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For Pittsburgh’s Manufacturing Day, local factories open their doors to students

By Bill O’Toole, NEXT Pittsburgh As Pittsburgh increasingly becomes known as a hub of robotics and new machine technology, local leaders are faced with a vexing problem: Who is going to build all this stuff? Experts call it the “skills gap” — a situation where good jobs are available, but the local workforce doesn’t have the […]


Emerging Leader at Butler Technologies

Butler Technologies, Inc. manufactures custom user-interface products and printing services, ranging from sequentially numbered label and decal printing to precision graphic overlay and membrane switch components. From their facility in Butler County, Butler Technologies can provide design and consultative engineering to assist customers from concept through production. Nadine Tripodi, President and CEO, recognized that her […]


Southwestern Pennsylvania manufacturers cite applicants’ lack of basic skills in survey

By Stephen Huba, TribLive A majority of Southwestern Pennsylvania businesses responding to an ongoing Catalyst Connection survey say “basic employability skills” are the No. 1 deficiency of job applicants. About 54 percent of the businesses that have responded to the Manufacturing Employment Demand Study ranked skills such as attendance, timeliness and work ethic as the chief things […]