Workplace Development is the New Workforce Development

By Matt Fieldman, Executive Director of America Works Growing up, my parents used to always joke that we needed a money tree to provide endless funding for my many expensive tastes. Today, American manufacturers joke that they need a “skilled…

Leading a Legacy

Experience and legacy are two words that come to mind when you visit Graham Stamping. Manufacturing has a rich history in Pennsylvania, and my recent tour at this company in Mercer County exemplifies that fact. They epitomize how a company’s…

Machining Concepts: Strategic Planning for a Path to Recovery

Machining Concepts (MC) is a contract machine shop located in Erie, PA specializing in precision CNC machining, drilling, boring, cutting,  mill and lathe work. The company produces high precision CNC machined parts for customers in various markets, including Aerospace, Electronics,…

Finding and Keeping Employees

by Susan Hileman, NWIRC, COVID-19 Recovery Program Manager The number one issue from manufacturers we visit across the region is finding and retaining employees. While manufacturing is regaining strength, so is the labor shortage. There is no doubt there were…

Pancakes and Planning

Morning workshops for getting started with a strategic plan are scheduled at locations around the region in September and October. The goal of these no-cost sessions is to provide small manufacturers a launch pad to develop a new or updated…

Your Big Idea Could be Worth Big Bucks!

Ben Franklin Technology Partners, an award-winning, tech-based economic development program, is offering emerging entrepreneurs and small manufacturers the opportunity to participate in a fun, risk-free $50,000 BIG IDEA Contest.  In the past few years – maybe because of the popularity…

CMMC – e-Book with the Basics

Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification CMMC is a certification of a company’s cybersecurity. There will be five levels of CMMC certification, ranging from basic cyber hygiene practices (Level 1), all the way to the most sophisticated cybersecurity efforts for the most…

Manufacturing Connections via B2B Website

For more than two years, GR8T Manufacturing (a next generation industry partnership for northwest PA), had been discussing the need for manufacturers in the region to better connect, especially for trying to source products and services on a regional level…