Captain Richard Phillips to be Keynote Speaker at Manufacturers' Association's 116th Annual Event

(York, PA) - Captain Richard Phillips, former captain of the MV Maersk Alabama, and New York Times best-selling author will be the 2022 Annual Event's guest and keynote speaker Tuesday, June 14 at PeoplesBank Park. Captain Richard Phillips is the author of A Captain's Duty: Somali Pirates, Navy SEALs, and Dangerous Days at Sea, about his experience and his remarkable rescue.

Phillips became the center of an extraordinary international drama when he was captured by Somali pirates who hijacked his ship, the first hijacking of a U.S. ship in more than 200 years. The hostage drama began when a small band of pirates leapt aboard the ship and, to protect his crew, Phillips put himself directly in harm's way, offering himself as a hostage. This dramatic story was also transformed into an Academy-Award and Golden-Globe nominated film, Captain Phillips, which hit the big screens in fall of 2013. The Association's 116th Annual Event follows last year's keynote speaker, Robert O'Neill, a former US Navy Seal who was part of the team who rescued Captain Phillips from the Somali Pirates.

Captain Phillips is a graduate of the Massachusetts Maritime Academy, licensed American merchant mariner and a member of the International Organization of Masters, Mates & Pilots Union.

The Manufacturers' Association's annual event, hosted this year at PeoplesBank Park on June 14th, brings together 700+ business and community leaders for an evening of business networking and inspiration! As part of the event the Association will recognize outstanding manufacturers from throughout the region for their accomplishments and community contributions during the previous year. The event will also highlight the major expansion of the Association and its services and programs after relocating to a new 12,000 square foot Center of Excellence for Apprenticeship and Training facility in 2021. The Association trained over 2,100 manufacturing employees including 111 registered apprentices in 2021 - supporting the industry with the knowledge they need to operate, hire, & train smarter.

For information regarding sponsorships available to area companies for Captain Phillips upcoming appearance in York, visit or contact the Association at 717-843-3891 or by email at Seating is limited. Individual tickets for the event will be $90 per guest, with a discounted rate of $75 for U.S. service veterans and active military that includes the reception. A $40 general admission ticket without the reception is also available. Details concerning ticket sales will be announced shortly by the association.

The Manufacturers' Association is on a mission to ensure that our region's manufacturing sector not only survives but rebounds stronger than ever! We exist to ensure that critical knowledge is preserved, expanded, and shared with the manufacturing professionals of tomorrow. Founded in 1906, we are the voice of the industry for hundreds of member & non-member organizations in southcentral PA & northern MD. We support manufacturers with the knowledge they need to operate, hire Strain smarter!
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For Immediate Release Contact:
Tom Palisin
Executive Director
Phone: +1-717-843-3891

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