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How To Value Organizations In The Wake Of Technology Disruption

By Suzy Teele On March 21, ASPIRE 2019 featured a luncheon panel discussion on “The Future of Work and Its Impact on M&A: How to Value Today’s Organizations in the Wake of Automation and Social Disruption.” As the moderator, I shared the dais with Buddy Flerl, executive chairman and CEO of RDX and founder of […]

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Catalyst Connection celebrates video contest at annual ceremony

The Tribune-Democrat Catalyst Connection celebrated the “What’s So Cool About Manufacturing Video Contest” at its annual recognition ceremony that was held March 14 at the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown. The program included speakers discussing the future of manufacturing related to Industry 4.0 and getting students out of the classroom and into the manufacturing field. […]

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Dependable and Controlled Access to Cloud ERP

By Mark Engleman, Engleman Associates, Inc. The Typical Cloud ERP Offering has Multiple Weaknesses A company’s ERP is a critical business application supporting critical processes. If a well-implemented ERP is suddenly ‘unavailable,’ it will effectively shut down many key business processes and be costly in terms of dollars and customer confidence. An extended outage duration […]

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What do organizations really gain whey they strive to have a more diverse workforce?

The new reality for manufacturers involves many challenges, from navigating a global economy with increased competition, to bridging the skills gap for their workforce. One proven way for a company to see business success is by becoming an “employer of choice” with a strong organizational culture. There is consistent evidence that a diverse workforce plays […]

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CEO of Catalyst Connection speaks at Penn State Fayette

By Shannon Sankey, Penn State Penn State Fayette, The Eberly Campus, hosted Petra Mitchell, president and CEO of Catalyst Connection, on March 20 in the latest installment 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 business […]

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5 Common Reasons Behind Lean Manufacturing Failure

Lean Manufacturing, by definition, is about reducing non-value-added activities from the workflow. Unfortunately, the implementation of a Lean approach fails more often than not, and can end up as a waste of time and energy if there is not long-term follow through. Below are 5 common reasons why Lean fails: Too many Tools It is […]

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Kids find the cool behind manufacturing

By Gabriella Canales, Butler Eagle The coolest part of manufacturing is creating something from nothing, according to 14-year-old Ryan McLister. “Materials can start bare and turn into something cool and goes through a really long process just to go out in the public,” said the Butler Area Intermediate High School eight-grader. Ryan is a member […]

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Burrell students get high-tech homework assignment from electronics maker

By Mary Ann Thomas, Trib Live Talk about your homework. Burrell High School students took home a robotic arm, a 3D printer and a heavy assignment from a visit to a Harrison circuit board producer. Tuesday’s visit to EPD Electronics by 14 Burrell students wasn’t your typical field trip and, according to school administrators and […]

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RE2 Robotics CEO, Jorgen Pedersen, Appointed to Catalyst Connection’s Board

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE PITTSBURGH, PA – March 12, 2019 – RE2 Robotics, leading developer of humanlike robotic manipulator arms, announced today that the Company’s CEO, Jorgen Pedersen, has been appointed to the Board of Directors for Catalyst Connection. Catalyst Connection is a Pittsburgh-based manufacturing consulting firm, a Pennsylvania Industrial Resource Center, and the Manufacturing Extension […]

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Grant to support development of mobile game to help Pennsylvania residents land manufacturing jobs

By Kevin Randolph, Pennsylvania Business Report Catalyst Connection, an industrial resource center supporting the growth of small manufacturers in western Pennsylvania, will receive a grant to support the development of a mobile game designed to help individuals obtain jobs in the manufacturing sector. Catalyst Connection is partnering with Pittsburgh-based game developer Simcoach Games to create […]

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