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Fired Up About STEM

You probably know that most car engines burn gasoline to create power, which is why they’re called combustion engines. But many furnaces also rely on combustion to produce heat by burning coal, natural gas, or oil. These furnaces range from small pieces of equipment used to heat our homes to massive units responsible for melting raw materials in places like steel mills. Combustion is a chemical process between substances (oxygen is usually one of them) that produces heat. Anyone who has sat around a campfire, lit a candle, looked at the stars, or watched a rocket launch has witnessed combustion. Even though it’s all around us, we don’t often think about the chemical process taking place, or

She didn't quit, she didn't cry, she became a union carpenter

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Top 20 Facts About Manufacturing

1. In the most recent data, manufacturers contributed $2.18 trillion to the U.S. economy in 2016. This figure has risen since the second quarter of 2009, when manufacturers contributed $1.70 trillion. Over that same time frame, value-added output from durable goods manufacturing grew from $0.87 trillion to $1.20 trillion, with nondurable goods output up from $0.85 trillion to $1.00 trillion. In 2016, manufacturing accounted for 11.7 percent of GDP in the economy. (Source: Bureau of Economic Analysis) 2. For every $1.00 spent in manufacturing, another $1.81 is added to the economy. That is the highest multiplier effect of any economic sector. In addition, for every one worker in manufacturing

In Pittsburgh, baby products get smart

A stroller that folds and unfolds like origami at the touch of a button. A Bluetooth-enabled bouncy seat that mimics the natural movements parents make to comfort a baby. A self-installing car seat. For decades, baby gear was pretty much the same: bulky and frequently confounding to its adult users. In 2006, 4moms launched in Pittsburgh with the idea that by leveraging robotics and innovative design, the company could transform the industry. Today, the Steel City standout continues to roll out groundbreaking products, while its 4moms Cares program supports children and families nationwide. The company is the brainchild of roboticist Henry Thorne and entrepreneur Rob Daley, who met over lunch

Manufacturing is a Bright Spot in a Subdued Jobs Report

MACUNGIE, Pa. — At the sprawling Mack Trucks factory here, the last of the workers laid off in 2016 after sales slowed down are back on the line, and for the first time in years, the company is hiring new employees. The turnabout in the Lehigh Valley, whose shuttered factories inspired Billy Joel’s elegiac 1980s song “Allentown,” was evident more broadly on Friday, when the Labor Department reported that manufacturers nationwide added workers last month at the fastest pace in more than four years. Hiring in other sectors was more muted, with the economy creating 156,000 jobs, fewer than expected and well off the much bigger employment gains earlier this summer. The unemployment rate edged up

Curious contraptions of yesterday's workplaces

BBC - Capital If you’ve been in the workplace long enough, no doubt there’s a lengthy list of the technology you’ve cast aside. Fax machines, pagers and copiers the size of a small car are all tools that were marvels of their time but have been replaced in the steady march of technical innovation. Despite their obsolescence, there’s something we can learn from them, says Steven J. Hansman, a futurist and expert on emerging and past technologies. Sometimes it’s about knowing when to act on a good idea, Hansman says. Other times it’s deciding to hold on to something that’s tried-and-tested instead of jumping on the newest gadget. Other times, it’s judging when an upgrade is in order. Here are

Beverly Rapp of the PA Department of Labor and Industry Receives Community Service Award

​​ Beverly Rapp, Northwest Pennsylvania Rapid Response Coordinator and Workforce Development Analyst for the PA Department of Labor and Industry, recently received the John David Dever Memorial Award for outstanding community service in Erie County. Bev has been a strong supporter of the SEWN Program for a number of years, working tirelessly with our directors to save and protect vital manufacturing companies and jobs throughout Western Pennsylvania. The United Way of Erie County presented Bev with the John David Dever Memorial Award. The Award is granted annually in memory of a man who spent his life serving others. Mr Dever served his community through membership on various Councils and Co

Beating the Drum for Apprenticeships

Apprenticeships at Stober Drive[if lte IE 9]> <link type="text/css" rel="stylesheet" href="http://www.industryweek.com/sites/industryweek.com/files/css/css_9wlfiD8oXTbaPtNZgtEQpGROzLEj2b7PKL2hqYQntyI.css" media="all" /> <![endif] HTML5 element support for IE6-8 [if lt IE 9]> <![endif] StartFragmentStober Drives' Peter Feil shares the big-picture reasons for having solid workforce development programs in place at his company.EndFragment Peter Feil sees apprenticeships not just as a way to fill skilled jobs in rural communities - he sees them as a savior for small towns. With Millennials more likely to relocate to urban areas than their generational predecessors, “anything we can do t

Vocademy - An Industry-Driven Solution to the Skills Gap?

California Entrepreneur Takes on the Skills Gap | Makers[if lte IE 9]> <link type="text/css" rel="stylesheet" href="http://www.industryweek.com/sites/industryweek.com/files/css/css_9wlfiD8oXTbaPtNZgtEQpGROzLEj2b7PKL2hqYQntyI.css" media="all" /> <![endif] HTML5 element support for IE6-8 [if lt IE 9]> <![endif] Late last month, I had the opportunity to visit Vocademy – the Makerspace in Riverside, Calif. Vocademy is a combination of the "best parts of makerspaces, school shop classes, trade schools, R&D labs, and dream garages, all in one place." Vocademy is the fulfillment of the dream of Gene Sherman "to solve the skills gap for the manufacturing industry." His goal is to replicate

COLUMN: Now is the time to focus on future Pennsylvania jobs

NOTE FROM THE SVA AND SEWN: The SVA and the SEWN Program are proud to honor Pennsylvania’s and the nation’s strong manufacturing heritage. The SEWN Program actively works to restore and retain manufacturing jobs throughout the Commonwealth. We recognize that, in order to maintain a healthy economy, manufacturing holds the key to prosperity due to its greater economic impact in both upstream and downstream job creation. Last year alone, SEWN worked with a total of 85 small- to medium-sized manufacturing firms statewide, preserving and protecting 1820 jobs, impacting a total of 5,241 jobs and resulting in a greater economic impact of more than $1.52 billion (PA Department of Labor and Industry

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