About Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania was the second state to join the United States. It became a state on December 12, 1787. The capital, Harrisburg, became the capital in 1812, though it was settled in 1608 by Captain John Smith. With the sixth largest population in the country, it is home to 12.6 million people. The largest city in the state is Philadelphia.

Pennsylvania is full of American history. The Bank of North America, located in Philadelphia and founded in 1781, became the first nationally chartered bank in the U.S. On the agricultural front, Pennsylvania ranks first in the U.S. in the production of mushrooms and third for Christmas trees. Also, Pennsylvania is home to GE Transportation Systems, a leader in locomotive production.

In response to vehicles becoming more reliant on ethanol fuel, Coskata Inc., opened a plant in Madison, Pennsylvania in 2009 with plans to grow significantly by 2012. As of 2010, the plant produces 50,000 gallons of ethanol per year. In 1978, Volkswagen opened a plant in Pennsylvania, but the plant closed down in 1988. At this plant in New Stanton, they built Rabbits, Golfs, and Jettas. Volkswagen opening a plant here led the way for Nissan and other Japanese manufacturers to set up assembly plants in the U.S.

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