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Rebuilding American Manufacturing in Central Pennsylvania

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Rebuilding American Manufacturing in Central Pennsylvania

By Karen Mills, Former SBA Administrator
Published: January 25, 2012 Updated: January 25, 2012

<p>Last night I had the honor of attending President Obama&rsquo;s State of the Union Address as a member of his cabinet. In the speech, the President laid out his vision for an economy that&rsquo;s built to last.&nbsp; It&rsquo;s an economy based on American manufacturing, American energy, skills for American workers, and a renewal of American values.&nbsp; I had the chance see one of those pillars in action today.</p><p>Today I visited Always Bagels in Lebanon, Penn.&nbsp; Always Bagels is exactly the kind of manufacturing facility President Obama was talking about in his State of the Union.&nbsp; This is a business that&rsquo;s growing, creating jobs, and driving our economy forward.&nbsp; Always Bagels started as a retail bakery 20 years ago.&nbsp; Now they are a major manufacturer with two plants.&nbsp; Always Bagels currently produces over 400,000 bagels a day.&nbsp; So when they say &ldquo;Always Bagels&rdquo;, they mean it!</p><p>Always Bagels has already been helped by this administration.&nbsp; Two years ago, the firm got an SBA Recovery Act 504 loan to buy their second plant.&nbsp; With the new plant, company president Tony Pariti, was hoping create 80 new jobs within three years&mdash;but Always Bagels has been so successful that they now employ over 100 people.</p><p>Thanks to policies like the Recovery Act, American manufacturing is creating jobs for the first time since the late 1990s.&nbsp; Last night the President proposed new tools to build on this success and make sure that small manufacturers like Always Bagels continue to have the wind at their backs.</p><p>He called for lowering the tax rate for companies that manufacture and create jobs in the United States.&nbsp; He also proposed reducing regulations that get in the way of entrepreneurs who want to start and grow a business.&nbsp; And he called on Congress to continue the payroll tax cut which gives millions of Americans a little extra money to spend at local small businesses.</p><p>These tools will mean more support for small manufacturers like Always Bagels, more good jobs and more products stamped &ldquo;Made in America.&rdquo;&nbsp; We need to move forward and rebuild the economy.&nbsp; We need to make sure that small businesses have the tools they need to grow and create jobs.&nbsp; We need an economy built to last.</p>

About the Author:

Karen Mills

Former SBA Administrator

Karen Gordon Mills is the Former Administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration. The SBA helps both Main Street and high-growth small businesses get access to capital, counseling, federal contracts, disaster assistance and more.

Comments:

Oh. Your writing is very good, thanks
A message could not be happier of Pennsylvania, Congratulations and thank you to the United States. It boasts
We need to move forward and rebuild the economy, yes!
Reducing the tax rates would be a good start for companies. Hope that this will come through.
It's almost impossible to read that post. Please do something with its formatting, because plain texts are not very user-friendly
Agree with Chuck said: The 77,000 square foot facility is producing 400,000 bagels per day and enjoys 85% of the Pennsylvania bagel market. This is a good example of what these programs are designed to accomplish. regards. registro de propiedad
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Seedcopa, a Pennsylvania SBA Certified Development Company and Suffolk County National Bank assisted Always Bagels with it's SBA 504 loan. This was a great success story. NY firm expands into Pennsylvania and employs 100 people. The 77,000 square foot facility is producing 400,000 bagels per day and enjoys 85% of the Pennsylvania bagel market. This is a good example of what these programs are designed to accomplish.

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