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

2017-2018 Videos

You can view videos from the 2017-2018 contest by clicking on the region: Central Region , East Region or South Region.

2017-2018 Company & School Participants

Central Region:

Ace Wire Spring & Montour (Allegheny County) Adams Manufacturing & Blackhawk (Beaver County) Advantech & Burgettstown (Washington County) Aero Tech Designs & Keystone Oaks (Allegheny County) Auma Actuators & South Fayette (Allegheny County) Berner International & Laurel (Lawrence County) Butler Technologies & Butler Area (Butler County) c3controls & Beaver Area (Beaver County) Cannon Boilerworks & Burrell (Westmoreland County) Cleaveland/Price & Franklin Regional (Westmoreland County) Haemonetics & Northgate (Allegheny County) Homer Laughlin China Company & Oak Glen (Hancock County, WV) Intervala LLC & Baldwin (Allegheny County) Jennison Corporation & Mt. Lebanon (Allegheny County) L&S Machine Company & Ligonier (Westmoreland County) Parker Hannifin Corporation & Norwin (Westmoreland County) PBM Valve & Norwin (Westmoreland County) Quality Mould & Greater Latrobe (Westmoreland County) Schroeder Industries & Moon (Allegheny County) Tomanetti’s Food Products and 5 Generations Baker & Springdale (Allegheny County) Uncle Charley’s Sausage & Freeport (Butler County)

Here are the 2017-2018 Winners:

Best Manufacturing Message First place: Butler Area with Butler Technologies Second place: South Fayette with Auma Actuators

Viewer’s Choice Award First place: Butler Area with Butler Technologies Second place: Burgettstown with Advantech

Most Creative First place: Burrell with Cannon Boilerworks Second place: Beaver with C3controls

Best Marketing Plan First place: Oak Glen with Homer Laughlin China Company Second place: Mt. Lebanon with Jennison Manufacturing

Bonus Video Award Winner: Norwin with Parker Hannifin


Clapper’s Industries & Meyersdale (Somerset County) Clark Metal Products & Blairsville-Saltsburg (Indiana County) ITI Trailers & Truck Bodies & Somerset (Somerset County) JWF Industries & Forest Hills (Cambria County) Lockheed Martin AeroParts & Greater Johnstown (Cambria County) McLanahan Corporation & Altoona (Blair County) Riggs Industries – J&J Truck Bodies & Richland (Cambria County) ASSA ABLOY – Rockwood Products & Rockwood (Somerset County) WPP Dough Company & Greater Johnstown (Cambria County)

Here are the 2017-2018 Winners:

Best Manufacturing Message Winner: Greater Johnstown with Lockheed Martin

Viewer’s Choice Award Winner: Rockwood with ASSA ABLOY

Most Creative Winner: Rockwood with ASSA ABLOY

Best Marketing Plan Winner: Blairsville-Saltsburg with Clark Metal Products

Bonus Video Award Winner: Forest Hills with JWF Industries

South Region:

All-Clad Metalcrafters & Peters Township (Washington County) Channel Craft & Charleroi (Washington County) DMI Companies & Frazier (Fayette County) Eagle Manufacturing & Sherrard (Marshall County, WV) IGS Industries & Fort Cherry (Washington County) Johnson Matthey & Connellsville (Fayette County) Sensus/Xylem & Laurel Highlands (Fayette County) Shumar’s Welding and Machine Service & Brownsville (Fayette County) Stahl’s Hotronix & Laurel Highlands (Fayette County) Universal Electric Corporation & Canon-McMillan (Washington County)

Here are the 2017-2018 Winners:

Best Manufacturing Message Winner: Canon-McMillan with Universal Electric Corporation

Viewer’s Choice Award Winner: Charleroi with Channel Craft

Most Creative Winner: Sherrard with Eagle Manufacturing

Best Marketing Plan Winner: Charleroi with Channel Craft

Bonus Video Award Winner: Peters Township with All-Clad Metalcrafters

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 for the new season which begins in October 2018. Please refer to the form along the right-hand column or contact Scott Dietz, Manager of Workforce Initiatives, at 412-918-4227.