Petrarca announces $137,600 state investment in local manufacturing partnership to spur growth and innovation

HARRISBURG, June 24 – A Latrobe-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. Joseph Petrarca announced today.


Petrarca, D-Westmoreland/Armstrong/Indiana, said Kennemetal in Latrobe has established a partnership with Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Pittsburgh through the Manufacturing PA fellowship program. The program embeds the state’s best and brightest undergraduate and graduate students with local manufacturers. Once paired, the students begin working on research projects to develop new technologies and advance innovation.


Through the Manufacturing PA program, Carnegie Mellon University received $69,883 in state grants, while the University of Pittsburgh received a grant of $67,720.


“These partnerships will spur strong, lasting relationships between academia and the business sector, positioning our commonwealth to be a leader in manufacturing,” Petrarca said. “The students will receive valuable career experience, and companies – like Kennemetal – will 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: