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.

Regional partners, JARI and Somerset Chamber of Commerce, were instrumental in helping to pair 11 manufacturing companies with 11 middle schools for the videos.

Student teams were encouraged to interview employees and go behind the scenes to learn about the manufacturing industry. The participants represented parts of Cambria, Somerset, Indiana and Westmoreland counties.

The contest yielded more than 76,000 votes over a five-day period. Videos can still be viewed at

Winners include:

Best Manufacturing Message: Somerset with Guy Chemical, first, and Greater Johnstown with Cambria County Association for Blind & Handicapped, second.

Outstanding Creativity: Shanksville-Stonycreek with DeVilbiss Technologies, winner.

Viewer’s Choice: Shanksville-Stonycreek with DeVilbiss Technologies, first, and Derry Area with Clark Metal Products, second.

Best Promotion: Derry Area with Clark Metal Products, winner.

Exceptional Videography: Somerset with Guy Chemical, first, and Forest Hills with Lockheed-Martin Aeroparts, second.

Rookie School Award: Conemaugh Valley with Riggs Industries, winner.

Bonus Video – “Live Here, Work Here, Play Here”: Turkeyfoot with ASSA ABLOY, winner.