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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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Catalyst Connection Receives RK Mellon Grant to Assist Manufacturers

For Immediate Release — September 15, 2020 Catalyst Connection receives Richard King Mellon Foundation Grant to Assist Manufacturers Pittsburgh, PA – With recent funding awarded by The Richard King Mellon Foundation, Catalyst Connection is leading a regional economic rebound initiative to address manufacturing business challenges, while also connecting local graduate students with southwestern Pennsylvania’s thriving business community. […]

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Practicing Consistent Selling is More Important Post-COVID

In normal times, consistency is among the most critical traits of sales teams. However, in the new post-COVID-19 environment, being consistent has grown from being important to imperative. What does it mean to be Consistent? Consistency means measurability, ease of learning, and forming good habits. It’s creating repeatability, which leads to growth and success for […]

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Creating a Diverse and Inclusive Manufacturing Workforce

Once a more traditional industry, manufacturing is now much more advanced and modern, and it requires diverse skill sets from all walks of life and experience. That’s why manufacturing leaders must stay on top of outreach efforts to attract diverse talent and create inclusive manufacturing environments that welcome everyone to participate and contribute. Manufacturers have […]

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Tackling the Manufacturing Skills Gap

According to a report from the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM), more than 25% of manufacturers had to turn down new business opportunities because of a lack of available workers to do the job. There is currently a fundamental skills gap in the U.S, resulting in a critical talent shortage affecting manufacturers. Many workers don’t […]

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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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