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Uniquely Abled Workers Bring Their Strengths to the L&S Shop Floor

As anyone who runs a machine shop can tell you, it can be difficult to find skilled workers with an interest in manufacturing. But the good news is they’re out there. You just have to look in new or unlikely places. For example, L&S Machine Company has found success employing individuals on the autism spectrum. […]

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Pittsburgh Technology Council announces winners of this year’s Tech 50 Awards

By Julia Mericle, Technology Reporter, Pittsburgh Business Times The Pittsburgh Technology Council hosted its 23rd annual Tech 50 Awards Wednesday evening, honoring Southwest Pennsylvania’s top tech companies. The event, which attracted hundreds of attendees, took place at the Wyndham Grand downtown. The tech council determined winners by judging on growth in product or sales success, corporate […]

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The DNA of Inclusive Leadership

by Audrey Smith, Ph.D. and Debra Walker, DDI Open, unique, valued, team-oriented, transparent, everyone, inviting, and belonging. These are words people use when asked to describe their understanding of inclusive leadership. They also portray how employees feel in an environment where diversity isn’t just invited, but is ignited, to realize better outcomes. What differentiates inclusive leaders from others is that they take purposeful, […]

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Former Pittsburgh Steel Mill Brings Solar To New Development

By Betsy Lillian, Solar Industry Regional Industrial Development Corp. of Southwestern Pennsylvania (RIDC) has contracted with Scalo Solar Solutions to install solar on the sloped roof of RIDC’s Mill 19 development in Pittsburgh. Installation is beginning this week for the project, which will include more than 110,000 square feet of solar panels, producing more than […]

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Purchasing your First Industrial Robot? Follow these 3 Easy Steps.

The advanced robotics industry is trending towards providing flexible and accessible automation options for small and medium manufacturers (SMMs). That means there are more and more companies looking at robotic implementation for the first time. Following 3 easy steps up front – determining your needs, picking the right robot, and proper preparation and implementation – […]

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Mill 19 at Hazelwood Green now open, 15 years in the making

Bill O’Toole  September 4, 2019  City Design, Hazelwood NEXTPittsburgh It was worth the wait. On Wednesday morning, leaders from Pittsburgh’s government, business and academic communities gathered with hundreds of guests at Hazelwood Green to celebrate the grand opening of Mill 19, a stunning research and development hub poised to remake the manufacturing sector. Built entirely within the skeleton […]

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Mill 19 Opening Signals New Era of Manufacturing

Article From Mirage News Carnegie Mellon University researchers and robots will soon occupy a state-of-the-art facility at the newly constructed Mill 19 building on the 178-acre site known as Hazelwood Green. The first building of the new Hazelwood Green development, Mill 19 once served as the location of the Pittsburgh region’s most productive steel mills, employing […]

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Advanced Robotics Working Group Overview – August 1, 2019

Catalyst Connection held a meeting of the SWPA Advanced Robotics Working Group on August 1 at Catalyst’s offices in Pittsburgh, PA.  The session, with nearly 30 attendees, had a wide cross section of manufacturers (10 unique companies represented!), product and service providers, and other regional development groups.  The session focused on autonomous mobile robots with […]

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DoD Update on Cybersecurity Requirements

If your company is in the Defense supply chain, you are aware of the cybersecurity requirements outlined in DFARS 252.204-70212, as well as the NIST SP 800-171 framework for cybersecurity. What you may not be aware of are the changes that are being developed and will be rolled-out in 2020: NIST 800-171A – This is […]

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New training session will educate teachers about tech jobs

By Luke Torrance – Digital Producer, Pittsburgh Business Times A new academy to talk with teachers about manufacturing jobs is coming to Westmoreland County. According to a press release, Catalyst Connection, an economic development organization helping small manufacturers, is launching the “Industry 4.0 Teacher Academy.” Fifteen teachers from eight school districts, including Avonworth, Beaver Area and […]

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