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Manufacturing Roundtable Virtual Discussion

January 20 @ 9:00 am - 11:00 am EST

The Impact of Industry 4.0 Technologies on Smart Factories of the Future

Hosted By: DMI Companies and Catalyst Connection, in support of the Pennsylvania Manufacturing Advisory Council

Thursday, January 20, 2022, 9:00 am – 11:00 am Virtual Lifesize platform. You will receive the link to the virtual platform when you register.

Please join us for a vibrant and interactive discussion on how DMI Companies has identified, developed and implemented advanced industry 4.0 technologies, including robotics, Internet of Things (IoT), artificial intelligence and warehouse management, leading to business growth and long term sustainability of the company.  DMI Companies, President and CEO, Mr. Ray Yeager and his senior management team, will share their decision-making processes, that sometimes includes a “leap of faith”, but has consistently resulted in quantifiable business benefits.

Following DMI’s presentation, we will engage all participants in an interactive discussion that will include the following topics:

  1. Common elements of successful technology adoption strategies
  2. Barriers and challenges that highlight what may be preventing technology adoption
  3. Feedback to the PA Manufacturing Advisory Council, as to how public policy and state government resources can accelerate business growth and global competitiveness.

About DMI Companies’ President and CEO, Mr. Ray Yeager and Roundtable Host

DMI Companies, founded in 1978, is a leading manufacturer of HVAC accessories. DMI supplies the commercial, industrial and residential HVAC markets through a vast network of domestic and international distributors.

DMI has national standing as an industry leading innovator that possesses integrity and leadership skills, which are testaments to the quality of the manufacturing and operating procedures engaged by DMI Companies.

DMI was named Manufacturer of the Year in Pittsburgh (2008 & 2009), received a Product Innovation Grant from the Green Building Alliance (2009), was awarded two Advanced Energy Project Awards by the US Department of Energy (2010), won the Green Workplace Challenge (2014), and won the GBA Enterprise Award (2019).  DMI Senior Leaders were members of the US Manufacturing Council under the Department of Commerce (2015 – 2016).  Finally, and perhaps most notably, the company achieved Certified Gold Zero Waste to Landfill  (2018-2021).

DMI commenced engaging in Industry 4.0 strategies and integration at its manufacturing facilities in 2015 and has continued these initiatives.  The company is a member of both ARM and MxD, Manufacturing USA Institutes and is a client of Catalyst Connection’s. Mr. Ray Yeager, President and CEO of DMI Companies, served on the Board of Catalyst Connection, the Board of the PA Manufacturing Extension Partnership (PAMEP) and currently serves on the PA Manufacturing Advisory Council.

About Catalyst Connection

Catalyst Connection is a southwestern Pennsylvania economic development organization dedicated to serving manufacturers. For more than 30 years, Catalyst has operated with a focus on powering potential through delivering technical assistance and management consulting services and developing long-standing partnerships across the region. Catalyst maintains a deeply held commitment to modernizing manufacturing and enabling opportunity across business enterprises, individuals, and throughout communities. Catalyst Connection is supported, in part, by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Department of Community and Economic Development, and by the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partnerships.

About the PA Manufacturing Advisory Council

The Pennsylvania Manufacturing Advisory Council was established to help organize the voice of manufacturing advocates and articulate concerns and recommendations for those concerns. The Council’s primary objective for 2021-2022 is to develop a policy playbook that provides concise, focused, and comprehensive recommendations to state leaders by which to grow the Commonwealth’s manufacturing competitiveness. The primary target audience for the playbook is the next Governor of Pennsylvania, his/her cabinet members and Secretaries and those legislators that interact with him/her as members of the General Assembly. A more detailed overview of the Council is attached.

Industry members of the Pennsylvania Manufacturing Advisory Council have provided initial insight into the challenges and opportunities they face as manufacturers in the Commonwealth. The Council seeks to build on their guidance by hosting industry discussion groups that gather input for the Playbook from a greater number of manufacturers, representative of the Commonwealth’s regions and manufacturing industries. Focus group hosts and participants will have an opportunity to preview the Playbook before its full release.



January 20
9:00 am - 11:00 am
No Cost
Event Category:


Virtual Event
Pittsburgh, PA United States + Google Map