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    NCDMM’s Ralph Resnick Reelected to Serve as a 2018 SME International Director

    “It is a great honor to once again be elected to serve as a SME International Director,” said Ralph Resnick, NCDMM President and Executive Director. “For the last 85 years, SME has made countless contributions to the manufacturing industry and the workforce that serves it. I personally look forward to collaborating with my fellow SME International Directors, and working on the advancement of our industry, our technology, and our people.”

    The International Directors serve as the governing body of SME and are elected by the entire voting membership of SME. The 2018 SME International Directors’ term will commence in January 2018.
    Mr. Resnick proudly joins five other industry leaders as 2018 SME International Directors, including:

    • Winston F. Erevelles, Ph.D., Professor of Engineering and Dean of the School of Science, Engineering, and Technology, St. Mary’s University
    • Mark L. Michalski, Senior Director of Technical Operations and Strategy, MKS Instruments
    • Dean S. Phillips, Sales Engineer, LINK Systems and Founder, Longevity Industries
    • Jim W. Schlusemann, President, Prosperia International
    • Susan M. Smyth, Ph.D., FSME, Chief Scientist for Global Manufacturing, General Motors and Director, GM R&D Manufacturing Systems Research Lab

    SME also recognized the International Directors serving in new leadership roles. Officers include:

    • President
    Thomas R. Kurfess, Ph.D., FSME, PE, the HUSCO/Ramirez Distinguished Chair in Fluid Power and Motion Control and Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology
    • President-Elect
    Mark L. Michalski
    • Vice President
    Susan M. Smyth, Ph.D., FSME
    • Treasurer
    Michael D. Packer, FSME, VP, Manufacturing Strategy & Technical Integration, Lockheed Martin
    • Secretary
    Dianne Chong, Ph.D., FSME, The Boeing Co. (Retired)

    Additionally, SME members elected four new Member Council representatives. The Council leads member engagement activities and formulates recommendations for membership recruitment and retention. The 2018 Council includes:

    • Vesna Cota, Tyco Electronics Canada ULC
    • Lonnie Love, PhD, FSME, Oak Ridge National Laboratory
    • Kyle Riegel, United Equipment Accessories
    • Brock Strunk, Epic Aircraft LLC

    SME is an organization for individuals, students, educators, and companies involved in all facets of manufacturing. Founded in 1932, it is dedicated to advancing and educating the manufacturing industry. This is accomplished through a variety of tactics and outlets, such as events, media, membership, training and development, and an education foundation. SME focuses its efforts on several areas of manufacturing, including aerospace and defense, energy, medical, and motorized vehicles.

    About NCDMM

    NCDMM delivers innovative and collaborative manufacturing solutions that enhance our nation’s workforce and economic competitiveness. NCDMM has extensive knowledge and depth in manufacturing areas—both commercial and defense—continually innovate, improve, and advance manufacturing technologies and methodologies. Our experienced team specializes in identifying the needs, the players, the technologies, and processes to attain optimal solutions for our customers. We connect the dots. That’s the NCDMM methodology. NCDMM also manages the national accelerator for additive manufacturing (AM) and 3DP printing (3DP), America Makes—the National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute. For additional information, visit the NCDMM at

    About SME

    SME connects all those who are passionate about making things that improve our world. As a nonprofit organization, SME has served practitioners, companies, educators, government and communities across the manufacturing spectrum for more than 80 years. Through its strategic areas of events, media, membership, training and development, and the SME Education Foundation, SME is uniquely dedicated to the advancement of manufacturing by addressing both knowledge and skills needed for the industry. Learn more at, follow @SME_MFG on Twitter or

  • Thu, 14 Dec 2017 21:51:51 +0000

    Ahead of the Curve: New housing strategy and investment plan hopes to rejuvenate downtown Altoona

    Regional Business Analyst

    Altoona, Pa - The Elizabeth Apartments, a newly-renovated 20- unit apartment building in downtown Altoona, is scheduled to open in January or February 2018. The building is the marquee project of the Altoona Housing Strategy & Downtown Investment Plan.

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    CBICC celebrates excellence in business with third annual awards ceremony


    State College, Pa. - The Centre County business community gathered at the Nittany Lion Inn on Dec. 7 to celebrate the region’s economic leaders and organizations that keep the region growing.

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    Reforms expected for National Flood Insurance Program

    Regional Business Analyst

    The National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), which was temporarily extended in September, will expire Dec. 8 unless it’s extended again, or reauthorized by Congress. The Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Reform Act of 2012, passed by Congress and signed into law by President Obama in 2012, extended the NFIP for five years and required significant reforms to the program.

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    Blair County pushes through population decline with workforce development


    According to census estimates from the American Community Survey, from 2010 to 2015, Blair County’s population decreased 1,458 or 1.1 percent. The survey also indicates a specific decrease in the younger population in the ages of 1 - 24.

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    A family that works together, stays together

    Regional Business Analyst

    Family-owned businesses were once quite common, from farms to mom-and- pop shops to giants of industry such as Walmart, Koch Industries and Bechtel. Parents passed their businesses on to their children when they retired, as their parents had done with them.

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    Centre Foundation awards more than $54,000 in annual grants

    STATE COLLEGE, PA – Centre Foundation recently selected 25 local organizations to receive grants from this year’s field-of-interest funds, totaling more than $54,000.

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    State establishes new apprenticeship program

    HARRISBURG, PA (AP) – Gov.

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    CMU spinoff opens new headquarters

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    PwC's Tim Ryan describes push for diversity at African American Chamber luncheon

    PwC's Tim Ryan described how he decided to create a nationwide corporate inclusion effort among Fortune 1000 companies at a recent African-American Chamber luncheon.
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    Koppers renews lease, expands offices in downtown Pittsburgh

    Will add 6,000 square feet at The Koppers Building for use as an innovation center.
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    'Getting health care right': Highmark CEO talks strategy in Penn State Health deal

    Highmark and Penn State Health didn’t rule out more moves in central Pennsylvania and further east.
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    Pittsburgh firm strikes $11M deal to buy Akron's cell towers

    Ohio transaction marks largest in telecommunications space for firm since raising $100M fund.
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    BofA's new Pittsburgh president talks expansion

    Hiring, building out business lines part of the strategy.
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    Pittsburgh company consolidates headquarters

    Petrosoft LLC has consolidated its operations at a new headquarters at 290 Bilmar Drive in Kennedy Township. The company, begun in 2002, provides cloud-platform solutions to the petroleum and retail industries. It transitioned from a 16,000-square-foot building to its new 67,000-square-foot headquarters. Alexis Joseph, international marketing manager, said Petrosoft employees on the operations side had already occupied part of the new building. “(We) joined forces,” she said. “We basically…
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    Bank of America names new Pittsburgh president

    Bank of America Corp. on Monday appointed Brian Ludwick president of its Pittsburgh market. He is also Merrill Lynch’s market executive for western Pennsylvania. “Brian’s leadership in Pittsburgh will ensure we are helping all of our customers and clients live their financial lives through the power of every connection we can make with them,” said Bank of America CEO Brian Moynihan in a prepared statement. Ludwick, who resides in Sewickley, joined Merrill Lynch as a financial advisor in…
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    East Ohio Street hotel ready for construction

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    Net Health to be acquired by The Carlyle Group

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