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Catalyst Connection’s New CFO Sees Position as Opportunity to Give Back

By Todd Miller Whit Little, Catalyst Connection’s new CFO, has spent more than 30 years in senior management at multiple startup technology and manufacturing companies in the Pittsburgh region. In many of those roles, Whit was a loyal client of Catalyst Connection. Those experiences enabled him to gain a solid understanding of Catalyst Connection’s mission […]

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Accounting Considerations for Lean Organizations

by Lindsay Andrews Many manufacturers utilize lean technics to help improve manufacturing processes. In addition to the manufacturing process, the concepts of lean can extend to various other aspects of the business including accounting.   There are five principles of lean and each one of these principles has applications to accounting departments.   1) Creating Customer Value […]

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Manufacturers Can Cross Digital Bridge Through Build Back Better Regional Challenge Initiative 

Just as American iron and steel and manufacturing emerged from the Greater Pittsburgh region in the Industrial Revolution, today a new revolution of advanced manufacturing (AM) technologies grows from southwestern Pennsylvania’s innovations in robotics, artificial intelligence (AI), cybersecurity, and other leading-edge digital technologies. According to a McKinsey Global Institute report titled “Making it in America: […]

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Jeanne Straw, Tech & Manufacturing Sector Pioneer, Retiring from Catalyst Connection

by Todd Miller After 34 years of helping Pittsburgh’s technology and manufacturing communities grow, Jeanne Straw is retiring from Catalyst Connection on December 31 as senior vice president of administration. As second in command under President and CEO Petra Mitchell, Straw has been responsible for compliance, government grant reporting, tax, finance, human resources and operations. […]

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Catalyst Connection Awarded $4.8 million in Federal Build Back Better Regional Challenge

Grant will be used to expand robotics and autonomous systems technology to small and medium employers in Southwestern Pennsylvania On September 2, President Biden announced the Southwestern Pennsylvania New Economy Collaborative as one winner of the $1 billion Build Back Better Regional Challenge. Catalyst Connection will lead the Small and Medium Enterprises (SME) Robotics Expansion […]

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Catalyst Connection Announces CMfgA Training Program

The Certified Manufacturing Associate training program helps prepare dislocated workers, underemployed individuals, veterans, and more start a new career in manufacturing. The 25-class online training program from Tooling U-SME can be bundled with the nationally recognized Certified Manufacturing Associate credential. This training program prepares individuals for high-demand, entry-level careers including assemblers, manufacturing associates, and production […]

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Recap: Digital Transformation for Manufacturing

Digital Transformation, like so many other terms in the Industry 4.0 buzz word bingo wheel, can easily get lost in translation and be dismissed as another “sounds neat, but not realistic for me” technology topic. The panel discussion held on March 24th at the Pittsburgh Technology Council offices at Nova Place, showed that it was […]

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Pennsylvania Manufacturing Advisory Council Seeks Input From Manufacturers

The Pennsylvania Manufacturing Advisory Council was formed last year as a public-private consortium. Its goal is to provide the Commonwealth’s legislative leaders and leading gubernatorial candidates with policy, program and legislative priority recommendations that will enhance the competitiveness of Pennsylvania’s nearly 15,000 manufacturing firms and their 585,000 employees. The Council has heard from more than […]

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Catalyst Connection Hosts Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Webinar Series

Catalyst Connection recognizes the great benefit of implementing a diverse, equitable, and inclusive manufacturing community; as well as the benefit that workers and manufacturers receive when unencumbered by workplace bias. We recently held a four-part Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion webinar series to provide a deeper dive on the importance of creating the inclusive manufacturing community. […]

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Why Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Matter in the Workplace

As a business executive, it’s likely you’re familiar with the terms diversity, equity, and inclusion. Commonly known as DEI, these three words represent a larger movement of modern-day companies who are working to create a more inviting and inclusive workplace for a diverse range of talent.  However, these words are not simply a slogan that […]

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