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Catalyst Connection Celebrates National Apprenticeship Week

Catalyst Connection’s Industrial Manufacturing Technician (IMT) Apprenticeship Program has Four New Graduates PITTSBURGH, Pennsylvania— Catalyst Connection is very proud of the graduates from our group sponsored Industrial Manufacturing Technician (IMT) Apprenticeship program. Over the past 18 months, four employees of IGS Industries, located in Washington County (www.igsind.com), JR, Tom, Chrissy and Howie, have completed their required […]

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Shale POWER Project Announced at Marcellus to Manufacturing Event

For Immediate ReleaseNovember 12, 2020 Contact: Tom Reedtreed@shalepower.org412-918-4269 Value proposition for engaging in the Shale Supply Chain presented for both manufacturers and energy companies. Wheeling,  WV  –  The  Shale  POWER  team  publicly  unveiled  project  information  at  the  Third  Annual Marcellus to Manufacturing Conference hosted by the Pennsylvania Independent Oil & Gas Association (PIOGA). The day […]

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Veteran’s Day Announcement

Catalyst Connection would like to thank veterans everywhere for their service and dedication. In 2019, U.S. veterans made up a total of 12.9% of the manufacturing workforce. We would love to see that number continue to soar and will continue our own personal efforts to recruit more veteran talent to manufacturing. Veterans like Nate Broadus, […]

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Advanced Manufacturing Certification Program Offered to Pittsburgh Small Businesses Recovering from Pandemic

LIFT’s “Operation Next” partners with Catalyst Connection to expand beyond military with funding provided through CARES Act For Immediate Release: November 5, 2020  PITTSBURGH, Pennsylvania— LIFT, the Detroit-based, Department of Defense-supported national manufacturing innovation institute, and part of the Manufacturing USA network, opened its “Operation Next” advanced manufacturing certification program to employees of Pittsburgh-area small and […]

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Federally-Funded Program to Benefit Local Manufacturers

Catalyst Connection would like to introduce you to our newest program, Shale POWER. Shale POWER is an initiative that helps manufacturing companies to enter or expand into the natural gas energy supply chains.   The gas industry is thriving in our region with hundreds of billions of investment dollars to date and at least $17 […]

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Catalyst Connection Receives ARC Grant to Continue Economic Growth within Coal Impacted Communities

Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) funding allows Catalyst Connection to recruit and place dislocated coal sector and COVID-19 workers into high demand manufacturing, robotics, and technology sector jobs. PITTSBURGH, Pennsylvania: October 22, 2020—A grant from the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) will be used by Catalyst Connection, a private not-for-profit consulting organization, for their REAL Jobs for […]

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DOD Approves $25 Million in Grants to Defense Manufacturing Community Support Program

By States Top Leading News (stl.news) Washington, DC (STL.News) The Department of Defense today announced the award of six (6) grants totaling $25 million under the Defense Manufacturing Community Support Program by the Office of Economic Adjustment.  These awards follow a competitive selection process culminating in Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment Ellen Lord’s designation of […]

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How Local Companies Benefited from the Maker-To-Manufacturing (M2M) Program

Catalyst Connection partnered with the Johnstown Area Regional Industries (JARI) and the University of Pittsburgh to provide both physical and virtual support to small entities seeking to commercialize their products. The virtual Maker-to-Manufacturing Commercialization Center (M2M) connected entrepreneurial makers and small businesses to a larger ecosystem of manufacturing. M2M was able to offer services and […]

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Catalyst Connection Receives DOD funding to Strengthen the Defense Supply Chain

For Immediate Release — September 24, 2020 Catalyst Connection Receives DOD funding to Strengthen the Defense Supply Chain in southwestern Pennsylvania and northern West Virginia Pittsburgh, PA – The U.S. Department of Defense has formally designated a consortium of southwestern Pennsylvania’s defense industry members, led by Catalyst Connection, as a Defense Manufacturing Community. This comes […]

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The Core Principles of Operational Excellence

Operational excellence in manufacturing means adopting best practices, being dedicated to continuous improvement, engaging the process owners and utilizing the latest technology. This mindset in the workplace leads to accelerations in growth, improved productivity, and increased profitability. In order for your organization to start practicing operational excellence, it’s important for your leadership team, and all […]

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