What’s So Cool About Manufacturing Video Contest

What's So Cool about Manufacturing

Project Purpose

Catalyst Connection created the Explore the New Manufacturing Program to help build a strong pipeline of talent and give young people a new perspective on the exciting career opportunities that exist now. The What’s So Cool About Manufacturing Video Contest supports this effort by having students create a manufacturing video for their peers, parents and teachers.

Program Outcomes

  • Create regional awareness of careers in manufacturing
  • Provide teacher professional development
  • Share peer-to-peer videos online to promote manufacturing and possible career opportunities through the perspective of the up and coming generation
  • Address the need for a skilled workforce within the manufacturing industry
  • Show students the interconnectedness between the arts and manufacturing
  • Engage local manufacturing companies with education

2019-2020 Videos

You can view videos from the 2019-2020 contest by clicking on the region: Central RegionEast Region, North Region or South Region.


2019-2020 Company & School Participants

Central Region:

  • Aero Tech Designs, Inc. & Moon
  • Aerotech & Burrell
  • All-Clad Metalcrafters & South Fayette
  • Auma Actuators & Canon-McMillan
  • Cleaveland/Price, Inc. & Elizabeth Forward
  • DMI Companies & Baldwin
  • Giffin Interiors & Fixture, Inc. & Peters Township
  • Intervala & Norwin
  • Kurt J Lesker & Clairton
  • MECCO Marking and Traceability & Northgate
  • Natrona Bottling Company & Manchester Charter
  • Plaztuff USA & Montour
  • Premier Automation & Franklin Regional
  • RE2 Robotics & PPS Langley
  • Schroeder Industries & Mars
  • Seegrid Corporation & Mt. Lebanon
  • Stellar Precision Components & Norwin

EastRegion:

  • 4 Guys Fire Trucks & Rockwood
  • ASSA ABLOY – Rockwood Products & Salisbury-Elk Lick
  • Cambria County Association for the Blind and Handicapped & Greater Johnstown
  • DeVilbiss Healthcare & Berlin Brothersvalley
  • Global SFC Valve Corporation & Somerset
  • Guy Chemical Company, Inc. & Shanksville-Stonycreek
  • J&J Truck Bodies and Trailers & Somerset
  • Lockheed-Martin AeroParts, Inc. & Richland
  • Abilene Boot Co. & Greater Johnstown

North Region

  • Adams Manufacturing & Rochester
  • ARDEX Americas & Hopewell
  • Ellwood Quality Steels & Laurel
  • Impact Guard & New Brighton
  • JSP & Butler Area
  • Kenson Plastics & Blackhawk
  • Keystone Ridge Designs & Butler Area
  • O’Neal Manufacturing Services & Ambridge
  • Turbo Technologies, Inc. & Beaver Falls

South Region:

  • 4D Tech Solutions & Taylor (WV)
  • Better Edge & Charleroi
  • Channel Craft & Brownsville
  • EbTech Industrial & Uniontown
  • Hranec Sheet Metal, Inc. & Albert Gallatin
  • Precision Tool & Westwood (WV)
  • RM Manufacturing & Margaret Bell Miller
  • Rose Plastic & California
  • Sensus/Xylem & Connellsville
  • TSI Touch & Laurel Highlands

Project Origin

The first manufacturing video contest originated in the Lehigh Valley with our sister organization, MRC in 2013. The program was replicated in Southwestern Pennsylvania in 2015 beginning with 8 companies and schools and has since grown to 40 participants for 2017.  The program has expanded to include 12 regional competitions across the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. To learn more about the state wide program go to: https://www.whatssocool.org/contests/about-the-contests/

Sponsorship Opportunities

Various levels of sponsorships are available. Please refer to the form along the right-hand column or contact Scott Dietz, Manager of Workforce Initiatives, at 412-918-4227.