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December 2017

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Perryman Company Expands Headquarters in Pittsburgh Region, Plans Advanced Manufacturing Campus

Perryman Company, a titanium manufacturer located south of Pittsburgh in Washington County, purchased a former Caterpillar campus – roughly 35 acres of land – adjacent to its current headquarters. The company, which supplies and services customers with titanium products in the aerospace, medical, consumer, industrial, recreation and infrastructure markets worldwide, plans to create an advanced manufacturing campus. Advancements in aerospace, additive manufacturing and medical industries are fueling the company’s growth and its commitment to Washington County. Additional hiring will likely follow the expansion once Perryman completes infrastructure improvements.

“Technology advancements in materials are occurring simultaneously with advancements in new aircraft design and orthopedic procedures. This campus will be dedicated to supporting Perryman’s growth opportunities in these and other industries,” says President and Chief Executive Officer Frank Perryman.

The company identified the additive manufacturing industry (also known as 3D printing) as one of its growth areas. While additive manufacturing is viewed by many as a transformative and emerging technology, Perryman said his company has been supporting titanium additive/3D users for more than a decade by supplying the raw materials – in the form of powdered metals – to manufacturers who use them to create 3D printed parts.

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Intervala Expands, Brings More Electronics Manufacturing Jobs to RIDC’s Keystone Commons at Turtle Creek
“Intervala – a high-tech electronics manufacturing company – has expanded, now occupying three floors totaling 135,000 square-feet of space in one of RIDC’s Keystone Commons buildings in Turtle Creek.”
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Pittsburgh-Based Autonomous Robotics Company, Aethon, Expands in New Space
“Aethon, Inc., a Pittsburgh-based group developing autonomous mobile robotics, leased the new, 22,000-square-foot office/flex space at Building 200 in Campbells Run Business Center in Robinson Township to accommodate customer base and employee growth.” Read more

Allegheny Technologies Partnership with Tsingshan Group, Creates 100 Local Jobs
“Allegheny Technologies will create 100 local jobs through a joint venture with Chinese partner, Tsingshan Group, that will import stainless steel slabs from Indonesia and process them at the Pittsburgh specialty metals producer’s plants in Brackenridge and Midland.” Read more

Bossa Nova Raises $17.5 Million, Plans to Hire in Pittsburgh
“Bossa Nova, a Carnegie Mellon University spinout, has raised $17.5 million in its latest funding round, which it will use for hiring.” Read more

ICO Alert Puts HQ in Pittsburgh
“Leasing space in Nova Place on the city’s North Side, ICO Alert announced plans to establish its headquarters in Pittsburgh, making the city a hub of cryptocurrency businesses.” Read more

CNX Resources Corporation Completes Spin-Off of CONSOL Energy Inc.
“CNX Resources Corporation, formerly named CONSOL Energy Inc., announced that it has completed the spin-off of CONSOL Energy Inc., formerly named CONSOL Mining Corporation, creating two publicly-traded companies – a natural gas exploration and production company and a coal company.” Read more

Saint Vincent College Opens $5.8 Million Engineering, Biomedical Science Building
“Two seemingly disparate fields — engineering and human anatomy — have found a common home in a new, 11,260-square-foot, $5.8 million state-of-the-art facility that was 10 years in the making at Saint Vincent College.” Read more

Alaska Airlines Announces Daily Nonstop Service from Pittsburgh to Seattle
“Pittsburgh is getting a daily nonstop flight to Seattle. Alaska Airlines announced that it will begin operating nonstop service out of Pittsburgh International Airport in September 2018.” Read more

Air Canada to Begin Daily Nonstop Service from Pittsburgh to Montreal in 2018
“Air Canada will begin year-round, daily nonstop flights between Pittsburgh and Montreal starting in May 2018. The nonstop service is the first to Montreal from Pittsburgh since 2004 and expands Air Canada’s international offerings from Pittsburgh International Airport, where it currently operates a daily nonstop to Toronto.” Read more

Southwest Airlines to Begin Flights to Cancun from Pittsburgh International
“Southwest Airlines will begin nonstop flights to Cancun, Mexico, from Pittsburgh International Airport beginning June 9.” Read more

Spirit Airlines Expands Foothold in Pittsburgh With New Seasonal Flights to Tampa and Fort Myers
“Spirit Airlines has begun two more daily flights from Pittsburgh International Airport, to Tampa and Fort Myers, Florida, for getaways to the warmer climate through April.” Read more

Other Nonstop Flights from Pittsburgh International

Officials Break Ground on New Carnegie Mellon University Advanced Manufacturing Center in Pittsburgh
“Officials ceremonially broke ground on a project that will house Carnegie Mellon University’s Manufacturing Futures Initiative and the Advanced Robotics for Manufacturing Institute, which will reposition the United States as a global leader in manufacturing.” Read more

Explore Region’s Robotics & Manufacturing Strengths

911th Airlift Wing Celebrates Construction Start and Ensured Survival
“The 911th Airlift Wing in Moon held a groundbreaking ceremony to mark the start of construction to accommodate eight huge C-17 cargo aircraft.” Read more

New Flex Industrial Building Planned for Thorn Hill Industrial Park
“Downtown-based Elmhurst Group will partner with the Regional Industrial Development Corporation of Southwestern Pennsylvania to develop the Heights at Thorn Hill, adding 135,000 square feet of flex and office space on the last major undeveloped parcel at Thorn Hill Industrial Park in Cranberry Township.” Read more

Shell Starts Main Construction on Pennsylvania Petrochemicals Complex
“After the successful completion of the site preparation and detailed design and engineering work, Shell Chemical Appalachia LLC announced the official start of the main construction phase of its major petrochemicals complex in Potter Township, Pennsylvania.” Read more

CSX Opens New, 70-Acre Rail Facility, Sees Chance for More Business in McKees Rocks
“The new 70-acre railroad facility built and operated by CSX Transportation Corp. is ready to transport freight from as far away as Asia and through routes like the Panama Canal.” Read more

Pittsburgh’s Urban Redevelopment Authority Transfers 555-Acres of Woodland to City for Public Park
“Pittsburgh’s Urban Redevelopment Authority recently transferred 555 acres of woodland in Hays to the city for creation of a public park.” Read more

Heinz Endowments Awards $3 Million to Fred Rogers Company
“The Fred Rogers Co. was recently awarded a $3 million, three-year grant from the Heinz Endowments for new educational, social and creative programming including focuses on technology and outreach.” Read more

Pittsburgh’s Warhol Museum Receives $265,000 Grant to Foster Leadership Diversity
“The Andy Warhol Museum is among 20 institutions nationwide awarded a multiyear grant by The Ford Foundation and the Walton Family Foundation, receiving $265,000 as part of their ‘Diversifying Art Museum Leadership Initiative.’” Read more

UPMC and University of Pittsburgh Receive $1.3 Million NIH Grant to Improve Viability of Organ Transplants
“The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has awarded researchers at UPMC and the University of Pittsburgh a four-year grant to continue to test the efficacy of a stent designed to improve the flow of blood to the abdominal organs.” Read more

Local Challenge Awards $100,000 to Further Sleep and Respiratory Care
“Philips Grand Challenge, hosted by Philips and the University of Pittsburgh Innovation Institute, awarded four University of Pittsburgh faculty members a total of $100,000 to continue innovation in the area of sleep and respiratory care.” Read more

More on Medical Device Industry in Pittsburgh Region

Indiana Township gets $81,000 from Alcosan for Sewer Rehab
“Sewer lines in the Ottawa Hills neighborhood of Indiana Township will be rehabbed next year with an $81,000 grant from the Allegheny County Sanitary Authority’s Green Revitalization of Our Waterways (GROW) program.” Read more

Pittsburgh Among the List of “American’s Best Cities for Global Trade”
“Pittsburgh lands Global Trade Magazine’s list of best cities for global trade, specifically intermodal. The magazine touts Pittsburgh’s rail history plus its construction of the $60 million CSX Pittsburgh Intermodal Rail Terminal offering premier shipping logistics to manufacturers and distributors in western Pennsylvania.” Read more

Explore Rail Transportation Assets Serving the Pittsburgh Region

Forget New York, Millennials are flocking to Pittsburgh in Droves
“Business Insider has rounded up the cities and towns that millennials have moved to in droves over the past few years and Pittsburgh made the list with a millennial population growth rate of 6.6% between 2010-15.” Read more

Pittsburgh Makes List of Places for Alternative Fall Getaways
“A travel guide publisher, DK Eyewitness Travel, ranks Pittsburgh among the best alternative fall getaways in the country, touting its food scene and art museums and sites like the National Aviary and Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens.” Read more

Explore the Region’s Quality of Life

CBRE’s 2017 TECH-30 Report Measures Tech Industry Impact Across Pittsburgh Region, North America
“Pittsburgh tech jobs increased by 31.4 percent since 2015 – the 3rd largest gain in U.S. – according to CBRE’s Tech 30.” Read more

Pittsburgh: One of Three U.S. Cities Reinventing the Modern Waterfront
“Explore how three American cities—Chicago, Pittsburgh and Cincinnati—have made significant investments in one particular facet of public realm improvement: their riverfronts.” Read more

Carnegie Mellon University Launches AI Research Group
“Drawing on the expertise of over 100 faculty members across seven departments, Carnegie Mellon University’s School of Computer Science has launched one of the largest artificial intelligence (AI) research groups in the world: CMU AI.” Read more

Carnegie Mellon Dean of Computer Science on the Future of AI
“Andrew Moore of Carnegie Mellon offers insights into the evolving field of artificial intelligence, what is likely to be the factors to determine the companies who will win or lose and what makes Pittsburgh a hot test bed for cutting-edge technology.” Read more

Check Out Why Pittsburgh for Robotics

Indiana County Stays on the Move by “Always Planning for the Future”
“Learn how the Indiana County Office of Planning and Development is preparing its talent pipeline and economy for the future with an interview with its Executive Director Byron G. Stauffer, Jr.” Read more

Seton Hill University Named an “Apple Distinguished School” for 2017-19
“Seton Hill University has been recognized as an Apple Distinguished School for 2017–19 for its efforts to integrate mobile technology throughout the campus.” Read more

Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center Wins Awards For Poker Playing And DNA Sequencing Machines
“The Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center – a joint effort with Carnegie Mellon University, the University of Pittsburgh and Westinghouse Electric Company – won five awards at the recent SC17 Supercomputing Conference in Denver.” Read more

Women-Owned Businesses in Pittsburgh Region Increased 33 Percent Since 2002
“A new study estimated the number of women-owned firms in the Pittsburgh region at 59,100, up 33 percent over the past 15 years.” Read more

The Airport Corridor Transportation Association Wins Second in MicroTransit Accelerator Challenge
“The Airport Corridor Transportation Association took second place in the inaugural MicroTransit Accelerator Challenge, for its approach to flexible microtransit solutions in the areas of increased ridership, social and community value, environmental impact and improved efficiency.” Read more


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December 7Huntington Breakfast Briefing: President & CEO, Oberg
The Pittsburgh Technology Council is pleased to present David Bonvenuto, president and CEO of Oberg Industries Inc., for its December Huntington Breakfast Briefing. Bonvenuto will discuss how Oberg is applying technology innovation and how its workforce development initiatives are developing a highly skilled manufacturing workforce that is enabling the company to add capabilities, capacity and new products. Held at the Rivers Club from 7:00 – 9:15 a.m.; cost to attend is $55 for members, $175 for non-members.


December 8Chatham University’s Women Business Leaders Breakfast
Presented by the Chatham University’s Center for Women’s Entrepreneurship. Learn how to better navigate the barriers we know women face in the workplace. Guest speaker Leanne Meyer, director of leadership development at Carnegie Mellon’s Tepper School of Business, will share how participants can recognize opportunities to negotiate, eliminate anxiety, feel entitled to get what they want and avoid social consequences that inhibit good outcomes for you and your organization. Held at Chatham University’s Shadyside campus beginning at 8:00 a.m., cost to attend is $25.


December 122018 TRENDS Emerging Trends in Real Estate featuring Patrick Phillips
The 39th Annual Emerging Trends in Real Estate is based on insights from hundreds of industry leaders and is the most highly regarded and widely read forecast report in the real estate industry. Join the discussion and hear how national economic and real estate trends are playing out in the Pittsburgh area from our panel of local experts. Keynote speaker is Patrick Phillips, global CEO of the Urban Land Institute. Held at the Fairmont Pittsburgh Hotel from 8:00 – 10:00 a.m.; cost to attend is $55 for members, $75 for non-members. Click to download a printable flyer and registration form.


December 12Amazon HQ2 Briefing-County Executive Rich Fitzgerald
Presented by the Pittsburgh Technology Council. Attend an interactive discussion on the region’s future with County Executive Rich Fitzgerald. He’ll outline the many lessons learned through the region’s response to Amazon’s RFP and share his perspectives on our region’s strengths and capabilities, as well as the remaining broad array of challenges and opportunities that we must pursue and address. Held at the PTC Offices from 8:15 – 10:00 a.m.; cost to attend is $25 for members, $125 for non-members.


December 18Annual Business Luncheon
The Board of Directors of the African American Chamber of Commerce of Western Pennsylvania invites you to attend its Annual Business Luncheon featuring keynote speaker Tim Ryan, U.S. chairman and senior partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP. Held at the Omni William Penn Hotel from 12:00 – 1:30 p.m., cost to attend is $75 for members, $90 for non-members.


December 19Energy to Manufacturing Roundtable
Presented by Catalyst Connection. Join fellow business and industry leaders to provide feedback on program content to educate manufacturers throughout our region on downstream supply chain, emerging regional opportunities and the requirements for doing business in this sector. Manufacturing managers and decision makers in the plastics and chemical industries, and community leaders who support the local manufacturing and energy supply chains are encouraged to attend. Held at the Hilton Garden Inn Pittsburgh/Southpointe from 11:45 – 1:30 p.m.; the roundtable is free to attend.


January 5Ascender Incubation 2018: CALL FOR APPLICATIONS​
Ascender is officially accepting applications for its 2018 cohort. Ascender’s incubator is designed to help Pittsburgh entrepreneurs start and build companies from any industry including non-profits through dedicated workspace, financial support, mentorship and connectivity. Attend an informational session on December 5 or stop by for office hours on December 11 and 13 to learn more about the application and incubation process. Check out the Incubation page for more information.


January 11NAIOP Pittsburgh’s Chapter Meeting: State of the Economy Update
Brought to you by NAIOP Pittsburgh and Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA). Join NAIOP for its January chapter meeting featuring guest speaker Gus Faucher, senior vice president and chief economist at PNC Financial Services Group. He’ll share a “State of the Economy” update. Held at the Omni William Penn Hotel beginning at 7:30 a.m.; cost attend is $40 for non-members, free for non-members


January 12CALL FOR NOMINATIONS: Goodwill “Power of Work” Awards
Goodwill of Southwestern Pennsylvania is seeking nominations for its 21st Annual Power of Work Awards. The award ceremony – held March 20, 2018 – recognizes the extraordinary efforts of southwestern Pennsylvania businesses who hire people with disabilities (or other barriers to employment) or help people by going the extra mile to offer work-related support and experiences. Nominations are being accepted until January 12 and anyone can submit. Click here to submit a nomination. Tickets are now on sale for those interested in attending the award ceremony. Purchase your tickets here.


January 18CIO Insights: Manufacturing
Presented by the Pittsburgh Technology Council. Pittsburgh’s CIO of the Year finalists from Arconic, Industrial Scientific (ISC) and Wabtec will discuss how they define success, current initiatives underway and what keeps them up at night. Panelists include Arconic’s Mark Husnick, ISC’s David DiLeo and Wabtec’s Richard Smith. Held from 7:15 – 9:15 a.m.; cost to attend is $55 for members, $175 for non-members. After January 11, cost to attend is $65 for members, $190 for non-members.


January 192018 Annual Celebration of Excellence
The Pittsburgh Area Airport Chamber invites you to its signature “Annual Celebration of Excellence” (A.C.E.) event. The luncheon event includes the annual meeting, the Chairman’s inauguration, awards and recognition, a well-known guest speaker, and of course, lunch and networking. Save the date and stay tuned for the announcement of the guest speaker. Held at the Hyatt Regency Pittsburgh International Airport from 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.; cost to attend is $60 for members, $80 for non-members.