A pipeline of skilled workers Western Pennsylvania needs newer, more robust approaches to education, training and hiring. Catalyst Connection works to address this need under our Explore the New Manufacturing programs that receive funding from sources including Chevron (API) and the Benedum Foundation.
Manufacturing Extension Partnership money represents 20 percent of the budget for Catalyst Connection, although President and CEO Petra Mitchell said Thursday that she's confident that MEP will remain funded because of its crucial role in supporting small manufacturers and the strong support in Congress for the programs.
Additive Manufacturing will transform the way parts are manufactured.
Petra Mitchell, President and CEO of Catalyst Connection, discusses Greater Pittsburgh being named one of 12 regions for Investing in Manufacturing Communities Partnership (IMCP).
President Barack Obama will launch a series of executive actions on Monday to strengthen U.S.
advanced manufacturing, including a $300 million investment in three technologies considered crucial to the country's industrial competitiveness.
Might internships be an option to bridge the gap between supply (unemployed youth) and demand (specific talent)? The reality is that not everyone can take advantage of unpaid internships, especially those who live in rural areas, are single parents or facing barriers to employment.
Under the leadership of Petra Mitchell, Catalyst Connection has become a best-practice model not only for other states, but also other countries. The organization helps small manufacturers improve
their competitive performance. In 2013, the 160 manufacturers with which the organization was working reported $243 million in increased or retained sales and 1,265 jobs created or retained. On Oct. 3, the group was heading up the local efforts for National Manufacturing Day.
Manufacturing.net named Washington County manufacturer, Aquatech International Corporation, #2 most innovative industrial company of 2013. AquaTech has 32 years of experience with industrial waste water treatment and is located at the heart of the Marcellus Shale region. The company was one of the first in the area to develop mobile water treatment facilities which lower costs and reduce the risk of transporting contaminated water. AquaTech is also expanding its manufacturing space as well as dedicating a company division to the shale industry.
Petra Mitchell, President and CEO of Catalyst Connection, served as a judge for the 2013 Manufacturer of the Year Awards. When reviewing nominations, she looked for innovation and growth across multiple areas. "The companies that I ranked highly had a good combination of business growth, expansion and job creation, along with some interesting products and technologies," she said. Congratulations to this year's winners.