Manufacturing Day Post Card_eletronicThe Greater Reading Economic Partnership’s Careers in Two Years program will be taking part in a new event this fall.

In order to promote training and careers in the manufacturing industry, GREP will be conducting its first annual Berks Manufacturing Day on Oct. 3.

Manufacturing Day has been celebrated nationwide, though this is the first year it will be observed in Berks.

Deb Heffner, GREP’s economic development coordinator, said the day is a great opportunity for area manufacturers to recruit future workers.”

We constantly hear from manufacturers in Berks that it’s a challenge to find skilled workers,” Heffner said. “We can help them by educating the public about the opportunities with manufacturing in Berks.”

Employ 30,000 workers

Heffner said there are more than 500 manufacturers in Berks that employ more than 30,000 workers.

Heffner noted that the average salary is $55,000 per year, which, she said, is “life and family sustaining.”

Companies are looking for employees, as older workers are nearing retirement. Heffner said that 54 percent of manufacturing workers in Berks are 55 or older.”

There’s a big gap coming up,” she said.

At RACC Schmidt Center

The program will be conducted from 8 a.m. until noon at Reading Area Community College’s Schmidt Training and Technology Center. It will feature:

A meet and greet from 8 to 11 a.m., featuring more than 20 manufacturing companies and training facilities, such as the Berks Career & Technology Center, Reading Muhlenberg Career & Technology Center and RACC’s Schmidt Training and Technology Center.

Facility tours from 9:30 a.m. to noon. Companies participating include American Crane & Equipment Corp., Brentwood Industries Inc., Cambridge Lee Industries LLC, Remcon Plastics Inc. and East Penn Manufacturing.”

We’re glad they’re opening their doors so people can see what today’s manufacturing looks like,” Heffner said.

The event is free and open to the public. Registration is required by Sept. 26 and online only at

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