Advanced Manufacturing

A Strong Base for Diverse Manufacturing Success

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Once crowned the “Workshop of the World,” Greater Philadelphia is an advanced manufacturing hub that’s laser-focused on the future. More than 5,600 manufacturers call Greater Philadelphia home, employing 190,000 workers across key sub-sectors, including biopharmaceutical, chemical, plastics, food, and aerospace manufacturing. With our central location making us an East Coast gateway to the world, Greater Philadelphia’s robust infrastructure and extensive supply chain networks enable manufacturing companies to transport products and materials smoothly in and out of the region. Couple that with our highly skilled, motivated workforce and our affordable, reliable energy, and it’s easy to see why global firms like Boeing, Dow Chemical, DuPont, Lockheed Martin, Merck, and Pfizer have established diverse manufacturing operations in Greater Philadelphia.

Top: Axalta, an award-winning coatings company, is located in over 140 countries, including a 175,000 square-foot R&D center in Philadelphia. Below slideshow images courtesy of, in part: GSK; PIDC; Princeton University, Office of Communications; and University of Pennsylvania Flickr.

James Medaglio, Director, Business Attraction & Expansion

James Medaglio, Director, Business Attraction & Expansion

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Major Employers

Axalta Coating Systems
Bristol Myers Squibb
Church & Dwight
Dow Chemical
Johnson & Johnson
Kimberly Clark
Lockheed Martin
Merck & Co.
Quaker Houghton
Teva Pharmaceuticals
W.L. Gore