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Exercise: A Healthy Workout for Maximizing Crisis Readiness

by Cynthia Cavendish-Carey, Senior Strategist, C4CS : Recurring crisis exercises that are tailored to fit the company’s needs are imperative to maximizing crisis readiness, including the efficacy of Crisis Response Teams (CRTs), response procedures, and plans. There are many crisis exercise formats, including tabletop crisis exercises that involve multiple participant groups and functional areas. All […]

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Sell Your Products to the Shale Gas Supply Chain

Catalyst Connection is part of the Shale POWER program that assists manufacturing companies to do more business in the energy supply chain. Recently, a supplier directory was designed where manufacturers can develop a company listing to highlight their capabilities and products available to buyers in the energy supply chain. This free listing only takes a […]

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Filterbuy, Air Filter Manufacturing Plant, Will Create 120 Jobs in New Kensington

The Wolf Administration recently announced that an air filter manufacturer will be expanding its operations to Pennsylvania. The expansion will create about 120 full-time jobs in the Greater Pittsburgh region. Filterbuy, an Alabama-based, family-owned manufacturing organization, has plans to redevelop an old industrial building located in New Kensington. The company will be moving into the […]

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Catalyst Connection Receives EDA Grant to Create & Retain Jobs

By Patty Tascarella, Senior Reporter, Pittsburgh Business Times Catalyst Connection was awarded a $532,497 grant from the U.S Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration. The grant was awarded to expand entrepreneurial services and resources through the development of a virtual maker-to-manufacturer commercialization center. The EDA grant is expected to create 100 jobs, retain 125 jobs […]

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Despite Pandemic-Related Challenges, JV Manufacturing has Largest Workforce in History

2020 was a challenging year, with unemployment at an all-time high and many businesses around the world closing their doors. However, some manufacturers in Southwestern PA have found ways to overcome these challenges. Despite all the pandemic-related challenges, JV Manufacturing, a carbide and dies manufacturer in Natrona Heights, PA, has thrived over the past year. […]

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Catalyst Connection Launches Manufacturing Ambassadors Program, Navigators

Catalyst Connection has piloted a new manufacturing ambassador program for 2021. The program, called Navigators, is modeled after a national best practice program created by the Manufacturing Institute. Throughout the program, a team of eight ambassadors from local manufacturing companies will be connected with local schools, after school programs, and participate in virtual experiences to inspire […]

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The State of Manufacturing

The year 2020 was more challenging than any of us could have ever predicted. We recently analyzed some of those challenges, as well as opportunities, while we worked to develop our annual report. Keep reading for some of our insights over the past year and enjoy viewing our annual report at the end of the […]

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OSHA Inspections: Before, During, and After

Every manufacturer should be prepared at any given moment for an OSHA officer to show up for an inspection of your worksite. The visit could be planned, or it could very well be a surprise. Be prepared to pass the test and know what to expect ahead of time—including before, during, and after the inspection […]

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Common OSHA Violations in Manufacturing

Protecting the health and safety of your manufacturing workforce should be your number one priority as a leader. Unfortunately, the vast array of processes and workflows manufacturing covers makes it one of the most dangerous and frequently cited industries. Keep reading to learn what the top OSHA violations in manufacturing organizations have been over the […]

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Your OSHA Self-Inspection Checklist

Following safety guidelines and meeting OSHA standards should be top-of-mind for every manufacturer as we enter a new calendar year. With the Biden Administration officially in office, you can expect to see changes in OSHA standards and stricter guidelines for workplace safety across the board. Keeping all employees safe from risk should be your bottom […]

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