Catalyst

Premiering in 2006, the PA Chamber's full-color statewide quarterly magazine, Catalyst, boasts a readership of more than 15,000 business professionals and elected officials across the Commonwealth. Through print and digital editions, readers can explore insightful articles by and about PA Chamber members, as well as legislative and regulatory updates.

Business Spotlight
Business Spotlight
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Complete profile of a PA Chamber Investor Member company that covers their history, operations, plans for the future and economic impact to the Commonwealth.

Here For Good
Here For Good
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Featuring PA Chamber member companies that are helping their workers and communities through philanthropic efforts.

Made in PA
Made in PA
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Highlights the recognizable and not-so-well-known products made in the Commonwealth by PA Chamber members.

Small Business Big Voice
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Showcases a small PA Chamber member company describing their goods and services, as well as the benefits and challenges they experience doing business in Pennsylvania.

Graphcom Produces Masks for Frontline Workers

Graphcom has always had a “culture of good” initiative. The full-service Gettysburg-based marketing firm feels strongly that it is important to be good stewards and do whatever they can to help support the communities where their clients, friends, and partners live, work, and play, not just in times of need, but always. It’s part of the culture at Graphcom, and they live it every day.

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The GIANT Company: Essential Workers Helping Communities in More Ways Than One

One of the great lessons that has already been learned from the COVID-19 pandemic – which, as of this writing, continues on a global scale – is the importance of essential workers in getting our society through this difficult time. As Americans are being asked to stay at home and practice social distancing to combat the virus, there are some whose presence in the workplace continues to be vital. Food industry workers – from growers to the production line to transport, to those who stock the shelves and engage with customers at the point of sale – are at the front lines of this pandemic, and the employees of The GIANT Company are among them.

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PPG Donates 80,000 Masks to Hospitals in Five Cities, Including Pittsburgh, to Support Coronavirus Relief Efforts

PPG recently donated 80,000 masks to hospitals in Pittsburgh, New York, Cleveland, Detroit and Huntsville, Ala., in support of Coronavirus relief efforts.

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Eliminating Unwarranted Regulations Can Unlock Pennsylvania’s Potential

Winter 2020 | By Senator Camera Bartolotta

In speaking with business owners throughout the 46th Senatorial District, one of the most frequent concerns I hear is the threat of government burying industries in mountains of regulations and red tape. Many laws created in Harrisburg are borne out of good intentions, but ultimately result in expensive headaches for businesses across the Commonwealth.

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Fair Chance Licensing Strengthens our Workforce

Winter 2020 | By Senator John DiSanto

In this era of partisan bickering, it often seems as if there is little Republicans and Democrats can accomplish. But despite all the gridlock reported in media headlines, the Pennsylvania State Senate recently approved my bill, S.B. 637, by a unanimous vote.  Their strong support for the legislation further underscores an emerging bipartisan consensus towards commonsense criminal justice reform that facilitates former inmates’ successful re-entry into our workforce and communities.

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Custom Engineering Company, United Way Helping to Beat Cycle of Poverty Through Community Schools Initiative

Winter 2020 | By James Ohrn

Custom Engineering Company is an Erie-based manufacturing facility providing medium-to-heavy metal fabrication and machining services, serving both domestic and foreign customers for more than 65 years. The company’s senior leadership team includes Board Chairman Thomas B. Hagen — who previously served as chairman of the PA Chamber’s Board of Directors — and President and CEO David M. Tullio, who is a current member of the PA Chamber’s Board. Both of these business leaders have generously committed a great deal of their time and resources to further the interests of social service and economic development organizations in the Erie region, as well as statewide.

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Lockheed Martin: Innovating with Purpose, in Pennsylvania and Beyond

Winter 2020

Lockheed Martin is a global security and aerospace company that solves the toughest technology challenges for customers around the world.

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The Crayola Brand - Making its Colorful Mark in PA Since 1900

Winter 2020

Crayola believes in unleashing the creativity and self-expression that lives in the hearts of kids young and old around the world. The company’s mission to help parents and educators raise creatively-alive children is carried out in Pennsylvania by more than half of its 2,000 employees worldwide.

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Green T Design: Creative Marketing Starts Here

Winter 2020

The first thing most people exclaim when they walk into the downtown Carlisle office of Green T Design is “I feel like I’m in a big city!” The ambiance is warm and inviting, with a bright green modern flair. The attention to detail in every office highlights the focus we have on Image and Branding while supporting a robust array of traditional and digital marketing services.

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Protecting Small Business Against Cyber-Attacks Crucial Component to Long-Term Success

Fall 2019

Many small businesses have the misconception that they aren’t likely to be the target of a cyber-attack. But the data shows otherwise. In our increasingly high-tech world, cyber-criminals don’t discriminate when it comes to hacking into systems to steal information. In fact, more than 43 percent of cyber-attacks target small businesses. It’s become an all too common problem facing small businesses throughout the country. One that Mechanicsburg-based Appalachia Technologies LLC, a full-service Information Technology support and security company, sees on a regular basis and works with businesses to combat. 

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Private Sector as the New Geopolitical Battlespace

Fall 2019

Whether you’re a small or large company, domestic or international, the U.S. private sector has become the new geopolitical battlespace. This is the realm of asymmetric warfare wherein nation-states like China, Russia, Iran and others are targeting companies in nearly every U.S. sector for theft of intellectual property and trade secrets, cyber espionage, theft of personal data and other activities.

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CmxSA: Leading America’s Metal Manufacturing Industry With Investment, Future Plans for Growth in Pa.

Fall 2019

Nestled beside the Susquehanna River in Lancaster County sits the small town of Columbia, Pennsylvania.  With a centralized location to Lancaster, York and Harrisburg, as well as close proximity to major Northeast cities, Columbia is a perfect location for businesses wanting easy access to markets up and down the East Coast.

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Revitalizing Pittsburgh’s North Shore

Fall 2019

Pittsburgh’s history is forged in steel. Its future is based in Tech and Medicine.

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Pennsylvania’s Workforce and Long-Term Care: Erasing the ‘Mob’ Mentality

Fall 2019

I was always a big fan of The Sopranos. A New Jersey mobster battling both his professional and personal ‘family’ life? Count me in. I watched every episode, even when I was too young to understand some of the more profane words and expressions (and there were plenty).

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How I See It: Where Criminal Justice and the Workforce Intersect

Summer 2019

Vincent readily admits he was immature in his early 20s, a time when he was partying and convicted of driving under the influence, making false statements to police and retail theft.

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RegWatch: Trump Administration Regulatory Reforms Pave the Way for Stronger Economy

Summer 2019

This past June, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency invited the PA Chamber to take part in the formal rule signing for the Affordable Clean Energy rule, the replacement regulation for the Obama Administration’s Clean Power Plan. The event took place at the EPA’s Headquarters in Washington D.C., and I was honored to represent the members of the PA Chamber at the event.

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An Innovative Partnership: The High Companies, Thaddeus Stevens College Engaged in Unique Effort to Build PA’s 21st Century Workforce

Summer 2019

One of the breakout sessions during the PA Chamber’s first-ever Innovation Summit in May featured a discussion by Thaddeus Stevens College President Dr. William Griscom, and High Companies CEO Mike Shirk, about their respective organizations’ unique partnership. The school and the corporation are working together to ensure that students graduate with the skills necessary to enter into promising careers — many of which are at the High Companies — that not only pay well, but have a clear path to future success.  This workforce-centric collaboration is helping to address Pennsylvania’s jobs skills gap while also ensuring that the talent and work ethic the Thaddeus Stevens College helps to instill is staying right here in the Commonwealth. 

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Taking the World by STORM

Summer 2019

Harrisburg University of Science and Technology, a private, STEM-focused institution founded in 2001, is considered an infant in the world of academia.  However, in just 20 years since its founding, the university is (quite literally) taking the world by Storm. As if offering unique degree options such as Information Technologies, Manufacturing, Healthcare Informatics, Biotechnology, Analytics and Media Systems isn’t enough, the university has risen to the top of the STEM platform again with the launch of the first varsity sports program at HU — eSports.

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Innovative technology in water: Ultraviolet light in the water treatment process

Summer 2019

At Aqua Pennsylvania, we take seriously our responsibility of protecting and providing water services for the communities we serve. Water is Earth’s most precious resource and we know our customers rely on us to provide safe, reliable water each and every day. As such, Aqua is always looking for new and innovative ways to improve our water treatment process to best serve our customers while also protecting the environment. 

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Healthcare Innovation: An Expensive Landscape

Summer 2019

Innovation in healthcare is happening, and it’s happening quickly. In addition to care-delivery advances, evolving payer models, and shifting funding arrangements, perhaps the single most important revolution impacting care and its associated economics relates to pharmaceuticals. Research and development appears to be focused — nearly exclusively — on low frequency, high cost therapies targeted to improve the quality of life for a small population segment with severe needs.

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First Pennsylvania Innovation Summit Promotes Culture of Idea Sharing

Summer 2019

Innovation. The word itself has various connotations. Whether it’s pushing forward new technologies; adopting a science-driven approach to your operations (think robotics); or thinking outside the box to ensure your company’s relevancy and attract new consumer markets, innovation is critical to the heart and operation of many 21st century businesses. 

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AHEDD: A Resource to Find and Keep Diverse Talent

Businesses that employ people with disabilities not only fill available labor needs, but often realize additional benefits and business opportunities. Employees with disabilities often assist companies in reaching NEW markets, suggesting product and process improvements, improving an organization's turnover rates and much more.

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RETTEW Celebrates 50 Years of Change with Move to 100 Percent Employee Ownership

Spring 2019

Fifty years ago, Neil Armstrong took man’s first step on the moon, the Beatles recorded Abbey Road, Sesame Street premiered on PBS and a Lancaster County-based engineering and surveying firm opened its doors for business.

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JPL: Pennsylvania's Marketing Powerhouse

Spring 2019

If you’ve experienced any of the PA Chamber’s last 17 annual dinners in the Hershey Lodge’s Great American Hall, you probably think of JPL as a premier event producer.

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Hydro Extrusions North America: One of Southeast Pennsylvania’s Biggest Employers

Spring 2019

Hydro, a global supplier of aluminum products, is Schuylkill County’s largest manufacturing employer, operating a production facility in Cressona. A fixture in the community since the 1940s, the plant makes extruded products that serve a variety of industries, including construction, automotive, transportation and energy.

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Ace Wire Spring & Form Co.: Celebrating 80 Years in McKees Rocks, Pa.

Spring 2019

For 80 years, Ace Wire Spring & Form Co., Inc. has worked in the custom spring manufacturing industry.  Since its beginning, Ace Wire Spring has been a family owned and operated business, always staying close to its roots in the community of McKees Rocks, right outside of Pittsburgh, PA.

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SBA, Trump Administration Delivering on Policies that are Helping Small Businesses Thrive

Spring 2019

As President Trump noted in this year’s State of the Union address, America is “at a moment of unlimited potential.” Since his election, America has created 5.3 million new jobs. Wages are rising, unemployment is dropping. And our economy is the envy of the world.

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PSECU Reaffirms Commitment to Environmental Sustainability, Encourages Others to Join the Cause Through Membership

Spring 2019

Imagine if everyone made environmental sustainability a priority. Small changes in daily consumption and disposal practices can make a big difference. Compounded over weeks, months and years, the benefits become even more significant and can make vast changes to the ecological health of the communities we all share.

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GIANT Food Stores Gain National Recognition for Minimizing Environmental Impact, Maximizing Food Donations

Spring 2019

In December 2018, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recognized GIANT Food Stores, LLC of Carlisle, PA for its food recovery achievements that include donating more than 3.9 million pounds of food to food banks in 2017. This is equal to 3,268,333 meals served. 

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Peoples Gas and Environmental Defense Fund Work Together to Cut Methane Emissions

Spring 2019

This year, Peoples Gas is working to cut its methane emissions by 50 percent within the city limits of Pittsburgh. The utility hopes to accomplish this by using advanced leak detection instrumentation and a new methodology developed by the Environmental Defense Fund and Google Earth Outreach to map and measure natural gas leaks issuing from underground pipes.

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Enterprise Ventures Corporation: Company’s Innovative System Saves Water — a Resource Too Precious to Use Only Once

Spring 2019

The need to conserve water is becoming more critical. The Environmental Protection Agency reports that at least 40 states anticipate water shortages by 2024. One of the EPA’s tactics to counter the increasing water scarcity is to recycle water so that it can be reused.

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Cabot Oil & Gas Corporation: Energy Education Bringing Science and Technology to Life

Spring 2019

Cabot Oil & Gas Corporation is expanding its partnership with the Oilfield Energy Center to enhance STEM education for middle-school age students via the Mobile Oilfield Learning Unit.

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SERVPRO: Making Things Right for Customers, Communities Across Pennsylvania

Summer 2017

SERVPRO Fire & Water - Cleanup & RestorationSERVPRO is the leading provider of fire and water damage restoration in the United States and Canada. Headquartered in Gallatin, Tennessee, SERVPRO has more than 1,700 franchises nationwide, with professionals available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year who are ready to restore your property quickly and efficiently. Their goal is always to make it seem as though any customer’s emergency never even happened.

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