The Strategic Early Warning Network (SEWN) is a layoff aversion program working to save Pennsylvania jobs one company at a time.

SEWN Vision: To remain the national gold standard of state level layoff aversion programs as measured by the number of Pennsylvania jobs saved for dollars spent.

The Strategic Early Warning Network (SEWN), Pennsylvania's nationally recognized layoff aversion program, was developed and is administered by the Steel Valley Authority in conjunction with the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry.

SEWN saves manufacturing jobs throughout Pennsylvania by offering layoff aversion services to stabilize, restructure, turnaround, or attract buyers for at-risk small- to medium-sized manufacturing firms. Given the fact that a company's problems are easier to address before they reach the crisis stage, SEWN staff reponds to your company within forty-eight hours of your request. We will visit with your company's management, owners, and workforce as appropriate to set up site visits and plant tours. Working with all parties concerned, we will inventory all available resources and help develop layoff aversion solutions.

SEWN is one of the most cost-effective jobs programs in the United States.  In 2014-15, the overall layoff aversion program average cost per job retained was $921. In the last five years, SEWN's program costs averaged $995 per job saved when total costs were considered.  During this time, SEWN saved the Commonwealth more than $34.8 million in Pennsylvania unemployment benefits, and over $836 million if jobs/payroll multipliers are included in the cost/benefit analysis.

SEWN layoff aversion services are provided to the manufacturer free of charge.

Learn more about the Core Turnaround Services that SEWN offers.

Find out about the PA Shared-Work Program that saves jobs and is managed by our sponsor, the PA Department of Labor and Industry (DLI).  Shared Work allows an employer to temporarily reduce the work hours of a group of employees as an alternative to a layoff.  Employees covered by the plan receive a percentage of their UC Weekly Benefit Amount, or WBA, while they work the reduced schedule; if they are otherwise eligible for UC.

See the list of our SEWN Partners who play an integral part in our success!