Business & Industry
Mutual Benefit Group, shown above, whose campus is located in the heart of downtown Huntingdon, is one of the county’s largest employers. Mutual Benefit Group’s facility, plus the nearby county courthouse and attending legal services offices, maintain a large core of professionals who help to support downtown businesses.
The State of Pennsylvania is the area’s largest employer, thanks to approximately 650 jobs at SCI Huntingdon – providing a broad base of family-supporting jobs for Huntingdon County residents. The area’s largest employment sector is healthcare, employing over 2,200 people. The sector accounts for over 17% of the local employment, which is typical of many rural communities.
The education sector is a large source of jobs here. Seven of our top 25 employers are educational institutions, including both Juniata College and the Grier School. A wide variety of retail, service, and professional businesses round out the local employment picture. Overall, Huntingdon County’s business community is supported by a workforce of nearly 20,000 people.
The Chamber of Commerce continues to collaborate with a number of business organizations that work together to help commercial enterprises of all sizes thrive. Accounting for nearly 10% of the area’s jobs, the local manufacturing sector is comprised of industry leaders with a global reach, including Bonney Forge, which produces quality valves and fittings.
Huntingdon County’s economy continues to transition from an economy based on natural resources (lumber, coal, sandstone, limestone) to one based on outdoor recreation and tourism. Raystown Lake and the accompanying lodge, marinas and support outfitters, combined with the area’s scenic beauty are tremendous assets which will continue to support this trend.