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.

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.

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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Small Pond, Big Fish: Long-Running Harrisburg Marketing Agency Pavone Attracts Major Clients with Hard Work and Talent

Winter 2019

I was at a local business event many years ago when I heard something that made me laugh — not out loud, because it wasn’t intended to be funny; more of a half-smile because of the sheer absurdity of the statement.

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Utz Quality Foods: Bringing Smiles to Generations of Snack Food Lovers

Winter 2019

The Utz story began in Hanover, Pennsylvania, in a small-town kitchen. It was 1921. William (Bill) and Salie Utz thought potato chips could be better. They believed potato chips should be made from clean, simple ingredients and that they should be minimally processed to bring out the natural flavor of farm-fresh potatoes. With an initial investment of $300, Hanover Home Brand Potato Chips — eventually Utz Quality Foods — was born.

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North American Neighbors

Fall 2018

In an insightful, exclusive Q&A with Catalyst, Canadian Consul General Phyllis Yaffe explains how the historic, unprecedented relationship between Canada and the United States is mutually beneficial for both of our nation’s economies and our safety; and expresses why it’s imperative that we keep it going strong.

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UnitedHealthcare: Diverse Scholars Initiative Helping to Groom Next Generation of Health Care Talent in Pennsylvania and Beyond

Fall 2018

Having a robust, diverse workforce of doctors, nurses and other medical practitioners is tantamount to providing the best health care possible for Pennsylvanians, as well as improving the care-delivery model of the future.

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Sweet Success: From a Scranton Kitchen to a Household Name, Gertrude Hawk Chocolates Builds a Family-Owned Legacy

Fall 2018

Back in 1915, when Gertrude Hawk was only 12 years old, she began working in a candy shop in Scranton, Pennsylvania. While her reason for working there was out of necessity (her father died young and her mother fell ill, leaving her to support her family financially) she soon learned and found a love for the art of chocolate making. 

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Cornerstone: Bringing Insight, Influence and Integrity to Asset Management in Pa.

Fall 2018

Cornerstone is one of the nation’s leading independent investment consulting firms managing nearly $6 billion of client assets. The company’s mission is to build and preserve the assets of institutions and wealthy families, now and into the future. Its success is based on navigating complex financial decisions on behalf of its clients. Cornerstone’s mission is laid out right in its tagline: Insight. Influence. Integrity.

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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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Brookville Equipment Corporation: Designing Powered Rail Vehicle Solutions for Coal Mines and City Centers

Summer 2017

In May 12, 2017, one of six new QLINE streetcar vehicles made its first official passenger trip along a brand new rail alignment up and down Woodward Avenue near downtown Detroit. It was the first streetcar passenger trip to occur in Detroit in more than 60 years, and was greeted with great fanfare by thousands of locals and supporters in a weekend-long celebration.

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Wood Star Productions, Inc.

Summer 2017

Wood Star Productions, a Lancaster-based, full service video production company, will have its busiest year ever in 2017! The question is … why Wood Star, and why is video on top now? In 2013, the Associated Press announced that video has now overtaken the written word as the most common form of communication. It is also known that a company’s Search Engine Optimization (the degree to which a company’s website will appear as a top result when entered into a web browser like Google) will increase if video exists on the website. In fact, the majority of Google search responses that include video have a far higher click-through rate, and evidence has shown that viewers will stay longer on a company’s web site if it contains video. The truth is that if video is not part of your marketing program, you are years behind your competition.

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Armstrong Flooring: Bringing Innovation and Durability to Consumers for Generations

Spring 2017

Chances are you’ve strode across Armstrong Flooring’s products at some point in your life.

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Trident Enterprises Deer Fence: Your Answer to A Deer-Proof Garden

Spring 2017

What began as a low-key electric fence installation company in the 1980’s in Frederick, Maryland has grown to be one of the most trusted names in the deer fencing industry, providing quality do-it-yourself garden fences that stand up against the threat of crop damage due to wildlife nuisances such as white-tailed deer, elk, feral hogs and rodents.

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Knouse Foods Cooperative, Inc.: In the heart of “America’s Orchard”

Spring 2017

Anyone traveling through southcentral Pennsylvania is amazed at the abundance of beautiful orchards that dominate the landscape. More than a century ago, pioneers in the fruit industry started these family-owned orchards, many of which span five, six or even seven generations. These families recognized that the slopes of the local mountains, the rich soils and perfect drainage, coupled with warm days, timely precipitation and cool nights, provided the perfect garden for growing the most delicious fruit in America. Headquartered in the heart of “America’s Orchard” is Knouse Foods Cooperative, Inc.

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APPI Energy: Excelling in Energy Management Solutions, Customer Service Since 1996

Winter 2017

Since 2002, the Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry has endorsed consulting firm APPI Energy as a PA Chamber Preferred Provider. Business professionals and elected officials in the Commonwealth have unprecedented flexibility to align energy management strategies with corporate goals, budgets and fiscal calendars. Unbiased and independent since 1996, APPI Energy provides data-driven consulting and procurement solutions that reduce electricity and natural gas costs.

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Love for Food, Family Sparks Three Generations of Success for A.S.K. Foods, Inc.

Winter 2017

A.S.K. Foods, Inc. started as a love affair.

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WebpageFX Mastering the Magic of Technology in an Inspired Work Environment

Winter 2017

In 1973, science fiction author Sir Arthur C. Clarke said, “Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.”

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The JDK Group: Making Memories in PA, One Valued Client at a Time

Spring 2016

The memory of a significant life event stems from the ambiance surrounding it. Whether it’s an important corporate reception, a social event where you want to make a great impression or one of the most special days of your life — your wedding day — the JDK Group’s energized team of specialists is in the business of making that memory a beautiful one.

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UGI Brings the Benefits of Natural Gas to Pennsylvania Consumers

Spring 2016

UGI logoUGI is helping businesses and homeowners take advantage of the economic and environmental benefits of natural gas, Pennsylvania’s clean, plentiful and local natural resource.

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Since 1925, Erie Insurance Helping Customers Feel Secure Along the Road of Life

Winter 2015/16

Erie Insurance has been helping people make things right since 1925, working side-by-side with the best insurance agents in the business. When H.O. Hirt and O.G. Crawford decided to start an insurance exchange, they wanted to base it on “simple common sense, mixed with just plain decency.” They turned to the Golden Rule as a guiding principle, and on April 20, 1925, Erie Insurance and its legacy of service opened for business. That principle has acted as a beacon for 91 years as Erie Insurance has grown into what it is today.

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A Century of Progress: Mack Trucks Continues to Thrive in the Lehigh Valley

Winter 2015/16

How do you keep a 116-year-old brand fresh and exciting? Ask the people at Mack Trucks.

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Success Performance Solutions

Winter 2015/16

The convergence of technology, shifting demographics and globalization has disrupted the ways that things have always been done — and recruiting and hiring employees are no exception. According to Success Performance Solutions President and Founder Ira Wolfe, "Many businesses are trying to recruit and hire employees without using automation, technology and social media — and that's like trying to send an email using a typewriter."

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