Secretary Dennis Davin, Department of Community and Economic Development, and Pennsylvania Senator Scott Hutchinson visited MECCO’s manufacturing facility in Cranberry, Pennsylvania on August 17th. They met with MECCO President David Sweet and members of Innovation Works and Catalyst Connection to learn about the company’s production and importance to the community. MECCO has been in business for 128 years manufacturing product marking and identification systems. They have been growing with new technologies and design solutions for customers. MECCO has increased from ten employees in 2010 to forty today. “Demand for our products resulted in an increase in sales. In order to improve our technology and manufacturing processes, we are working with Innovation Works and Catalyst Connection to implement a continuous improvement initiative”, said Sweet. “MECCO does not have an expert on staff to manage this type of improvement project on our own. We rely on these support organizations to provide the resources and expertise that is needed to remain competitive.”
MECCO’s largest competitors are billion dollar corporations in Japan and Germany. The value stream mapping project and others, including an exporting project that allows MECCO to increase sales worldwide, that were supported by Innovation Works and Catalyst Connection make it possible for MECCO to prepare for an exciting future. Secretary Davin injected, “We hear this over and over again from so many Pennsylvania manufacturers. The resources that the Ben Franklin Technology Partners and Manufacturing Extension Partnership Centers provide are vital to the continued success of Pennsylvania’s manufacturing sector.”
The success of MECCO extends to local suppliers for parts in the marking machines that make up about 50% of all of the components. Expansion opportunities for MECCO includes new laser micromachining techniques that offers even more growth potential.
Based in Pittsburgh, Catalyst Connection is an economic development organization dedicated to helping small manufacturers to improve their competitive performance. Catalyst advisors, consultants, and instructors offer training, consulting and administer financial programs that can provide funding for equipment, machinery, or capital improvements. As a nonprofit 501 (c)3 firm, the organization has been supporting Southwestern Pennsylvania manufacturers for more than 25 years. For more information call 1-888-887-7472 or go to www.catalystconnection.org.