Pennsylvania has always been a leader in U.S. manufacturing and it’s no surprise that we are home to some of the most recognizable and lasting brands in the country. Our culture of fostering imagination and innovation, combined with our legendary can-do spirit drives our entrepreneurs and businesses to continue to create new products, develop cutting-edge technologies, and find ways to work smarter.
We have always been makers, inventors, and pioneers. From artisans to automation – Pennsylvania’s manufacturing offers something for everyone, serving up the latest innovative ideas and well-crafted products. Curious about what manufacturers are making in Pennsylvania? Here are just a few companies who can proudly say that that their products are #MadeinPA.
Founded in 2013 by Nicholas Gilson, Austin Royer and Adam Vanderhyden, Gilson Boards is based in Winfield, operating from the Gilson
Snowboard Farm in the Appalachian foothills. The artisan snowboard manufacturing company locally sources its hardwoods from sustainably
harvested poplar trees just 15 minutes from the snowboard farm. The company prides itself on building high-quality snowboards for men and women.
As the oldest ice cream company in the United States, Bassetts holds a special place in the hearts of ice cream lovers in Pennsylvania and
abroad. Originally started in 1861 in Philadelphia, Bassetts ice cream is still made in Pennsylvania and sold at the company’s retail store
in the Reading Terminal Market, as well as at independent dipping parlors, restaurants, and country clubs, and retirement communities – as
well as in China and South Korea. In July 2017, Bassetts Ice Cream opened its first store in South Korea, and has plans to open 15 more
stores in the country by the end of the year.
A global contract pharmaceutical development and manufacturing company, Almac Group has a strong Pennsylvania presence in both Souderton and Lansdale, PA. In addition to being the home of Almac’s U.S. headquarters, the facilities in Pennsylvania offer clinical packaging, drug supply management, and technology solutions to clients in the pharmaceutical and biotech industries. A recent expansion announced in November 2016 will result in the company’s Pennsylvania job count from increasing from 1,100 employees to more than 1,400.
Originally from Austria, Greiner Packaging has its U.S. headquarters in Pittston, PA. As a leading plastics manufacturer serving both the food and non-food sectors, Greiner makes specialty packaging and containers. Its facility in Pennsylvania focuses on in-mold labeling, direct print technologies, and K3 technology which uses a cardboard-plastics combination. In Pittston, Greiner packages a variety of food products, including yogurt from Danone and WhiteWave Foods – as well as smaller dairies.
Best known for their flagship tongue and groove pliers – but manufacturing more than 140 types of hand tools with iconic blue handles – Channellock is headquartered in Meadville, PA. Founded in 1886 by George B. DeArment, the DeArment family still runs the business five generations later and proudly claims its products are fiercely made in Meadville. Channellock currently has more than 350 full-time employees in two facilities, which serve its 4,000+ U.S. wholesale and retail customers, as well as international customers in 45 countries.
A manufacturer of military combat vehicles, BAE delivers a full range of products and services for air, land, and naval forces, as well as advanced electronics, security, information technology solutions, and customer support services. For more than 50 years, its Pennsylvania workforce has supported the U.S. Armed Forces by designing, developing, manufacturing, and supporting the combat vehicles and artillery systems. In 2017, BAE announced that it would continue its legacy in Pennsylvania by expanding its operations in York County, and creating 530 new, full-time jobs in order to increase its manufacturing capacity.
The Schott North America Advanced Optics plant has been operating in Duryea, located in northeast PA, since 1969. Primarily a glass melting and finishing operation, Schott makes very high technology glasses used in laser and infrared applications, as well as many specialty glasses that get used in semiconductor manufacturing. Its products’ applications span a wide range of industries, including: optics, lithography, astronomy, opto-electronics, architecture, life sciences, and research.
Using a patented process for bonding stainless steel and aluminum he developed using his background as a talented metallurgist, John Ulam established All-Clad Metalcrafters in 1971 to create professional quality cookware. Located in Canonsburg, PA the company uses American-made steel in its products, which are widely sought after by the world’s top chefs and passionate home cooks.
Headquartered in Easton, Crayola has been inspiring artistic creativity in children since its first crayons rolled off the assembly line in 1903. Originally started when two cousins took over a family pigment business in 1885, Crayola has since become a household name — prompting the company to change its name from Binney & Smith to Crayola in 2007. Today, the company produces nearly three billion crayons a year, employs 1,500 and has facilities across the globe.
Operating out of Bethlehem, Soltech Solutions develops green, energy-efficient products that can enhance daily life. From planting newbies to green thumbs, Soltech’s Aspect LED grow light can turn anyone into a garden guru, providing plants with the required light to grow inside a home. A passionate team of three entrepreneurs designs and manufactures Soltech’s product lines with the mission of helping people live healthier and happier while adding comfort to homes and offices everywhere.
Thinking about how you can turn your idea for a new technology or product into a business like these? Check out a Maker Space location near you to gain access to equipment, technology, and expertise to get you on your way to saying #IMakeinPA.