SCA Technologies Named in 2013 Consumer Goods Technology Reader’s Choice Survey

 scaSCA Technologies, the leading provider of category sourcing and cost management solutions, announced its selection as an Editor’s Pick by Consumer Goods Technology (CGT) in their 2013 Reader’s Choice Survey.

For the 13th year in a row, CGT polled its readers about their preferred solution and service providers. The annual survey draws on feedback from more than 150 senior-level executives from consumer goods companies of all sizes to rank service and solution providers. The ballot spanned technology categories that reflect today’s top investment priorities for consumer goods companies,

“Consumer goods companies are really struggling to overcome rising commodity prices and constant volatility,” said Alliston Ackerman, editor of CGT.  “With its innovative sourcing and cost management offering, SCA Technologies is poised to help consumer goods companies better manage that volatility across the supply chain and ultimately increase profits,” she continued.

Food and consumer goods leaders use solutions from SCA Technologies to sense changes in demand, commodities or supply and respond quickly to protect margins. Their supply chain, procurement and finance professionals rely on the SCA PlannerTM suite to guide direct materials sourcing decisions for billions in category spend.  By leveraging optimization routines that evaluate the impact of alternative suppliers and materials, and costing capabilities that manage pricing changes SCA Technologies customer enjoy an average 3-5% reduction in the cost of goods sold on an annual basis.

Tech News Week in Review, May 2 – 6, 2011

Without a doubt, there are a ton of things going on in southwestern Pennsylvania’s tech industry right now. Here are just a few short news briefs to get you caught up on some important happenings in the tech sector this week. Enjoy!

Innovative Breast Cancer Test Featured on Dr. Oz Show
May 5 -The availability of Breast Specific Gamma Imaging/Molecular Breast Imaging (BSGI/MBI) is exciting news for women, and viewers of TV’s Dr. Oz show who learned more about the technology on Thurs. May 5 when the popular program host presented “Cancer Detectives: Unlocking the Cure for Our Biggest Health Mystery.” The show broadcast at 12:30 p.m. on NBC/WPXI-TV and is scheduled for 10 p.m. on PCNC.

The innovative BSGI/MBI technology captured local attention in 2007 when Weinstein Imaging Associates, a leading ultrasound and breast imaging facility in Western Pennsylvania, introduced the Greater Pittsburgh tri-state region to this diagnostic procedure that helps to detect breast cancers and evaluate areas of concern on mammogram, ultrasound and physical examinations.

Weinstein Imaging Associates remains the only regional center to offer the test. 
►Physicians from WIA recently presented positive data concerning BSGI/MBI to the Radiological Society of North America and National Institutes of Health.

Since implementing BSGI in May 2007, Weinstein Imaging Associates has used the new technology to perform more than 1,100 tests and has been able to detect additional cancers not seen on mammography or the initial ultrasound.  They also found that BSGI/MBI contributed significantly to improvements in patient care. BSGI/MBI detected breast cancer in 12 of 95 patients or 12.6 percent who had a negative or indeterminate mammogram and normal ultrasound with unresolved clinical concern.

Thar Geothermal Receives Green Building Product Innovation Grant
May 5 – The Green Building Alliance (GBA) has just announced that Thar Geothermal LLC is one of a select group of Pittsburgh-area green product firms chosen to receive a Product Innovation Grant. Thar Geothermal’s project was selected from a highly competitive pool of applications, including past GBA Product Innovation Grant recipients. GBA’s Product Innovation Grants are designed to help recipients accelerate the introduction of green building products to the market while encouraging growth in Pennsylvania’s manufacturing sector. This is the fifth round of grants awarded since GBA began its Green Building Products Initiative in 2006.

Thar Geothermal will utilize the $100,000 GBA Product Innovation Grant to support its development of commercial-scale direct exchange ground source geothermal heat pump technology that employs an all natural refrigerant, carbon dioxide (CO2). This work builds on the success of a previous GBA Product Innovation Grant to Thar in December 2008.

Newton Consulting announces new hires
May 3 – Newton Consulting, LLC, a provider of information technology and human resource management consulting services, recently announced the hiring of two employees.

Jenna Lee Eichenlaub of Greenfield, Pa., joins Newton Consulting’s Talent Acquisition Services practice as Senior Resource Manager. Eichenlaub will be providing recruitment services to help fulfill the internal resource needs for the growing company. Eichenlaub brings over 20 years of experience in sales, recruitment, and human resource management to her new role. She was most recently the Director of Human Resources at Plan4Demand Solutions.

Michelle McKee of Ingomar, Pa., also joins the company’s Talent Acquisition Services practice area as Recruiting Manager and Senior Recruiting Consultant. McKee will be providing recruitment services for clients and business development for the practice area. McKee brings 13 years of experience in both agency and corporate recruiting in a wide variety of industries. She was most recently the Recruiting Lead at Westinghouse Electric Company.

SCA Technologies Moves Global Headquarters
May 3 – Pittsburgh-based SCA Technologies LLC, a leading Intelligent Cost Management Solutions provider, recently announced that the company is moving its global headquarters to a new location at Foster Plaza 6, 681 Andersen Dr., Pittsburgh, PA 15220. The company will be fully moved and will begin operation at the new location on May 9, 2011.

The new site provides SCA Technologies with additional space to grow and secure top talent throughout the Pittsburgh region, while also rewarding its current employees with an exciting, new, ergonomic workplace.

Cargas Systems Promotes Nate Scott to Manager of Sales & Marketing

May 6 – Cargas Systems, an employee-owned software and consulting company, is pleased to announce the promotion of Nate Scott to Manager of Sales & Marketing. Scott will lead revenue and marketing objectives for the company’s vertical software, Cargas Energy as well as their Microsoft Dynamics ERP, CRM and HR practice.

Member Spotlight: Meet the PTC Membership

The Pittsburgh Technology Council has more than 1,300 member companies, all based in SWPA. We’ve got some of the most innovative tech ventures here in our backyard. We thought it would be most excellent to put a small spotlight on a handful of our members each and every week, so you can see the great diversity and talent that we have out there.  We encourage you to learn more about these technology companies:

Insight Rising - Insight Rising is a corporate services and consulting firm that works with companies and non-profit organizations to create more sustainable enterprises. Insight Rising uses a unique approach in our work with clients that increases profits, competitive advantage, and enterprise valuation through developing sustainable practices and socially responsibility activities using decision guidelines consistent with the client’s normal decision processes.

MECCO – MECCO offers the latest innovations in direct part marking for traceability, verification, and part identification in manufacturing, assembly, and other harsh environments. MECCO features a full range of marking technology, including MeccoMark fiber lasers, as well as CO2, diode-pumped, and flash lamp lasers as well as a complete line of dot-peen indent markers with portable, benchtop, integrated, and custom systems available.

New Perspective Productions – New Perspective is a full-service provider of corporate video, broadcast TV and radio spots and interactive multimedia solutions, including CD and DVD authoring and specialized Internet applications.

Pennatronics Corporation – Pennatronics Corporation provides electronic manufacturing services on a contract basis to original equipment manufacturers. We have a state-of-the-art facility in western Pennsylvania capable of assembling leading-edge component and design technology used in the printed circuit industry.

Reclamere – Established in 2001, Reclamere is a leader in Data Security and IT Asset Management specializing in the following services: Deployment of new IT equipment, data recovery,  computer forensics and e-Forensics litigation support, IT Audits & Assessments, on and off-site data destruction, redeployment of older and/or obsolete IT equipment and compliant recycling of IT equipment. Reclamere’s reputation is built on quality, value, and integrity.

SCA Technologies, LLC – SCA Technologies is the leading provider of Intelligent Cost Management solutions. Our methodologies focus clients’ enterprise processes on anticipating changes and taking timely action. Our solutions predict the impact of changes in demand and operations on revenue, cost and profits that drive decision making to improve results in anticipation of changes.

Sustainable Pittsburgh – Sustainable Pittsburgh affects decision-making in the Pittsburgh region to integrate economic prosperity, social equity, and environmental quality bringing sustainable solutions to communities and businesses.

Thar Technologies – Thar Technologies, Inc., is a global leader in supercritical fluid technology whose single-point-of-access platform delivers supercritical fluid process and equipment technologies to the food, chemical, electronics and pharmaceutical industries.

True Commerce, Inc. – TrueCommerce is a Pittsburgh-based EDI solutions provider founded in 1995. From the beginning, the company vision has been to provide small to mid-tier companies with a comprehensive, end-to-end EDI solution that is easy to implement and fully integrates with their accounting software.

Upper Cut Studios – Upper Cut Studios Inc.  is a production company that provides a full spectrum of motion graphics, animations, special effects and on-camera talent and a competitive edge that has Pittsburgh advertising agencies looking. Working with the largest regional advertising agencies, Upper Cut offers spacious editorial suites;  RED One Digital Camera in 4K resolution to create a master archive that can be used in SD, or HD;  a full multimedia studio for on-camera  talent and production shoots, plus video conferencing technology for casting talent.