Resource centers to receive funding

By The Indiana Gazette

Department of Community and Economic Development Secretary Dennis Davin said Thursday that new funding had been approved for Pennsylvania’s seven Industrial Resource Centers, covering various regions of the commonwealth.

Davin said this latest funding, including $1,062,398 for Catalyst Connection in southwestern Pennsylvania, is meant to help the IRCs provide technical assistance to manufacturers to keep them up to speed with changing markets, new technologies, and competitiveness within the industry.

Catalyst Connection offers its services to agencies and manufacturers

in Indiana, Armstrong, Cambria, Westmoreland and eight other counties around Pittsburgh.

Earlier this year, Catalyst Connection joined with the Burrell Township-based National Center for Defense Manufacturing and Machining and its affiliates in the launch of AMNOW.

AMNOW’s backers believe it could develop into a multi-million-dollar program supporting the inclusion of additive manufacturing or 3-D printing technology into the U.S. Army’s supply chain program.

Also in the region, Northwestern Pennsylvania Industrial Resource Center Inc. was approved for $632,214 to help small manufacturing businesses in Clearfield, Jefferson, and 11 other counties stretching to Erie.