The Manufacturers' Association on Monday announced a new executive director.

Tom Palisin will begin leading the York-based trade organization on Monday, Sept. 15.

He is the association's sixth executive director since the organization began in 1906.

Palisin replaces Mike Smeltzer, who resigned in May.

Interim Executive Director Jack Bardol has previously worked with Palisin in a consulting capacity and said he is "very excited to be passing the (leadership) to someone as accomplished as (Palisin)."

Palisin most recently served as manufacturing and life sciences ombudsman for the state Department of Community and Economic Development.

He could not immediately be reached by phone on Monday.

As the leader of the Manufacturers' Association, Palisin will oversee a nonprofit organization that provides education and training programs, employment services, employee benefits programs and legislative representation to regional businesses.

The association has about 400 members and represents more than 200 local manufacturers.

Palisin has a strong background and 20-year history working with manufacturing companies throughout Pennsylvania, according to a news release from the Manufacturers' Association.

"He is very well known in the manufacturing community, especially through his work on the Governor's Manufacturing Advisory Council and his service to the manufacturing sector," the release said.


Palisin is a Penn State graduate and lives in New Cumberland with his wife and their two children, according to the release.

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