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Gaining Insights for a More Engaged Workforce

As workplaces continue adjusting to new ways of operating, concerns around employee engagement are at an all-time high for our region’s small and mid-sized manufacturers.  Workplace engagement has always been a high priority. However, it is no longer as easy to maintain high employee engagement levels when working at home or maintaining social distancing. Your […]

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4 Tips for Building Your Thriving Manufacturing Workforce

Manufacturing remains one of the largest industries for employment in southwestern Pennsylvania. Yet, there is a persisting lack of awareness within new generations about the availability and growth opportunities of manufacturing careers across a range of experiences and interests. Manufacturing today is high-tech, and technology-driven skills such as coding, programming, and more are needed to […]

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Fever Screening

By Chris Miranda, MAC Safety, Inc. So you think investing in fever screening can curb the spread of COVID-19? As lockdowns are lifted, procedures are being put in place to reduce the spread of COVID-19. Along with physical distancing, hand sanitization and wearing of masks, fever screening is increasingly being set up as a requirement […]

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Announcing the MATTR Assistance Program

The NIST MEP MATTR service team has identified a number of NIST researchers with various expertise who are interested in offering their expertise to domestic manufacturers. Click here to view the list of the researchers’ expertise. If you have a project and would like the assistance of one of these experts, contact Matt Minner at […]

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SMM Robotics and Technology Adoption Insights

If your company is considering an investment in robotics this year, you’re not alone. That’s a key conclusion from the SMM Study: Robotics & Technology Engagement lead by Catalyst Connection, CMTC, Fuzehub, and Impact Washington under the Manufacturing Extension Partnership’s Advanced Robotics Collaborative. Of the manufacturers surveyed, 49% say they plan to invest in robotics […]

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Gov. Wolf: Economic Injury Disaster Loans Available to Small Businesses and Non-Profits Facing Losses Related to COVID-19

Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today announced the availability of low-interest loans for small businesses and eligible non-profits in all 67 counties in Pennsylvania through the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). “We are incredibly grateful that the SBA recognized the urgency of this situation and granted our request so quickly,” said Gov. Wolf. “I […]

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Disaster Loan Information & Assistance

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) provides low-interest disaster loans to businesses of all sizes, private non-profit organizations, homeowners, and renters. SBA disaster loans can be used to repair or replace the following items damaged or destroyed in a declared disaster: real estate, personal property, machinery and equipment, and inventory and business assets. To learn […]

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COVID-19 AND UNEMPLOYMENT COMPENSATION (UC)

An update from Acuity Human Resources In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the state of PA has suspended the UC waiting period, often referred to as the waiting week. Eligible claimants are now able to apply to receive benefits for the first week that they are unemployed. We recommend that employers do not promise or […]

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Scarnati Announces Funding Approval to Help Small Businesses

(HARRISBURG) – Today the Commonwealth Financing Authority (CFA) took the first step in providing relief to Pennsylvania small businesses impacted by COVID-19 by authorizing the transfer of $40 million to the Pennsylvania Industrial Development Authority (PIDA), announced Senator Joe Scarnati (R-25). The funding transfer approved today, will ultimately be combined with existing funds in PIDA’s […]

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What are you doing to protect your employees while keeping your supply chain effective?

What are you doing to protect your employees while keeping your supply chain effective? With panic shopping resulting in empty shelves at the local stores due to COVID-19 virus, it has become apparent that manufacturing supply chains are essential in these times. In order to restock the shelves and allow people to get the products […]

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