Tricom worked with Steel Valley Authority's Strategic Early Warning Network (SEWN) to announce the opening of their new office in Philadelphia. SEWN is a strategic consulting and layoff aversion program that provides free services to companies that need help saving jobs, and since 1993, SEWN has helped save nearly 18,000 jobs in Pennsylvania.
By Crissa Shoemaker DeBree
Local manufacturers that are struggling to pay their bills and stay in business may be able to find help at a new, free service being offered in the Greater Philadelphia region.
SEWN — the Strategic Early Warning Network — announced Wednesday that it has opened an office in Bristol Township to help save manufacturing jobs in the five-county region. Founded 20 years ago by the Steel Valley Authority in Pittsburgh, SEWN said it has already saved more than 18,000 jobs in other parts of the state.
“The days of being easily able to attract new companies are gone,” said Tom Croft, executive director of the Steel Valley Authority and the founder of SEWN. “We began realizing long ago that we had to prioritize indigenous job growth and indigenous job retention.”
In addition to Pittsburgh, SEWN has offices in Harrisburg and Wilkes-Barre. Its Philadelphia-area office opened in Bristol Township two months ago, in the same space as the Bucks County Workforce Investment Board. Together, the four offices serve all counties in Pennsylvania.
Last year, SEWN helped 72 manufacturing companies in 30 counties and saved more than 1,000 jobs, officials said.
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