Economy & Business
3:30 am
Thu January 22, 2015

Report: Pittsburgh's GDP Growth Is Slowing, But It's Still Ahead of the Nation

In 2014, Pittsburgh saw a 0.4 percent increase in the employment rate and no growth in terms of gross domestic product per capita.
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While Pittsburgh’s economy has recovered from the recession that began in 2008, growth is slowing, and policy makers need to address that reality.

That’s according to a new report from the Brookings Metropolitan Policy Program. The fourth edition of the Global MetroMonitor examined economic performance in the 300 largest metropolitan economies in the world. Pittsburgh ranked at #253 in 2014. That’s down from a ranking of #192 between 2009 and 2014.

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Economy & Business
3:41 pm
Fri October 3, 2014

U.S. Steel Staying Put in Pittsburgh; Manufacturing Bouncing Back in PA

Governor Tom Corbett joined by Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald and House Majority Leader Mike Turzai and others marking Manufacturing Day at U.S. Steel's Research and Technology Center
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Governor Tom Corbett announced Friday that U.S. Steel is keeping its headquarters in Pittsburgh and expanding its Mon Valley Works operation.

The announcement came as state officials fanned across Pennsylvania to mark National Manufacturing Day.

U.S. Steel employs some 4,300 people in the Pittsburgh region. In an effort to keep them headquartered in the steel city, Corbett says the state has committed up to $30.7 million in grants for expansions and improvements.

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4:39 pm
Tue September 30, 2014

Battling Labor Shortage, Companies Use 'Manufacturing Day' as Recruitment Tool

For an industry that is struggling to find workers, this Friday is especially important.  

On National Manufacturing Day, plants in Pennsylvania will host open houses, career workshops and public tours in an effort to recruit future employees.

Manufacturers are facing a skilled labor shortage. Employers are struggling to keep up with retirement rates and increased needs for production, said Tom Reed, managing director of marketing and communications for Catalyst Connection.  

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Economy & Business
10:30 am
Wed July 9, 2014

Qualified Employees Increasingly Hard To Come By In Manufacturing Sector

Chris Boltz, a manufacturing engineer with Oberg Industries, has been there since 1998. When he decided to attend Oberg's apprentice program instead of attending college, his high school counselor told him he was throwing away his life.
Credit Irina Zhorov / 90.5 WESA

Oberg Industries’ tucked away buildings in Freeport, Pennsylvania are easy to miss.

But inside the nondescript structures are tidy rows of machinery worth hundreds of thousands of dollars each. In one department, refrigerator-sized electric discharge machines, which cut metal using wire, sizzle away like cooking bacon. In another, workers operate manual machines. In one room a worker runs quality assurance using a high-tech instrument.

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Government & Politics
5:20 pm
Tue June 17, 2014

Obama Touts Manufacturing, Access For Entrepreneurs In Pittsburgh Stop

President Obama holds a town hall on manufacturing at Pittsburgh's TechShop Tuesday.

American manufacturing was the focus of President Obama’s visit to Pittsburgh Tuesday.

The president stopped at TechShop in Bakery Square, a facility that allows start-up businesses, tinkerers and hobbyists to use high-end instruments they may not otherwise have access to. Obama said part of continuing the manufacturing boom in the country will be finding ways to make resources of the federal government more available to the general public.

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Essential Pittsburgh
5:35 pm
Tue December 17, 2013

“Made in PA” Label Would Show That Local Manufacturing Isn't Dead

Crayola Crayons, made in Easton, PA are just one of the products that would receive a "Made in PA" label.
Credit Dyanna Hyde / Flickr

A bipartisan group of state lawmakers has introduced a bill to create a "Made in PA" program, complete with a logo and website to encourage consumers to purchase products made close to home.

State Rep. Eli Evankovich and David Taylor, executive director of the Pennsylvania Manufacturers' Association, say consumers already look for labels such as "Made in the USA," while shopping.

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Arts & Culture
4:19 pm
Mon July 22, 2013

'Made in America Movie' Documentary Reaching Pittsburgh

  Film crews are arriving in Pittsburgh Tuesday to explore American manufacturing. The feature-length documentary, titled “American Made Movie,” highlights 32 United States cities 32 days.

Co-directors Vincent Vittorio and Nathan Thomas McGill are traveling by bus across the nation to stress the importance of supporting small and large companies that contribute to the national economy and manufacturing sector. 

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Essential Pittsburgh
3:47 pm
Mon July 22, 2013

American Made Movie Reminds Country of Manufacturing Roots

Credit Daniel Horowitz / Life is My Movie Entertainment Co.

In a country with a great history of manufacturing and exporting goods, many believe that the best way to support the American economy is to buy locally.  Filmmakers Vincent Vittorio and Nathaniel Thomas McGill are on a 32-day tour with their documentary American Made Movie, in which they highlight companies that produce goods in the United States.

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Essential Pittsburgh
6:19 pm
Tue July 16, 2013

The Business of Manufacturing With Rebecca Harris

Could additive manufacturing, be the future of manufacturing?
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The resurgent manufacturing sector has been a boon in America’s struggling economy, but women are being left out of the action. In her second segment on the upswing in manufacturing jobs in the US, business contributor Rebecca Harris talks about the way that the new world of manufacturing is keying off of cutting edge innovation to create jobs.

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Essential Pittsburgh
3:54 pm
Tue July 9, 2013

The Business of Manufacturing with Rebecca Harris

Business Contributor Rebecca Harris is the Director of the Chatham Center for Women's Entrepreneurship
Credit Rebecca Harris / Chatham Center for Women's Entrepreneurship

According to business contributor Rebecca Harris, rumors of American manufacturing's demise have been greatly exaggerated.

The manufacturing industry in the United States is growing in a very real way, contributing roughly $1.74 trillion to the US GDP on an annual basis for the past several years and continuing to grow. According to Harris, many large name American companies, including GE and Whirlpool, are actually bringing parts of their manufacturing operations back to the US, thereby adding even more manufacturing jobs and openings. Over the past 3 years, manufacturers have added roughly 500,000 new jobs to their operations.

Harris adds that the manufacturing sector isn't close to slowing down.  There are still vacant jobs to fill. The only problem is finding well-trained laborers to fill it.

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Essential Pittsburgh
12:01 pm
Mon February 25, 2013

The Terrible Towel Comes Home to Pittsburgh

An original commercially marketed Terrible Towel, sold exclusively by Gimbel's Department Store, circa 1978. The Terrible Towel is a fan symbol associated with the Pittsburgh Steelers, soon the towels will be printed right here in Pittsburgh.
Credit Wikipedia

The iconic terrible towel has come home to Pittsburgh. We'll talk wth Rob Brandegee, co-owner of Little Earth Productions about the manufacturing of Steelers good luck charm is returning to the Steel City.