The State of Pennsylvania is the area’s largest single 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 health care, employing nearly 2,500 people. The sector accounts for over 17% of the local economy, which is typical of many rural communities.
The education sector is a large source of jobs here. Five of our top 15 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 approximately 20,000 people.
Manufacturing accounts for nearly 10% of the area’s jobs. Local manufacturing leaders with a global reach include Bonney Forge, which produces quality valves and fittings, and NOV Fiberglass Systems, which manufactures underground fiberglass and above-ground steel storage tanks. Both companies are located in Mount Union. The John R. Wald Company in Huntingdon manufactures the machines used to make license plates for vehicles worldwide.
Building and maintaining the infrastructure necessary to attract and retain businesses is the key to steady economic growth. Local business associations continue to collaborate to build a brighter future for Huntingdon County. In addition to the Chamber of Commerce, the County has a number of business organizations that work together to help commercial enterprises of all sizes thrive. Huntingdon County Business and Industry developed the 250-acre Huntingdon Industrial Park and Riverview Business Center in Mount Union. Huntingdon County Business and Industry also provides consulting and loan programs.
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.