s largest industrial sector by number of jobs, employing 90,556. Industrial machinery ranks second, with 87,647 workers, while third-ranked fabricated metals accounts for 81,287. Other top industries in Pennsylvania include chemicals; plastics/rubber and electronics.
Philadelphia is the state’s largest industrial city home to 637 manufacturers and 32,572 workers. Pittsburg is a close second with 560 factories employing 28,444. Other top cities in Pennsylvania include:
• York (21,562 jobs)
• Erie (14,416 jobs)
• Lancaster (13,993 jobs)
• Allentown (13,416)
• Reading (9,785 jobs)
Pennsylvania’s top manufacturers are representative of the state’s robust and varied industrial economy, home to key players in the defense, pharmaceutical and steel industries. Next, we’ll take a look at the state’s largest companies, measured by number of employees on site.
|Merck & Co., Inc.||9,500||West Point||PA|
|East Penn Manufacturing Co.||7,800||Lyon Station||PA|
|Boeing Defense, Space & Security||5,200||Ridley Park||PA|
|Air Products & Chemicals, Inc.||3,500||Allentown||PA|
|Endo Pharmaceuticals, Inc.||3,500||Malvern||PA|
|Westinghouse Electric Co., LLC||3,400||Cranberry Township||PA|
|Sanofi Pasteur, Inc.||3,000||Swiftwater||PA|
|SAP America, Inc.||3,000||Newtown Square||PA|
|Mack Trucks, Inc.||2,800||Macungie||PA|
|US Steel Corp., Mon Valley Works||2,800||West Mifflin||PA|
|Allan Myers, Inc.||2,000||Worcester||PA|
1. Merck & Co., Inc. (West Point, PA)
Pharmaceutical giant Merck & Co.’s sprawling West Point, PA plant is home to 9,500 employees – the company’s largest manufacturing site. Workers and researchers there make and test pharmaceuticals, vaccines and biological products.
2. East Penn Mfg. Co. (Lyon Station, PA)
East Penn Mfg Co. is the second-largest manufacturing company in the state of Pennsylvania. This family-owned company employs 7,000 at its Lyon Station facility where it produces all types of batteries and related accessories for the automotive, marine, commercial and industrial markets.
3. Boeing Defense, Space and Security (Ridley Park, PA)
This massive Boeing campus in Ridley Park employs 5,200 workers, making it the state’s third-largest industrial facility. The company produces helicopters at this three million square foot facility, including the Chinook, Sea Knight, V-22 Osprey, and R A H Comanche.
4. Air Products & Chemicals, Inc. (Allentown, PA)
Air Products & Chemicals produces industrial gases, equipment and intermediate chemicals and operates internationally, with facilities in 50 countries and employing 17,000 worldwide. 3,500 work at the Allentown site, which serves as the company’s headquarters.
5. Endo Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (Malvern, PA)
This Malvern site serves as Endo Pharmaceutical’s U.S. headquarters, home to 3,500. Endo Pharmaceuticals produces a wide range of pharmaceuticals, including Percocet®; Percodan and Lidoderm.
6. Westinghouse Electric Co., LLC (Cranberry Township)
Coming in at seventh place is Westinghouse Electric’s Cranberry Township plant, where their 3,400 employees produce instrumentation and control systems for nuclear power plants.
Westinghouse prides itself on its innovation and dedication to leading the nuclear industry.
7. Sanofi Pasteur (Swiftwater, PA)
Sanofi Pasteur is the vaccine wing of pharmaceutical giant Sanofi, home to 3,000 employees. The company produces vaccines and biological products at this 350,000 square foot plant, including influenza vaccines.
Like many other vaccine makers, the company is active in pursuing vaccines, test and treatments for the COVID-19 virus.
8. Mack Trucks (Macugnie, PA)
Encompassing a 1.2 million square-foot facility in Macugnie, this location serves as Mack Trucks’ cab and vehicle assembly plant, which features three cab and two chassis assembly lines. With 2,800 workers, it is among Pennsylvania’s largest industrial employers.
9. U. S. Steel Corp., Mon Valley Works (West Mifflin)
A major steelmaking operation, this U.S. Steel site in the Pittsburgh suburb of West Mifflin employs 2,800. In 2019, the company announce it would be investing one billion dollars in the facility to construct a new casting and rolling operation, expected to be up and running by 2022.
U.S. Steel is among the nation’s oldest manufacturers, established in 1901 with Andrew Carnegie and J.P. Morgan among its founders. The Mon Valley Works site was founded in 1937.
10. Allan Myers, Inc. (Worcester, PA)
Allan Myers is a major construction industry supplier, providing construction aggregates, including stone, limestone, and asphalt mixtures.
Established in 1939, Allan Meyers, Inc. started out as a father- and-son team who sold six of their dairy cows during the Great Depression to fund the down payment on their first piece of equipment: a 1939 Ford dump truck.
Today, 2,000 employees report to work at its Worcester facility.
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Editor's Note: This article was original published in July 2020. It is updated annually to reflect new statistics and trends.