Ace Wire Spring & Form Co., Inc. Hires Quality Manager

Scott Lovra joins Ace Wire Spring & Form Co., Inc. as the manufacturer’s new Quality Manager. He brings over 12 years of experience in the Quality and Engineering fields. Lovra’s previous positions include Quality Process Analyst at Heritage Valley Health Systems and Director of Quality, Environmental Director, Health and Safety Director at Pannier Corporation.

As Quality Process Analyst at Heritage Valley, his responsibilities included facilitating the improvement of work processes with the organization, and analyzing business processes with the Six Sigma technique. While at Pannier Corporation, he oversaw the corporate ISO 9000 and TS-16949 quality programs, in addition to the ISO-14001 Environmental program.

Lovra is a certified Software Engineer, certified Six Sigma Green Belt, and has completed Six Sigma Black Belt training.He replaces Bob Jessep, who retired in May 2014 after working for the company for 20 years.

Ace Wire Spring & Form Co., Inc. has been a leading manufacturer of custom springs and wire forms for 75 years. For more information, visit


The Governor’s JOBS1st Summit – August 25-26 – David L. Lawrence Convention Center

Having a workforce ready to tackle the jobs of the 21st century is critical to the overall health of our economy. Pennsylvania’s premier JOBS1st Summit will build on Governor Tom Corbett’s efforts to align education, training, and technology resources to better connect employees with employer needs. The Summit will encourage conversations and connections between leaders and innovators and will examine opportunities to integrate technology, creativity and leadership into workforce development.

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List your STEM internships for free with STEMisphere!

Carnegie Science Center has developed STEMisphere – a website dedicated to linking students and parents with information about science, technology, engineering and math. Does your organization offer summer internships, that can help students (PreK through Grade 12) build a STEM career? Or camps, classes and other resources? We want to know! Learn more about how you can be listed for free in our online directory.

You can get additional benefits by joining the STEMisphere as a partner! All we ask in return is that you display the STEMisphere logo (image file attached) with a link to on your website.

By becoming a Resource Partner, we will:

  • Add your organization information including a link to your website on our Partners Page.
  • Add one Facebook announcement (written by you) to our Facebook fans – we encourage you to include an image or post to highlight your organization.
  • Add two Tweets to our followers – please include your Twitter handle and limit the tweet to 140 characters.
  • If you have  a STEM-related article that would be appropriate for us to include in our ‘News and Events’ section, we’d be happy to include it as well.

We would love to hear your opinion on how you think the STEMisphere website looks and functions. Once you’ve had a chance to check it out, please take a few minutes to complete a short survey.

We thank you for your contribution to strengthening STEM education!

PPG donates $65,000 for STEM education programs for girls

The PPG Industries Foundation donated $65,000 for educational programs that aim to teach girls about science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) and encourage them to pursue careers in related fields.

The initial grant, to Twin Cities Public Television (tpt) in Minnesota, supports national programming of “SciGirls,” a PBS television show for young people ages 8-13 that showcases girls using science and engineering in their daily lives. This is the second year the foundation has supported the program and partnered with tpt to have PPG Industries (NYSE:PPG) scientists show teachers in their communities how resources associated with the “SciGirls” program can be used in the classroom to spark STEM interest.

The three grants that fund related programming in PPG communities support the following:

  • Challenger Learning Center of Northern Nevada in Reno – near PPG’s McCarran, Nevada, architectural coatings plant – inviting seven Girl Scouts troops to participate in “SciGirls”/Challenger Center Simulated Space Missions to Mars;
  • Sci-Quest Hands-on Science Center in Huntsville, Alabama, where PPG operates an aerospace manufacturing facility, developing a “SciGirls” after-school club for girls; and
  • WQED Multimedia in Pittsburgh, where PPG Industries’ (NYSE:PPG) global headquarters is located, holding a “SciGirls” parent forum/workshop to discuss the importance of STEM education for girls.

“Our primary funding focus is on education, particularly pertaining to STEM subjects, and these programs all demonstrate creative ways to engage young people – especially girls – in STEM learning in our PPG communities,” said Sue Sloan, executive director, PPG Industries Foundation. “PPG is pleased to support these organizations in stimulating interest in these areas and helping develop tomorrow’s scientists and workforce.”

Established in 1951, the PPG Industries Foundation demonstrates the values of PPG Industries by enhancing the quality of life in communities where the company has a presence. Interests of the foundation, in order of priority, are education, human services, culture and arts, and civic and community affairs. PPG also supports charitable causes by encouraging employees’ volunteerism and board service with nonprofit organizations. For more information, visit

About SciGirls

SciGirls ( is an Emmy award-winning television program and transmedia program that draws on cutting-edge research about what engages girls in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) learning and careers. The PBS television show, destination website, and education and outreach have reached over 14 million girls, educators, and families, making it the most widely accessed girls’ STEM program available nationally.

About tpt

The mission of tpt is to “enrich lives and strengthen our community through the power of media.” As one of the nation’s leading public media organizations, tpt uses television, interactive media, and community engagement to advance education, culture and citizenship. Over its 50 plus year history, tpt has been recognized for its innovation and creativity with numerous awards, including Peabody awards and national and regional Emmys. For more information about tpt, visit our website at


PPG Industries’ vision is to continue to be the world’s leading coatings and specialty materials company. Through leadership in innovation, sustainability and color, PPG helps customers in industrial, transportation, consumer products, and construction markets and aftermarkets to enhance more surfaces in more ways than does any other company. Founded in 1883, PPG has global headquarters in Pittsburgh and operates in nearly 70 countries around the world. Net sales in 2013 were $15.1 billion. PPG shares are traded on the New York Stock Exchange (symbol: PPG). For more information, visit and follow @PPGIndustries on Twitter.

Bringing innovation to the surface is a trademark of PPG Industries Ohio, Inc.

Lester Fortney is named new PIPLA President

Lester N. Fortney, a Director of The Webb Law Firm, was named President of the Pittsburgh Intellectual Property Law Association (PIPLA). Mr. Fortney previously served as Vice President of the organization and will be assuming the top leadership role at PIPLA for the 2014-2015 term. PIPLA is an association for Intellectual Property attorneys that provides continuing legal education and legal resources for its members. PIPLA annually presents an Inventor of the Year Award to inventors who directly benefit the Western Pennsylvania region, and also annually presents an Intellectual Property Leadership Award to a local law student to honor excellence and achievement in the field of intellectual property.

Mr. Fortney is an Intellectual Property attorney with a background in chemistry and chemical engineering. He earned a B.S. in Chemistry from Messiah College and an M.A. in Physical Chemistry from The University of Texas at Austin. He also holds a J.D. degree from the Notre Dame School of Law and is a veteran of the U.S. Navy. Mr. Fortney joined The Webb Law Firm in 1993.

The Webb Law Firm has been helping innovators safeguard their discoveries, advance their technologies and achieve historic milestones since 1845. The Firm’s patent attorneys hold dual degrees in law and the sciences and combine their legal expertise with an in-depth personal understanding of business and industry. The Webb Law Firm is located in One Gateway Center in downtown Pittsburgh.