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PRESS RELEASE: Fluid Power Challenge Introduces Local Middle School Students to Specialized Engineering Through a Hands-On, Real-World STEM Experience

ROBINSON TOWNSHIP, PA (April 12, 2016) - On April 5, more than 120 students from Allegheny County middle schools completed the second segment of a two-part team competition centered on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). The Fluid Power Challenge, organized by the Pennsylvania Small Business Education Fund (PSBEF) and held in Robinson Township, Pa., provides middle-schools students an engaging and interactive introduction to fluid power engineering and inspires them to consider careers in related industries.

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Observer Reporter: SMC Business Councils launches online buyers guide

April 1, 2016 CRANBERRY — SMC Business Councils has launched SOURCE Engine, a comprehensive online directory of regional suppliers to underscore the importance of area companies buying from local suppliers.

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PRESS RELEASE: Local Website Sources Thousands of Tools, Parts and Components to the Manufacturing Community

CRANBERRY TOWNSHIP, PA (March 29, 2016) - Recognizing the importance of buying from local suppliers, BuyPittsburghFirst, a division of the SMC Business Councils, has launched SOURCE Engine, a comprehensive online directory of regional suppliers. SOURCE Engine can be found on the www.buypittsburghfirst.com website and connects manufacturers and industrial companies with local suppliers to find the tools, equipment, products and services to run their business. Based in Western Pennsylvania, BuyPittsburghFirst features regional companies whose products and tools are needed by thousands of regional manufacturers and industrial companies.

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Pittsburgh Post Gazette: Etsy spawns a match between jewelry maker and metals company

March 28, 2016 Melissa Frost, a jewelry maker based in Lawrenceville, knew a laser cutter could help speed up production of her handcrafted metal earrings, bracelets and necklaces. Brad Harrison, director of business development at E.H. Schwab, a metal spinning firm in Turtle Creek that has a high-powered laser on its production line, was scouting for new specialty markets as his company tries to diversify its heavy industrial base, which includes longtime customers such as Allegheny Technologies and General Electric.

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Pittsburgh Post Gazette: Etsy wants to link designers with Pittsburgh manufacturing firms

March 9, 2016 Etsy, the online marketplace for crafters and artisans, is seeking small manufacturers in the Pittsburgh region to help its million-plus sellers and designers grow their enterprises. The Brooklyn, N.Y.-based e-commerce site on Tuesday invited local craft businesses, small manufacturers and economic development groups who might assist them in forming partnerships to the Energy Innovation Center in the Hill District to brief them on the new Etsy Manufacturing initiative.

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eCommerce Bytes: Funding Program to be Announced at Etsy Manufacturers Event

March 1, 2016 Some people may find it strange to see Etsy courting manufacturers, given its strong brand as a marketplace for handmade items, with even vintage and supplies taking a back seat in terms of branding. But this week, Etsy invited manufacturers in Pittsburgh to a special event on March 8th to learn more about the Etsy Manufacturing program, a new marketplace that connects manufacturers with Etsy designers.

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Trib Live: Students learn team building at Fluid Power Challenge at Penn State Fayette

October 3, 2015 Students from 23 area junior high and middle schools in Fayette and Westmoreland counties convened recently at Penn State Fayette, The Eberly Campus, for the second annual Williams Fluid Power Challenge.

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Eris Interactive Group Helps Businesses Protect & Optimize Data

Cybersecurity is a topic that should be on the minds of businesses large and small. People and robots continually scan the internet, looking for vulnerabilities, warns Mike Gualtieri, founder and CEO of Eris Interactive Group (Eris - https://goeris.com). "Companies often assume they are not large enough to be targeted," he says, "and too often they recognize the risk only after their information has been compromised."

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Wojanis Supply Keeps Hydraulic Equipment & Systems Running Smoothly

Fluid power, or hydraulics, is a unique niche in today's energy sector, and Pittsburgh-based Wojanis Supply Company is among a handful of companies positioned to fill that niche. Wojanis specializes in distribution and repair, and also in the development of hydraulically-engineered solutions.

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Successful Diversification The Jennison Way

If it sounds like a good idea, we'll give it a try. That, says Deb Jennison, characterizes the entrepreneurial spirit of the founder of Jennison Corporation, her father, Tom Jennison. Since their father's untimely passing in early 2015, Deb Jennison and her brother, Michael, have taken the helm as the company's next generation of leadership.

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What Pittsburgh, AutoZone and Denzel Washington Have in Common?

It's hard to explain a logical connection between AutoZone and Denzel Washington, unless that is, you're talking about the client list of St. Moritz's Security Services, Inc.

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Supplying What the "Big Box" Retailers Can't

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.

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Five Generations Strong

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."

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Measuring Profit through a New Filter

To many people, filters and filtration are nearly one and the same. To Harry Elinsky, Jr., however, the two terms differentiate his business from that of his competitors. Mr. Elinsky is the CEO of Filtech, Inc., a West Homestead-based distributor that provides filtration solutions to manufacturing, commercial, energy and healthcare organizations across the Tri--State Area.

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An Inside Look at the Material Movers

Since the day Equipco (Division of Phillips Corp.) opened its doors in 1944, the company's name has been nearly synonymous with Hyster forklifts. While that statement is still accurate, it is much too narrow a definition for a company that has kept pace with advances in technology and other industry shifts. Today, Bridgeville-headquartered Equipco delivers material handling solutions that help companies save hundreds of thousands of dollars.

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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.

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