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Local Company Cleans Up During Small Business Week: George Saxon Jr. Lauded as SBA’s Regional and Local Exporter of the Year

PITTSBURGH – Perched on a walkway, cleaning large, steam surface condensers with his family’s patented tube-cleaning products is how SBA’s (the U.S. Small Business Administration) award-winner George Saxon Jr. spent his college breaks. Fast-forward three decades and Saxon, who still lends a hand cleaning up corrosion, is taking the 95-year-old Conco Services Corporation international with […]

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Meeting Employee Needs Through Support, Involvement, and Empathy

Productivity and profitability are the most commonly used measurements for judging a leader’s abilities and success. But what are the underlying factors that produce such results? The research done by Development Dimensions International (DDI) points back to one thing: mastering the soft skills of communication and conversation. By connecting with the people who are performing […]

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Meet 5 innovators disrupting the world of manufacturing

By NEXT Pittsburgh Manufacturing’s not what it used to be. Infused with the latest technology, it has been rebranded as advanced manufacturing. And it’s not only highly innovative and constantly changing but it’s also providing all kinds of opportunities in the way of jobs. NEXT Pittsburgh is holding an event on Tuesday, May 21, gathering […]

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NCDMM adds new venture

By The Indiana Gazette BURRELL TOWNSHIP — What potentially may be a multi-million-dollar program, AMNOW, will support the inclusion of additive manufacturing or 3-D printing technology into the U.S. Army’s supply chain program, according to a press release issued Tuesday by the National Center for Defense Manufacturing and Machining and its partners. AMNOW was launched […]

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NCDMM and Catalyst Connection Announce AMNOW Program to Support Additive Manufacturing Technology Insertion into the U.S. Army Supply Chain

Blairsville, Pa. — April 30, 2019 The National Center for Defense Manufacturing and Machining (NCDMM) with its National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute, America Makes and partner Catalyst Connection proudly announce the launch of AMNOW, a new program to support additive manufacturing (AM) technology insertion into the existing U.S. Army supply chain.  “Logistically, military supply chains […]

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5 Best Practices for Succession Planning

With manufacturing already experiencing a skills gap in the workforce, businesses cannot afford to put off planning for the future. Identifying, developing, and retaining top talent is vital to the long-term success of an organization, and thus needs to be a critical area of investment of time, money, and energy. Below are 5 succession planning […]

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Contracts for Accessing ERP – Top four terms to Achieve

Most ERP access contracts provided by sellers are simply awful. That is awful for buyers, but quite stellar for sellers. In summary the sellers want unilateral control of the commercial relationship as it has a direct tie to long-term revenue potential for them.   Further the ERP buyer is far more at risk in the […]

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Penn State Fayette hosts Catalyst Connection CEO

By The Herald Standard Penn State Fayette, The Eberly Campus in Lemont Furnace, North Union Township, recently hosted Petra Mitchell, president and CEO of Catalyst Connection, as part of the CEO Conversations series. Iman Young, a sophomore business major, moderated the discussion. Catalyst Connection is a nonprofit economic development organization dedicated to helping manufacturers with […]

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Advanced Manufacturing Technology Adoption

As modern manufacturing moves into the fourth industrial revolution, technology plays an increasingly important role in all levels of production. And while technology increases capabilities, it also increases the complexity of each subsystem. With advanced manufacturing technology adoption becoming vital to compete and stay relevant in the Industry 4.0 world, companies are seeking out MEP’s […]

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4 Benefits of Total Productive Maintenance

Lean Manufacturing focuses on continuous improvement in the pursuit of perfection. This philosophy can apply to manufacturing production through a Total Productive Maintenance (TPM) approach. By empowering employees to take responsibility for equipment maintenance and productivity, productive maintenance can help a manufacturer see benefits in 4 key areas: Efficiency, Moral, Safety, and Satisfaction. Efficiency TPM […]

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