Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter has set up a task force to encourage the growth of manufacturing in the city.
“Philadelphia is, and always has been, a city that makes things,” Nutter said Tuesday. “And whether it is back in the days of the Budd cars, Stetson hats and Disston saws, our manufacturing base is not only a piece of our history, but a major part of our future.”
And so, the task force has a goal of bring Philadelphia back to those productive roots.
Councilman Bobby Henon says manufacturing creates good jobs for people.
“Other cities are moving in this direction, why can’t we?” he said. “Resources are available, there is an energy around this issue, and the time is right.”
Nutter is hoping to add to the 23,000 manufacturing jobs already in the city.
The task force report is due at the end of August.