On September 28th, 2020, PHB Inc. received a visit from U.S. Secretary of Labor Eugene Scalia. The purpose of this visit was to discuss the impact of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic on their business, economic recovery, and the company’s successful apprenticeship program that trains employees in advanced manufacturing skills (among other topics). Scalia previously served as the Solicitor of Labor between 2001 and 2002.
“PHB Inc was pleased to welcome the U.S. Secretary of Labor Eugene Scalia to our facility,” said Mike Burkhart of PHB. “It was our pleasure to have the opportunity to discuss current events that are challenging our industry with someone who can make a difference, and be able to host and show the secretary what we at PHB are doing to develop a more efficient workforce.”
Additionally, Scalia received a tour of PHB’s facility from company leaders John Hilbert and William “Bill” Hilbert. The visit was a highlight of 2020 for PHB and skilled workers throughout the state, as many manufacturers are still working hard to find a way through current health and economic crises. Scalia was given a thorough tour of one of our two Fairview, Pennsylvania-based facilities that are used to manufacture products and parts in the aluminum die casting, zinc die casting, and tool & die industries. PHB uses these molds and dies to produce anything from housewares and storage products, power tools, sporting goods, toys, safety equipment, electronic and electrical products to automotive and transportation components, telecommunication products, medical devices, and military components, and beyond. PHB Inc. is the parent company of Reddog Industries Inc.
“Today I met the tool and die maker apprentices at PHB Inc. in Fairview, Pa,” tweeted Scalia following his visit. “Through on-the-job training, classes, and mentorship, they learn skills that prepare them for prosperous careers. Learn how apprenticeship is a win for workers and employers at Apprenticeship.gov.”
Not long after his visit, Scalia also announced $29 million in grants in partnership with the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) and the Delta Regional Authority (DRA), through the Workforce Opportunities for Rural Communities (WORC) program. WORC grants provide support for workforce development efforts that align with current economic development strategies in rural communities facing related challenges. These grants help provide sustainable work opportunities and long-term economic vitality for communities.