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Safe & Secure: PEPRO leads the way in deployable communications sites

For more than two decades, Oil City-based Pioneer Energy Products LLC (dba PEPRO) has been creating 100-percent-reliable enclosure equipment to protect sensitive digital communications equipment in harsh and remote environments. Based on Faraday cage technology, PEPRO’s patented enclosures will dissipate up to 87,000 amps and more than 1 million volts of electricity, all while protecting the equipment housed inside the enclosure.

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Interested in having your company featured in a PTC publication? Contact Jonathan Kersting, Vice President of Communications and Media at jkersting@pghtech.org or (412) 918-4295.

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Event SpotLight

Explore the Floor @ Aquion Energy

Tuesday, May 12, 2015 | 8:15 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. | @ Aquion Energy | REGISTER

Aquion Energy is producing a long-life, revolutionary battery based on aqueous hybrid technology that is useful in almost all stationary storage applications. The tour will take attendees around Aquion's brand-new manufacturing operations and will demonstrate how they manufacture their environmentally safe battery. 

*This event is limited to 30 attendees*

Event Sponsors: TriMech Solutions | Zoltun Design

$45 Member (manufacturers only) / $175 Non-Member Manufacturer


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Other Upcoming Events

2015 CIO of the Year Awards | March 5 

Local Manufacturing CIOs Show Up Enforce!


This sell-out event is THE place to meet and celebrate with and for Pittsburgh's top IT executives. The Pittsburgh Technology Council, along with the Greater Pittsburgh CIO Group, honors top technology executives who work in industry, non-profit, academia and government, and who use their innovation and creativity to improve our region.

Several IT Executives from regional manufacturers are being honored this year. Be sure to attend the CIO of the Year Awards on March 5 to congratulate this finalists in person:

  • Russell Hemwall, Aquion Energy
  • Kelley Christy, Diamond Wire Spring Company
  • Pierre Moreau, McKamish, Inc.
  • Tushar Lovalekar, Koppers Inc.
  • Dave McLain, Big Heart Pet Brands (formerly Del Monte)
  • Steven Hanna, Kennametal Inc.
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There are many reasons for American manufacturers to reevaluate offshoring and consider reshoring. Companies are increasingly recognizing that costs, risks and strategic impacts previously ignored are large enough to overcome the shrinking emerging market wage advantages. They are seeing the benefits of proximity, i.e. producing in the market, especially when the home market is the U.S., still the world’s largest.

The top reasons that companies reshore include:

  • Lead time
  • Higher product quality and consistency
  • Rising offshore wages
  • Skilled workforce
  • Freight costs
  • Image of being Made in USA
  • Lower inventory levels, better turns
  • Better responsiveness to changing customer demands
  • Minimal intellectual property and regulatory compliance risks
  • Improved innovation and product differentiation
  • Local tax incentives

Read more at ReShoring Initiative.

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