“Sweet Spots” of Sector Intersection Series, Part II: Meet Netronome and Boeing

by on May 19, 2015

PRABlogIntersection (2)Continuing our series and spotlighting the meeting of technology and advanced manufacturing we present two companies from Fayette and Butler counties that are making themselves indispensible to clients worldwide.

Cranberry Township-based Netronome is a leading developer of high-performance networking solutions for cloud, data center, service provider and enterprise communications products.  Netronome’s processors raise communications network speeds, performance and traffic management by allowing networks to meet capacity and add intelligence.  High-speed networks, like those of Fortune 500 companies, utilize Netronome’s products, which have improved a range of information technology areas, including cyber security and network analytics.  Netronome has an office in Silicon Valley, but the company’s growing Pittsburgh location is its largest and is benefiting from the region’s plentiful higher education assets and skilled workforce.

Also growing notably is Boeing Company. It announced plans in November 2014 to expand a 65,000-square-foot Smithfield manufacturing facility in Fayette County. One of the world’s largest aerospace companies and manufacturers of commercial jetliners and defense, space and security systems, Boeing is adding nearly 170 jobs because of the expansion – doubling its workforce and the impact it has a significant employer, not only in Fayette County, but in southwestern Pennsylvania. Prior to expansion, Boeing acquired Pittsburgh-based Immedius – a developer of software for aviation and defense customers and headed by three Carnegie Mellon University professors.  Immedius helps create, manage and deploy technical documents.  The acquisition of Immedius was a strategic move that enhanced Boeing’s ability to provide advance defense, space and security solutions.