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What's So Cool About Manufacturing Video Contest

What's So Cool about Manufacturing

Project Origin

The first manufacturing video contest originated in the Lehigh Valley with our sister organization, MRC in 2013. The program was replicated in Southwestern Pennsylvania in 2015 beginning with 8 companies and schools and has since grown to 40 participants for 2017.  The program has expanded to include 12 regional competitions across the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. To learn more about the state wide program go to: https://www.whatssocool.org/contests/about-the-contests/

Project Purpose

Catalyst Connection created the Explore the New Manufacturing Program to help build a strong pipeline of talent and give young people a new perspective on the exciting career opportunities that exist now. The What's So Cool About Manufacturing Video Contest supports this effort by having students create a manufacturing video for their peers, parents and teachers. 

Program Outcomes

• Create regional awareness of careers in manufacturing
• Provide teacher professional development
• Share peer-to-peer videos online to promote manufacturing and possible career opportunities through the perspective of the up and coming generation
• Address the need for a skilled workforce within the manufacturing industry
• Show students the interconnectedness between the arts and manufacturing
• Engage local manufacturing companies with education

2016-2017 Videos

Teams are working now on the 2017-2018 videos. You can view videos from the 2016-2017 contest by clicking on the region: Central Region or Eastern Region.

2017-2018 Company & School Participants

Central Region:

Ace Wire Spring & Montour (Allegheny County)
Adams Manufacturing & Blackhawk (Beaver County)
Advantech & Burgettstown (Washington County)
Aero Tech Designs & Keystone Oaks (Allegheny County)
Auma Actuators & South Fayette (Allegheny County)
Berner International & Laurel (Lawrence County)
Butler Technologies & Butler Area (Butler County)
c3controls & Beaver Area (Beaver County)
Cannon Boilerworks & Burrell (Westmoreland County)
Cleaveland/Price & Franklin Regional (Westmoreland County)
Haemonetics & Northgate (Allegheny County)
Homer Laughlin China Company & Oak Glen (Hancock County, WV)
Intervala LLC & Baldwin (Allegheny County)
Jennison Corporation & Mt. Lebanon (Allegheny County)
L&S Machine Company & Ligonier (Westmoreland County)
Parker Hannifin Corporation & Norwin (Westmoreland County)
PBM Valve & Norwin (Westmoreland County)
Quality Mould & Greater Latrobe (Westmoreland County)
Schroeder Industries & Moon (Allegheny County)
Tomanetti's Food Products and 5 Generations Baker & Springdale (Allegheny County)
Uncle Charley's Sausage & Freeport (Butler County)

Teams are working now on the 2017-2018 videos. A recognition ceremony will be held during Catalyst Connection's Annual Manufacturing Reception on February 21, 2018 at Heinz Field. Click here to learn more about the event.

You can view videos from the 2016-2017 Central Region contest by clicking here.

Eastern Region:

Clapper's Industries & Meyersdale (Somerset County)
Clark Metal Products & Blairsville-Saltsburg (Indiana County)
ITI Trailers & Truck Bodies & Somerset (Somerset County)
JWF Industries & Forest Hills (Cambria County)
Lockheed Martin AeroParts & Greater Johnstown (Cambria County)
McLanahan Corporation & Altoona (Blair County)
Riggs Industries - J&J Truck Bodies & Richland (Cambria County)
ASSA ABLOY - Rockwood Products & Rockwood (Somerset County)
WPP Dough Company & Greater Johnstown (Cambria County)

Teams are working now on the 2017-2018 videos. You can view videos from the 2016-2017 Eastern Region contest by clicking here. 

Southern Region: 

All-Clad Metalcrafters & Peters Township (Washington County)
Channel Craft & Charleroi (Washington County)
DMI Companies & Frazier (Fayette County)
Eagle Manufacturing & Sherrard (Marshall County, WV)
IGS Industries & Fort Cherry (Washington County)
Johnson Matthey & Connellsville (Fayette County)
Sensus/Xylem & Laurel Highlands (Fayette County)
Shumar's Welding and Machine Service & Brownsville (Fayette County)
Stahl's Hotronix & Laurel Highlands (Fayette County)
Universal Electric Corporation & Canon-McMillan (Washington County)

This is the first year for Catalyst Connection to host this video contest in our southern region.

Sponsorship Opportunities

Various levels of sponsorships are available. Please refer to the form along the right-hand column or contact Scott Dietz, Manager of Workforce Initiatives, at 412-918-4227.


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