Conklin announces state investment in local manufacturing partnership to spur growth, innovation

HARRISBURG, June 25 – A State College-based manufacturing company will benefit from a state grant program that connects manufacturing companies and research institutions designed to spur economic growth and innovation, state Rep. Scott Conklin, D-Centre, announced today.


Conklin said Morgan Advanced Materials and Technology has established a partnership with Penn State University through the Manufacturing PA fellowship program. This program embeds the state’s best and brightest undergraduate and graduate students with area manufacturers. Once paired, the students begin working on research projects to develop new technologies and advance innovation.


Through the Manufacturing PA program, Penn State University received $69,558 in state grants.


“These partnerships foster lasting, productive relationships between our universities and the business community, positioning our state to be a leader in manufacturing,” Conklin said. “Students will receive valuable career experience, and companies – like Morgan Advanced Materials and Technology – will also benefit from the students’ research in innovation and technology.”

The 26 approved projects help advance innovation in several sectors of manufacturing, including energy, consumer goods and advanced medical. A total of 11 universities partnered with local manufacturing companies to pair students with the projects.

For more information, please visit the Manufacturing PA Innovation Program website: