Buy Pittsburgh First exists to bring awareness to local industrial companies in western PA. We are a grass roots movement that encourages companies to examine their buying habits and support local supply and service companies. After all, when you buy locally we all win!
SMC acquires Buy Pittsburgh First to boost regional business, keep local economy strong
PITTSBURGH - April 1, 2015-- SMC Business Councils has acquired Buy Pittsburgh First to help small
businesses in the region connect with each other and pump more money into the region's economy.
Buy Pittsburgh First has been helping local buyers and local suppliers find each other since late 2009, one of the
first organized efforts to keep the millions of dollars spent on products and services here in the region. SMC is a
trade association representing about 1,000 manufacturers and small businesses in southwestern Pennsylvania
and the capital region.
C&L Tool Supply is one of those businesses that was built from the ground up, literally. With an inventory of discontinued Ingersoll Rand tools and a Moon Township two-car garage, co-founders Jerry Lingenfelter and Mark Cooper opened their doors for business in 1989. It didn't take long for the company to outgrow the garage. Within the year, C&L Tool Supply operated a storefront, as well as a flourishing wholesale business that continues to sell products from longstanding tool manufacturers to customers across a range of industries.
The best of both worlds. That's how Phil Sonnenklar, CEO, Iron City Workplace Services, describes business as a fifth generation company. "We live by the same family values that have guided our business for nearly 90 years," he notes, "but we've never become stagnant."
Filtech, Inc. specializes in providing our customers with a complete line of filtration equipment and replacement filter elements. Filtration applications include air, liquid, and compressed gas systems. We maintain the area’s largest, most complete, inventory.