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Introducing the NEW Catalyst Connection Website

Catalyst Connection has launched our new redesign of www.catalystconnection.org – and we are excited to introduce you to our new look! The redesign of the website includes a clean design and improved menu functionality that will allow you to the more easily find the information most relevant to you. It also has a fully responsive design, making it easy to navigate […]

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Study Release: Manufacturing Employment Demand Study

Catalyst Connection is releasing the “Manufacturing Employment Demand Study” as part of its Making Your Future initiative to support manufacturing job growth in Southwestern Pennsylvania and to better understand the current and projected demand for workers and the skill sets sought after the regions’ employers. Click here to download the Manufacturing Employment Demand Study. Key goals of […]

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Help high potential employees craft a leadership development path

Most manufacturing companies in the region are in growth mode right now, helped at least in part by a strong economy. Any gray skies on the horizon most often involves the challenge of finding enough good people to help you capture the moment. Creating additional capacity is always a challenge when markets are expanding. Additional […]

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For Pittsburgh’s Manufacturing Day, local factories open their doors to students

By Bill O’Toole, NEXT Pittsburgh As Pittsburgh increasingly becomes known as a hub of robotics and new machine technology, local leaders are faced with a vexing problem: Who is going to build all this stuff? Experts call it the “skills gap” — a situation where good jobs are available, but the local workforce doesn’t have the […]

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Emerging Leader at Butler Technologies

Butler Technologies, Inc. manufactures custom user-interface products and printing services, ranging from sequentially numbered label and decal printing to precision graphic overlay and membrane switch components. From their facility in Butler County, Butler Technologies can provide design and consultative engineering to assist customers from concept through production. Nadine Tripodi, President and CEO, recognized that her […]

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Southwestern Pennsylvania manufacturers cite applicants’ lack of basic skills in survey

By Stephen Huba, TribLive A majority of Southwestern Pennsylvania businesses responding to an ongoing Catalyst Connection survey say “basic employability skills” are the No. 1 deficiency of job applicants. About 54 percent of the businesses that have responded to the Manufacturing Employment Demand Study ranked skills such as attendance, timeliness and work ethic as the chief things […]

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Who are this year’s Tech 50 honorees?

By Bill O’Toole, NEXT Pittsburgh The Pittsburgh Technology Council has unveiled its annual list of the city’s top 50 technology leaders and innovators. For the past 22 years, the Tech 50 Awards have served as a celebration and a showcase for tech companies in the Pittsburgh region. Finalists are recognized across categories dedicated to innovators in fields […]

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Innovation Works celebrates 20 years and $78 million invested in Pittsburgh companies

By Bill O’Toole, NEXT  Pittsburgh When Innovations Works first opened its doors in 1999, Google was still beta-testing out of Palo Alto. Amazon mostly just sold books. And Bakery Square in East Liberty? It was sitting vacant because Nabisco had left town. What a difference 20 years can make. “It is absolutely incredible to look at where Pittsburgh’s […]

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Manufacturing Assistance Center in Homewood provides training and 95% job placement

By Bill O’Toole, NEXT Pittsburgh Donald Harmuth graduated from South Fayette High School this past spring and is building on the training he got at the Manufacturing Assistance Center in Homewood to pursue a degree in Engineering Physics at Westminster College this fall. “I was surprised by what we could do with the equipment we […]

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Engaging with Oberg Employees

Engaging with Oberg Employees Oberg Industries, Inc. Oberg Industries Inc., with headquarters in Butler County, is a pioneer in the use of tungsten carbide in high precision stamping dies and die components. The company has continued to design and manufacture precision tooling while expanding its capabilities to become a provider of world-class manufacturing solutions specializing […]

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