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
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.

Leading by Learning: The GIANT Company Strives for a More Equal, Inclusive Workplace

Fall 2021

More and more businesses nationwide are having conversations about how to combat inequality in the workforce. Equality of Opportunity — the goal to ensure that every citizen has access to the skills and education that will lead them down a successful career pathway — is at the heart of the PA Chamber’s “Bringing PA Back” mission. To that end, we look toward member companies that are putting words to action through impactful Diversity, Equity and Inclusion programs that celebrate the unique talents each person brings to the table. One such company is The GIANT Company.

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Wabtec: Transforming the Rail Industry

Fall 2021

Headquartered by the banks of the Allegheny River, Wabtec has been a part of Pittsburgh and the Pennsylvania business community for more than 150 years. The company was founded by George Westinghouse in 1869 and, today, is a leader in freight rail, manufacturing advanced locomotives, freight rail parts and components, as well as advanced network logistics and digital solutions. Wabtec has grown to more than 27,000 employees in more than 50 countries. Today, the company is the largest freight locomotive manufacturer, moving more than 20 percent of the world’s freight.

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Dawood Drives Business Growth, Expands Globally

Fall 2021

Harrisburg-based Dawood Engineering is growing its business and elevating its technology offering. In August, the 29-year-old firm acquired ArchiTube — a 3D Building Information Modeling company in Czestochowa, Poland. The move extends Dawood operations in 11 European and Asian countries and adds BIM to its suite of solutions.

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PA Chamber Foundation: Setting up Students for Future Success in PA

Fall 2021

Pennsylvania is home to a number of world-class educational and skills training programs — but did you know it’s also a great place to pursue a rewarding career?

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Vistra, Dynegy Investments Power PA Communities

Fall 2021

By Colin Fitzsimmons and Brad Watson

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Parker LORD: Strengthening our Position to Better Serve Global Customers

Fall 2021

It was the roaring 20s, shortly after World War, when industrial and manufacturing business sectors saw unprecedented growth. Soldiers were returning home, business ingenuity was vibrant, and jobs became increasingly plentiful, particularly in more populated parts of the country where various modes of transportation existed. Consumer demand was on the rise, and for northwestern Pennsylvania and other states along the Rust Belt, this meant economic growth opportunities.

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Woodloch Pines: Innovating and Overcoming the Pandemic With a Bright Future Outloook

Summer 2021

The COVID-19 crisis hit the hospitality industry particularly hard, and Woodloch Pines, an all-inclusive family resort located in Pennsylvania’s Pocono Mountains, was no exception. The property closed its doors back on March 17, 2020 and reopened almost three months later on June 5. Having been in business for over 63 years, Woodloch has emerged triumphant from its fair share of challenges, always working to turn negatives into positives.

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Up Close With ... Laura Haffner

Summer 2021

Laura B. Haffner is region bank president of Wells Fargo’s Greater Pennsylvania Region, which is comprised of more than 90 branches across 11 Pennsylvania counties. In this role, Laura leads customer and community relationships and drives financial and operational performance in partnership with a team of seven District Managers.

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McQuaide Blasko: A Century of Community Enrichment

Summer 2021

This year, McQuaide Blasko, Inc. proudly celebrates the centennial of its founding. McQuaide Blasko Inc. is a multi-service law firm serving clients from offices in State College, Hollidaysburg, Hershey and Williamsport. Since 1921, McQuaide Blasko has been committed to meeting not only the legal needs of its clients but also the humanitarian needs of the Central Pennsylvania communities and people it serves.

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DoorDash: Keeps the Hungry Happy, Safe and Satisfied

Summer 2021

One of the PA Chamber’s newest members, DoorDash has kept hungry customers happy, safe and satisfied during the COVID-19 pandemic by implementing initiatives and programming to not only support restaurants, but the communities they operate in.

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Eat’n Park Hospitality Group: Adapt, Innovate, Move Forward

Summer 2021

The year was 1949. Harry S. Truman was president, Perry Como could be heard crooning on the radio and carhop restaurants were popping up all over the country due to the leading postwar consumer luxury — the automobile. It was at this time that a local businessman and restauranteur, Larry Hatch, brought life to Pittsburgh’s first “Come as you are. Eat in your car.” experience: Eat’n Park.

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Beaver County, Pittsburgh Airport Area and Washington County Chambers of Commerce Benefit from Natural Gas Industry While Working to Overcome COVID-19 Pandemic

Spring 2021

How has the construction of the Shell cracker plant impacted your local economy, and your economic outlook?

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Duquesne Light Company: Fostering a New Generation of Skilled Utility Workers

Spring 2021

During a time when many companies are looking for ways to draw diverse talent to their workforce, Duquesne Light Company is using a preparatory program that allows students from various backgrounds to learn the trade of working in the electric utility business.

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Up Close With ... Bob Scaer

Spring 2021

Bob Scaer, chairman of the Board and CEO of Gannett Fleming, Inc.

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Pennsylvania American Water: Promoting Environmental Stewardship Through Infrastructure Investment

Spring 2021

Pennsylvania American Water’s primary responsibility is the delivery of clean, affordable, reliable water and wastewater services. Our commitment to the environment extends beyond the quality of our water and into the heart of who we are as your local water company. We are stewards of the communities we serve, and we are proud of the role we play in protecting our environment. After all – healthy environments promote clean water, and clean water promotes healthy communities.

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Everything Under the Sun: Solar Renewable Energy, LLC is Making PA and the Mid-Atlantic Renewably Brighter

Spring 2021

Solar Renewable Energy, LLC is a Mechanicsburg, PA-based solar EPC developer and investor that has carved out a unique install base niche in the mid-Atlantic and is always keenly driving toward a competitive financing structure advantage and a lower installed cost for solar arrays for its new clients.  In business since 2010, SRE has initiated more than 200 solar arrays, generating over 100MWp of power… enough to power over 10,000 homes annually. SRE develops and installs solar arrays for a wide variety of municipal, governmental, not-for profit and for-profit entities, including county and township governments, boroughs, school districts, retirement communities and private businesses. As of December 2020, SRE is also responsible for the completion of the largest floating solar array in the United States in Sayreville, New Jersey. SRE couples the latest technology in solar modules while optimizing performance, yield and cost into their installation footprint.  The result is significant benefits across their rooftop and ground mount arrays, as well as their carport canopies and floating solar offerings.  Clients enjoy immediate savings with no up-front costs … and electric rate certainty.

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Morris Knowles: Serving Clients Through Engineering Expertise for More than 100 Years

Spring 2021

Established in 1916, Morris Knowles & Associates, Inc. has a long history of serving clients in Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Ohio and beyond. Originally based as a municipal engineering consulting firm, the company has grown into a full-service civil engineering and surveying business. In its more than 100 years of being incorporated, MKA has left its mark across the East Coast — from providing water and wastewater treatment services in the early 1900’s (which helped to eliminate water borne diseases in the United States); to servicing Frank Lloyd Wright’s iconic Fallingwater property in the Laurel Highlands of Pennsylvania.

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Energy Production Offers Jobs, Environmental Protection

Spring 2021

During my tenure as a state representative, I have heard countless claims that energy production and job creation conflict with environmental protection. Skeptics claim we must choose between a cleaner environment or economic growth, but the district I represent is proof that the skeptics are wrong. Energy production, job creation and environmental protection can be accomplished simultaneously.

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American Refining Group: When Preparation Meets Opportunity

Spring 2021

If you can believe it, 2020 was actually a year of incredible progress forged at American Refining Group’s Bradford refinery.

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HarbisonWalker International: An Employee-Focused Company Provides the Building Blocks for Many 21st Century Products

Spring 2021

It’s almost impossible to imagine a world without modern buildings, bridges, cars, roads, windows, computers, food packaging or countless other essential items in our daily lives. However, if not for refractories, these items would not exist. The world as we know it would be very different! Based in Pittsburgh, PA, HarbisonWalker International is the largest supplier of these vital refractory products and services in the United States.

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My journey as a living organ donor

Spring 2021

By Mary Oliveira

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Baker Industries: Filling the Opportunity Gap

Winter 2021

Baker Industries believes in the power of work and acceptance to change lives. For over 40 years, individuals in the Philadelphia region who are challenged by disability, parole/probation, substance use disorder and homelessness have found the opportunity to get off the sidelines and back to work at Baker Industries.

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Walmart Shares Additional Plans to Support Veterans and Military Spouses

Winter 2021

Walmart has a rich history of supporting veterans over the years, starting with their first veteran, founder Sam Walton. In the summer of 2020, the company announced it had achieved its “Veteran’s Welcome Home Commitment” — hiring 250,000 Veterans since 2013. To date, Walmart has hired more than 320,000 veterans and military spouses since the beginning of that commitment, including 9,709 in Pennsylvania. Additionally, more than 1,488 of those associates have been promoted to roles with higher pay and greater responsibility at Walmarts and Sam’s Clubs in Pennsylvania alone. According to the company, the focus on supporting and hiring Veterans will only continue.

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Up Close With… Nicholas Bertram, President, The GIANT Company

Winter 2021

Nicholas Bertram is president of The GIANT Company, an omni-channel grocer known to customers as GIANT, MARTIN’S, GIANT Heirloom Market, GIANT Direct and MARTIN’S Direct that has been proudly serving families across Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, and West Virginia since 1923.

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Making the Most of your Membership: Salary.com

Winter 2021

Are you paying your workforce competitively in 2021?

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Let’s Make Pennsylvania The Envy of The East

Winter 2021

By Rep. Kerry Benninghoff

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PA Chamber Members’ Vaccine Efforts a Light at the End of the Tunnel

Winter 2021

Since COVID-19 gripped the world in early 2020, the race was on for an effective vaccine that could combat the virus. While on average it can take years — and sometimes even decades — to develop, test and approve vaccines for public use, the medical research and development community worked around the clock to create a viable vaccine for an illness that has devastated the world and, as of this writing, has sadly led to more than 2.35 million global deaths. Against all odds, the first vaccine against COVID-19 received emergency authorization in December 2020 — less than a year after the virus was first reported in the United States. The PA Chamber is proud to count among our membership companies that have been and continue to be at the forefront of this momentous achievement in our world’s history.

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Owens-Illinois Glass Manufacturers

Winter 2021

Opening up a jar of salsa, drinking a bottled Starbucks Frappuccino, enjoying a Rolling Rock at the end of the day … doing any of these things pretty much guarantees that you’ve used a glass container that’s been manufactured right here in Pennsylvania by the Owens-Illinois company — or O-I Glass, as it’s more commonly referred (including on the New York Stock Exchange).

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Local Chamber Spotlight: African American Chamber of Commerce of Western PA

Fall 2020

Throughout an unprecedented year that has included a global pandemic and racial strife, minority communities have experienced a disproportionate share of challenges in terms of keeping their businesses open and people employed. Fortunately, groups like the African American Chamber of Commerce of Western PA are advancing their efforts to help Black and minority-owned businesses in the region navigate these challenges, in an effort to emerge with a stronger economy than ever. The PA Chamber sat down with AACCWP President Doris Carson Williams to ask how her organization has taken up this important leadership mantle during an extremely difficult 2020.

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Baby Boy Management Group Partners with Philadelphia Professional Touring Musicians to Achieve Financial Stability in the Music Industry

Fall 2020

As a self-described “show-biz” mom, Deidre Robinson has transformed her industrious and nurturing spirit into a thriving business management company, affectionately named Baby Boy Management Group, LLC.

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Women Can Lead in All Walks of Life

Fall 2020

By Rep. Donna Oberlander

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Vitro: America’s Largest Glass Manufacturer Enjoys Healthy Presence in PA

Fall 2020

The transparent nature of glass can tend to quite literally make it “out-of-sight, out-of-mind,” but in reality it plays a vital role in our daily lives. Whether it’s protecting us while providing a clear view of the road in our cars, or providing a view to the outside world while keeping us comfortable in our homes and places of work, glass provides both functional and aesthetic value to the spaces we occupy. Even beyond our homes, vehicles and city skylines, glass is relied upon for food and beverage products, pharmaceuticals, military and aerospace applications, perfumes and cosmetics, and so much more. 

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Range Resources Goes Electric Reducing Costs, Lowering Emissions in the Marcellus Shale

Summer 2020

Over the past decade, Range Resources has become a well-known employer and natural gas producer in Western Pennsylvania. While most people associate Range with the pioneering of the Marcellus Shale back in 2004, the prolific rock formation that has allowed Pennsylvania to become a leading natural gas producing state, the company has actually been drilling wells in the state for more than 25 years.

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Together, We Are Bringing PA Back

Summer 2020

Pennsylvania’s business community has had to come together in times of upheaval before. Two World Wars, the Great Depression, and economic recessions have come and gone during our organization’s more than 100 year history. And now, yet again, we find ourselves in the midst of a crisis that we are determined to collectively overcome — the COVID-19 pandemic.

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PJM: Protecting the Grid and Generating Growth for Pennsylvania

Summer 2020

By Manu Asthana

Imagine an intricate machine that simultaneously keeps affordable electricity flowing to 65 million people, powering one-fifth of the U.S. economy, while planning how to operate through the most disruptive events and keep the lights on for the foreseeable future.

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Calpine Corporation: Powering Pennsylvania Through Clean, Efficient Technologies

Summer 2020

Calpine Corporation is America’s largest generator of electricity -- from natural gas and geothermal resources with robust commercial, industrial and residential retail electric operations in key competitive power markets, including Pennsylvania.  Our clean, efficient, modern and flexible fleet uses advanced technologies to generate power in a low-carbon and environmentally responsible manner. We are uniquely positioned to benefit from the secular trends affecting our industry, including the abundant and affordable supply of clean natural gas, environmental regulation, aging power generation infrastructure and the increasing need for dispatchable power plants to successfully integrate intermittent renewables into the grid.

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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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