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September 07, 2023
Manufacturing Series Part 3: Meet NEPA’s Top Industrial Producers
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National Manufacturing Week, observed October 6-13 this year, showcases the potential of modern manufacturing while fostering interest in manufacturing careers. We’ve partnered with Northeastern Pennsylvania Industrial Resource Center (NEPIRC) to highlight manufacturers right here in NEPA. The culmination of the six-part blog series is Manufacturing Day, a one-day event showcasing made-in-PA products.

Global Brands with a NEPA Connection

To continue the countdown to NEPIRC’s Manufacturing Day event, where our regional manufacturers and their suppliers come together to celebrate the industry’s contributions and achievements, we’re highlighting seven more Northeastern Pennsylvania manufacturers and their products, which are used by consumers worldwide.

Highlights of NEPA Manufacturers
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CANPACK

Olyphant, PA

CANPACK is among the nation’s leading producers of aluminum beverage cans. In fact, you probably have some of their cans in your home or office building right now! While the company has more than 28 production facilities in 19 different countries, their plant in Olyphant is one of their proudest achievements. CANPACK’s Olyphant facility makes uniquely-shaped, textured and decorated aluminum cans and a multitude of openings and lids – so customers can create a unique user experience for the end buyers of their products. Their catalogue even includes cans that change colors when exposed to sunlight, blacklight, different temperatures and different environments. Plus, CANPACK recycles more than 95% of its aluminum – making it a very green company! If you’ve ever enjoyed Monster Energy Drink, Arizona Iced Tea, BANG Energy Drink, Mountain Dew or Bubly Sparkling Water, you’ve enjoyed a CANPACK product!

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CornellCookson

Mountain Top, PA

When stores, arenas, airports, hospitals, hotels, museums and other large-venue and public facilities must secure their assets and close up for the night – thousands worldwide choose a CornellCookson rolling door to provide the security and safety they need. CornellCookson’s Mountain Top facility manufactures rolling doors, grille doors, and custom closure solutions for worldwide customers and facilities that need reliability, life safety, asset production and visual appeal. In 2001, CornellCookson opened its 188,000-square-foot state-of-the-art production facility in Mountain Top and had been growing ever since. The company was honored with the 2022 Platinum ‘ASTORS’ Homeland Security Award for Best Fire and Safety System for its SmokeShield Fabric Smoke and Fire product. In recent years, the Cornell group has added innovative technologies to its doors, creating true “smart” environments for their clients. When you walk through your favorite arena, airport or public space, look up and behind you as you cross through a doorway or main entrance – chances are, CornellCookson has your back!

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Gentex Corporation

Carbondale, PA

When it comes to protecting our warfighters, Northeastern Pennsylvania manufacturers lead the way. For more than 125 years, Gentex Corporation has been dedicated to excellence in protecting and improving the situational awareness of our nation’s global defense forces, emergency responders and industrial personnel operating in high-performance environments. The company’s product line includes helmet system platforms and capability upgrades sold under the Gentex, Ops-Core, ALPHA and ARGUS brands as well as Pureflo industrial respiratory systems. Together, these products serve ground troops, rotary and fixed aircraft military personnel, police and defense forces, industrial personnel and other mission-critical positions across the globe.

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JAM Works

Mayfield, PA

JAM Works is a renowned automation and industrial equipment provider to leading manufacturers worldwide. Their capabilities include mechanical, electrical and robotic engineering, design, programming, wiring, safety development, painting, powder coating, fabrication, testing, prototyping, 3D scanning and printing, welding, passivation and laser engraving. Since 2010, JAM Works has been an authorized Fanuc Robotics exclusive system integrator, providing intelligent products with dual check safety, force sensing, vision and line tracking. JAM Works received the Fanuc Robotics Sales Leadership Growth Awards in 2013, 2018 and 2021 and is a veteran-owned and operated business.

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McGregor Industries

Dunmore, PA

If you’ve walked throughout the University of Scranton Campus Center, attended a concert at the Hershey Arena, visited Mohegan Pennsylvania or Mount Airy Resort, flown into the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton International Airport or toured the Commonwealth Medical College, you’ve enjoyed a structure fabricated and erected by McGregor Industries. Founded in 1919, McGregor Industries operates a niche specialty business. Originally founded in the midst of Northeastern Pennsylvania’s coal and steel industry, McGregor built its reputation as the company that could do anything with steel. Today, McGregor fabricates and installs steel stair systems, walkways, structural components, ornamental metals and other components for buildings, artistic projects, and anything requiring the cutting, bending, welding and finishing of metal. The business has remained in the McGregor family for three generations and recently expanded its footprint in Dunmore.

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MetalKraft Industries

Wellsboro, PA

MetalKraft Industries is a family-owned and operated company that has been in business since 1983. MetalKraft specializes in producing gears, sprockets, bearings, ratchets, flame arrestors and custom structural items using the latest powdered metal processes. In addition, MetalKraft offers surface treatments, heat treatment, plating and custom packaging services. The company has a unique and advanced method of creating precision metal parts and caters to a wide variety of industries, including automotive, lawn and garden, recreational and outdoors, commercial, electronics, agriculture, lighting and medical fields. Ever wonder what makes your lawn equipment or snow thrower start with the pull of a cord or makes your truck tailgate go up and down automatically – it very well may be MetalKraft gear inside!

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Pride Mobility Products

Duryea, PA

Helping individuals and families adjust to a mobility-limiting injury or ailment with comfort, compassion, dignity and a focus on quality of life is an important and intimate mission. Pride Mobility Products is a renowned manufacturer that designs and produces mobility products that include popular brands like Jazzy® Power Chairs, Go-Go Travel Mobility Scooters, Pride Mobility Scooters and Pride Power Lift Recliners. The company is headquartered in Duryea and operates in 27 countries across the globe. Pride Mobility Products offers over 50 top-quality products that are expertly designed and tested to help customers achieve their mobility goals and enhance their quality of life.

Mark your calendar for October 13th

Attend NEPIRC’s Manufacturing Day Best Practices Summit & Expo to meet the companies featured in this blog series. The event takes place from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Mohegan Pennsylvania Casino & Convention Center on Route 315 in Wilkes-Barre. You’ll get to network with over 100 exhibitors while enjoying product demonstrations and learning more about the products made locally. Attendees can also participate in educational breakout sessions, hear from keynote speaker Pete Ruggiero from Crayola, sit in on panel discussions on leadership and cybersecurity and more. Ticket prices begin at $50. Click here to purchase and for more information.