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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. Of the $62.7 million total awarded to our region, $4.8 million will […]

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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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Elements of Great Workplace

Job searchers were primarily interested in landing a position with the most well-known organization until recently. The fame of a company appears to be less important nowadays. Employees search for firms with missions, goals and initiatives they can support. People want to trust the companies they work for hours each week. Why DEI Matters in […]

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The Eight Values of an Employer of Choice

Did you know that around 22% of employees plan to look for new jobs in 2022? The Great Resignation, which saw Americans leave their places of employment at a record clip during the second half of 2021, is still upon us. What will you do to make your business a place where employees want to be? One way is to […]

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Russia-Ukraine Crisis: Supply Chain Questions Every Manufacturer Should Consider

The invasion of Ukraine by Russia, and sanctions imposed on it for doing so, threatens to rock global supply chains that have already been strained by COVID-19. Many companies are being forced to rethink how they source materials. Those who currently source from this region have been forced to move operations or switch suppliers. But […]

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