Catalyst Connection honored three companies for their work connecting young people with manufacturing careers at its annual reception held at the Hall of Fame Club at PNC Park last evening. The economic development and manufacturing consulting organization has more than 25 years of results from its work helping more than 1,700 small manufacturers grow.
“By the numbers, manufacturing is strong in our region,” said Petra Mitchell, president and CEO. “Driven by continued innovation, it is our second fastest growing industry, with average salaries of $57,000. However, we face a daunting challenge because we don’t have enough people with the skills to continue this growth. As a result, jobs remain unfilled while this gap continues to widen.”
The organization presented awards to All-Clad Metalcrafters, Hamill Manufacturing Company and Wojanis Supply Company for work connecting youth with manufacturing careers, and recognized eight additional companies for their continuous improvement success. “Every manufacturer needs to embrace the cause to help students envision careers in our industry. By showcasing innovative, high-paying and technologically savvy careers, we can attract talent to fuel the future of manufacturing,” said Mitchell.
With the generous support of the Alcoa Foundation and the Benedum Foundation, Catalyst Connection offers programs to help companies connect with youth via internships, plant tours, job shadowing, apprenticeships, e-mentoring and Adventures in Technology, which offers youth real-world research projects.
The companies that received awards for their work with youth were:
All-Clad: Washington County
All-Clad Metalcrafters produces professional quality bonded cookware that is widely sought after by the world’s top chefs and passionate home cooks.
Hamill Manufacturing: Westmoreland County
Hamill Manufacturing specializes in precision machining, welding, and fabrication of complex components for a wide variety of industries.
Wojanis Supply Company: Allegheny County
Wojanis Supply Company is a total fluid power facility that encompasses sales, service, design and manufacturing capabilities.
The companies recognized for continuous improvement success include:
Plastikoil of Pennsylvania: Butler County
Plastikoil of PA, Inc. is a full service bindery offering a variety of binding solutions, custom finishing, specialty packaging and fulfillment services.
Environmental Tank & Container: Cambria County
Part of the JWF Industries family of companies, Environmental Tank & Container (ETC) is a leading manufacturer of fluid storage equipment for the oil and gas, industrial and environmental markets.
Jennison Corporation: Allegheny County
Jennison Corporation is a premier tool and die shop that provides a complete range of manufacturing capabilities.
Gerome Manufacturing: Fayette County
Gerome Manufacturing Company, Inc. is a producer of custom precision sheet metal products from their facility.
Advantech US, Inc: Allegheny County
Advantech US, Inc. is an advanced manufacturing company moving from development into commercialization with a game-changing and green technology to additively manufacture electronic sensors, devices, and circuits.
AccuTrex Products: Washington County
AccuTrex Products, Inc. manufactures custom shims, gaskets, metal stampings, sheet metal fabrication and assemblies, as well as laminated materials and products cut from these materials.
All Water Systems: Allegheny County
All Water Systems, Inc. specializes in complete water treatment systems for industrial and commercial applications.
Cleaveland/Price: Westmoreland County
Cleaveland/Price, Inc. manufactures a complete line of group operated switches with a broad line of hookstick operated products.
Information about each company is available at http://catalystconnection.org/admin/uploads/2013-catalyst-connection-annual-report.pdf. Trends about the state of the industry from the Manufacturing Scorecard, which was created by the Pittsburgh Regional Alliance, is available at http://catalystconnection.org/admin/uploads/sw-pa-manufacturing-scorecard-summary-2012.pdf.