Make It In America Grant
Two federal grants totaling $1.8 million to a couple of groups in Union County could help Central Pennsylvania business through manufacturing and workforce development as well as add jobs by bringing more foreign facility investment into the state.
Reshoring will be a smaller part of the Make it in America grants. Five industrial resource centers will split $100,000 to help companies evaluate potential gains from bringing parts production back to Pennsylvania, said John Lloyd, president and CEO of York-based MANTEC, a manufacturing consultant. It’s the resource center for southcentral Pennsylvania, helping manufacturers adapt to changing markets by improving operations.
“The overall theme is to bring jobs back to America,” Lloyd said about the grants.
With each center getting less than $20,000, the money will be spread thin, he said. But it should help the centers reach more companies and evaluate their costs of offshore production. Often, bringing production back to the U.S. can save companies time and money lost to delivery delays, excess buying and poor-quality products, he said.
“We’re going to work with companies to calculate the total cost of (production) ownership,” Lloyd said.
When companies see the calculations of long-term offshoring costs, they understand how owning that production, or contracting it to another Pennsylvania company, is beneficial, he said.