Mercer Manufacturers Remain Busy Despite Challenges

GROVE CITY, PA – Panelists discussing the manufacturing sector during the Mercer County Economic Summit reported their companies remain extremely busy despite challenges such as higher interest rates and inflation.

Brent Ward, president and CEO of Integrated Fabrication & Machine Inc., said his company manufactures components used in power grids and transformers, and is also anticipating new business from customers in both the EV and alternative energy industries.

“Manufacturing in general is very strong,” he said of the Mercer County economy. “I don’t know how long it will stay strong because of the headwinds we’re seeing with the economy.”

For his business, though, the next 10 years should be “unprecedented,” Ward said, as EV adoption gains momentum and alternative energy projects such as wind and solar power come online.

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