Two regional manufacturing leaders - Shane Weyant, President and CEO of Creative Pultrusions, Inc. and Marcus Annicelli, Vice President of SelecTrim Corp. (dba) The James Wood Company - traveled with IMC, Inc. to Washington, DC March 6 & 7 to advocate in support of the NISTManufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) program during the annual Hill Day Initiative. Alan Gehringer, Executive Director and Russ Lawrence, Senior Business Advisor represented IMC, Inc.
MEP is a catalyst for strengthening American manufacturing – accelerating its ongoing transformation into a more efficient and powerful engine of innovation driving economic growth and job creation. IMC is one of over 60 MEP Centers across the U.S. and Puerto Rico.
Hill Day consisted of meetings with each region’s congressional delegates in the House and Senate office buildings to discuss manufacturing and the important role that IMC and the MEP network play in assisting small to mid-sized U.S. manufacturers.
IMC’s Hill Day Team met with Congressman Tom Marino and his aide, aides from Congressmen Glenn Thompson and Bill Shuster’s offices, and aides from Senators Pat Toomey and Bob Casey’s offices. Weyant and Annicelli shared their experiences and benefits received by working with IMC.
Annicelli said, “Having the opportunity to meet personally with the Senators and Staffers on Capitol Hill with the IMC folks, along with other business leaders, was an educational event and investment surely that will pay off for both business and government leaders.”
The MEP program is a powerful economic driver in the support of U.S. manufacturing. In 2010 alone MEP was the catalyst of:
The creation and retention of 60,497 jobs
A boost of $32 to the American economy for every dollar invested into the MEP
$3.6 billion in new sales for U.S. manufacturers
$1.9 billion in new investments for U.S. manufacturers
Since 1988, IMC has been delivering key business strategies and solutions to progressive manufacturers located in a 12-county region of Central Pennsylvania. IMC strives to enhance manufacturers’ competitive performance by assisting them with regional, state and national resources. IMC is also an affiliate of the U.S. Department of Commerce, NIST Manufacturing Extension Partnership and supported by the Pennsylvania Department of Community & Economic Development through the Industrial Resource Center program.
For more information visit IMC at http://www.IMCpa.com or contact Lauri Moon, Marketing & Events Coordinator at 329-3200 x8085, laurim(at)imcpa(dot)com.