Meadville, located in Crawford County, was once known as the Tool City Capital of the United States. In Crawford County, 20% of employment is in the manufacturing industry with manufacturing representing only 12% of the jobs in the state and only 11% of jobs nationally.
With more tool shops and more manufacturing jobs per capita than any other city in the nation, Meadville continues to serve as a hub of manufacturing jobs and trade education in Pennsylvania.
History of Meadville
Founded in 1788 by David Mead, Meadville is the county seat of Crawford County and was the first permanent settlement in northwest Pennsylvania. By the late 1800s, Meadville’s economy included the industries of agriculture, iron production, and logging. Industrial enterprises continued to develop in Meadville and surrounding cities.
In 1913, Colonel Lewis Walker brought the Automatic Hook and Eye Company of Hoboken to Meadville, becoming a significant leader in the development and manufacture of the zipper and earning Meadville the nickname, Zipper Capital of the World.
The Automatic Hook and Eye Company, later known as Talon, was one of the largest employers in Meadville during the height of World War II, holding 5,219 of the 9,000 industrial jobs. The many small dye shops in Meadville can be credited to the apprenticeship program that Talon provided in the 1950s and ‘60s that trained people to make dies.
As Talon moved out of Meadville, people who had gone through the apprenticeship program branched off and used their experience in precision machining to open their own die shops, helping to grow Meadville’s manufacturing presence across that state and the nation. Among Meadville’s many tool and die shops, they are also home to major manufacturers such as Channellock Tools.
Become Part of the Thriving Manufacturing Industry
Manufacturing is a crucial part of our everyday lives, from our cell phones to the cars we drive, the parts could not have been produced without the skills of a precision machinist. At PMI, our CNC Machinist program is designed to help students learn the necessary skills and gain the hands-on experience needed to help them on their way to a career in the manufacturing industry.
Contact PMI today to learn more about our CNC Machinist program or about our other skilled trade programs that can prepare you for a career in the manufacturing industry!