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During the 19th and early 20th centuries,
Pennsylvania was the nation’s leading producer of steel. This was due to the
state’s rich deposits of bituminous (soft) coal and iron ore – two components
that are fundamental to the steel industry. A thriving anthracite (hard) coal
mining industry in Pennsylvania made the state a leader in railroading during
this era. But such industries began to decline dramatically in Pennsylvania
during the later half of the 20th century.
Today, Pennsylvania is one of the nation’s most important producers of natural
resources including coal, petroleum, and natural gas. Deposits of limestone,
sand, and slate are also mined and provide the state with significant economic
Pennsylvania is home to a large number of manufacturing companies that produce
metal products, chemicals, transportation equipment, machinery, glass and
plastic products, and food. The Hershey Foods Corporation in Hershey,
Pennsylvania, is North America’s leading manufacturer of chocolate and cocoa,
non-chocolate candies, and chocolate-related food items. Hershey exports its
products to more than 90 countries worldwide. The company also produces a wide
variety of grocery items.
Food production is very important part to the economy of Pennsylvania. The
state’s fertile agricultural areas produce dairy products, mushrooms, fruit,
potatoes, cattle and poultry, and grains such as corn, wheat, and oats.
Pennsylvania Economic Information from
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