May 9 at La Cabra Brewing: Spring Partnership Meeting & Networking Event

Join Us For The Manufacturing Alliance of Chester & Delaware Counties – Spring Partnership Meeting & Networking Event

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MA LaCabra Brewing 5-9-18


When: Wednesday, May 9, 2018

4:30pm-5:30pm Partnership Meeting

5:30pm-7:30pm Networking Event

Where: LaCabra Brewing
642 Lancaster Avenue
Berwyn, PA 19312

Manufacturer Ticket $30
Service Provider Ticket $40
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Event Description:

Our Partnership Meeting will include a presentation by Sassan Hejazi (Director, Technology Solutions) from Kreischer Miller. Sassan will provide a summary of the Kreischer Miller Manufacturing Survey which will provide valuable information for manufacturers located all across our Region. This is the 4th year that Kreischer Miller has done the survey;  they have developed some good trend information that will be discussed at the presentation that is specific to only our region. The Networking event will feature latin-inspired gastropub appetizers and craft beers brewed on site. Please help us to grow the Alliance by inviting a fellow manufacturer to attend!

Service providers are welcome, however, we respectfully ask that you invite a manufacturer to register and attend the event with you.

Register today to reserve your ticket!

Ticket price includes valuable manufacturing survey information, networking with friends, colleagues, and potential customers/ suppliers, food, and one drink from the bar!

Ralf Weiser, Aerzen USA. MACC/DC Board Chair

Patrick Meese, CCEDC. MACC

Craig Fitz, Delaware County Community College. MADC

Mark Cohen, Malvern Bank. MACCDC Marketing Committee Chair

How modern manufacturers can create positive perceptions with the US public…A Study by Deloitte and the Manufacturing Institute

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Postponed due to weather: March 7 Partnership Meeting

Manufacturing Alliance of Chester & Delaware Counties – March Partnership Meeting

Where: Chester County Economic Development Council – Conference Center
737 Constitution Drive
Exton, PA 19341

When: Wednesday, March 7th, 2018

Pre-Registration for this event is required – to register today, click here.

Manufacturers $15
Non-Manufacturers $20

This meeting will feature two special guest speakers:

Cassandra Toroian – Bell Rock Capital will provide insights for manufacturers regarding her specialization in 401(K) Advisory Services for Employers. Cassandra founded Bell Rock Capital in 2006, and has grown the firm to 12 professionals and $350 million in Assets Under Management and is a frequently used resource by national media, including CNBC, Fox Business and Fox News.

Rob Marchalonis (author of IncentShare) will provide insights, research, stories, and solutions to help you decide if incentives are right for your business or nonprofit enterprise. Rob challenges misconceptions about compensation while proving his point with workplace engagement statistics, employment data, and real-world examples that demonstrate the power of incentives.

We look forward to seeing everyone at the meeting –

Ralf Weiser, MACC/DC Chair Tom Walser, MACC/DC Vice-Chair
Aerzen USA CNC Manufacturing, Inc.

Patrick Meese, MACC/DC Co- Project Manager Craig Fitz, MACCDC Co-Project Manager

DCCC’s Spring Schedule of Manufacturing Classes

Delaware County Community College has posted its Spring 2018 schedule of manufacturing classes. These are eligible for MACC/DC reduced tuition benefits.

DCCC Spring 2018 Schedule

Please contact Karen Kozachyn with any questions:

Karen P. Kozachyn Ed.D.
Dean, Workforce Development and Community Education.
Delaware County Community College
901 South Media Line Rd
Media, PA 19063
Office T202
Voice: 610.359.5362
Fax: 610.359.5054

From AON: How To Respond To Rising Global Medical Costs


Aon’s 2018 Global Medical Trend Rates survey reveals that the cost of health care is rising faster than inflation. In 2017, the global average increase in medical costs was 8.2 percent, against a worldwide inflation rate of 2.8 percent.

To keep workforces happy, healthy and productive, companies should accelerate their efforts in helping employees understand risk factors and begin taking steps to improve their health.


Join us for a  day at the TCHS Pickering Campus to get high school students, their parents and adults excited about careers in advanced manufacturing. Our direct engagement can demonstrate the connection between our field and STEM education to get the future STEM workforce pumped about advanced manufacturing!

See attached flyer for details:

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From AON: The Key To A Holistic Cyber Security Program: The Human Element

From AON:

The Key To A Holistic Cyber Security Program: The Human Element


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Philadelphia Fed’s Manufacturing Business Outlook Survey

Please click on the link below for the latest Manufacturing Business Outlook Survey.


MACC/DC Partner’s Meeting Focuses on Cyber Security

On September 13, 2017 the Manufacturing Alliance of Chester County and Delaware County held an Industrial Partners’ meeting on the topic of Cyber Security.  Charles Sgrillo of Kreischer Miller, a “Certified Ethical Hacker”, presented an interesting and chilling assessment of today’s cyber risks and what all organizations should do to mitigate them.

See this link for his presentation:  InfoSec 101.

In addition to the presentation, the discussion and post-meeting conversation generated valuable information for those in attendance.

We understand the busy schedule we all keep these days; consequently, we strive to provide useful, practical information and peer dialog at each meeting.   Members indicated that the meeting was very worthwhile.

Save the date for our next Partners’ meeting, November 16, in conjunction with Tech360, being held at Penn State Great Valley. We hope to see you there!

Omega Design and Netzsch Premier Technologies Sign Up for Manufacturing Day Events – 10/6/2017


Manufacturing Day℠ is a celebration of modern manufacturing meant to inspire the next generation of manufacturers. Manufacturing Day occurs on the first Friday in October — this year Manufacturing Day is Oct 6, 2017.

While Manufacturing Day is officially Oct. 6, companies and community organizations should plan their events on the date in October that works best for them. No matter the date, events should be registered on the site and can be marked as public or invitation-only events.

Registered event hosts have access to free event planning and execution resources and toolkits to make planning a Manufacturing Day event easy!

So far, MACC/DC members Omega Design and Netzsch Premier Technologies have signed up to host an event!

Should you be interested, please follow this link:

Tuition Free Manufacturing Courses at DCCC

Attached are the Fall 2017 courses available for the Manufacturing Alliance’s exclusive Tuition Free Manufacturing Course Program at DCCC. If any of your employees needs or has an interest in one of these Fall 2017 courses, please call or email:


Karen P. Kozachyn Ed.D.
Dean, Workforce Development and Community Education.
Delaware County Community College
901 South Media Line Rd
Media, PA 19063
Office T202
Voice: 610.359.5362
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From AON: 4 Lessons And 7 Questions From The WannaCry Ransomware Attack


All around the world, hundreds of thousands of computer users have been confronted with a big red screen demanding in big red letters a payment of up to $600 in bitcoins to unlock it.

They had fallen victim to the ransomware virus WannaCry, which locked up more than 200,000 computers in more than 150 countries on May 12, 2017.

While the initial WannaCry virus was partially stopped in its tracks after a couple of days, the full extent of the damage remains unclear. Plus there are fears that a second wave of ransomware viruses could soon be on its way.

“WannaCry’s worm-like behavior and its ability to easily propagate across the organization make this a particularly dangerous strain of ransomware,” says Ed Stroz, Co-President at Stroz Friedberg, an Aon Company.

“The malware spreads from the infected computer by scanning other computers and systems on the network, and over the internet, infecting these connected machines by exploiting the same vulnerability, all without any user action.

“Essentially, it only takes one infected user on a network to put the whole organization at risk.”

Another factor behind WannaCry’s speed and relative success is the intricate and Byzantine nature of modern computer networks.

“One of the challenges of cyber is that it is a very complex environment,” says Jim Trainor, Senior Vice President, Aon Risk Solutions and former Assistant Director of the FBI’s Cyber Division in Washington, DC.

“Bad actors use and exploit infrastructure both in and out of the United States. A lot of groups who conduct such criminal activity don’t reside in the U.S. This makes it increasingly challenging for both government and companies to protect themselves because those attacking them don’t actually reside in the locations in which they operate.”

With cyber risk on the rise, and business interruption a growing concern, what key lessons can organizations learn from the WannaCry incident?


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Delaware County Community College Receives Nearly $200,000 Grant for Process Control Technology Training

(Delaware and Chester Counties, PA • May 9, 2017)—The College received a nearly $200,000 state grant to augment training for adult students interested in pursuing technology careers. The College was one of 14 higher education institutions statewide to receive one of the tech grants from the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry.

The grants were awarded recently to educational institutions that have demonstrated a track record of training and placing adult students into occupations that are in high demand by local employers, according to the Department of Labor and Industry. The maximum grant award was $200,000; the College received $199,465. Preference was given to tech programs that benefit the manufacturing industry.

“These funds provide for equipment purchases and upgrades to provide adult students with industry-relevant training to better meet the needs of local employers,” Governor Wolf said in a press release. “The grants also allow local colleges and career and technical institutions to increase training capacity for in-demand programs to close the skills gap for local manufacturers in high-priority occupations.”

Delaware County Community College plans to use its grant to purchase six pieces of equipment to strengthen the College’s Process Control Technology certificate program. Process control technicians work in industries such as natural gas, oil distribution, food processing and pharmaceutical manufacturing.

The tech grants are part of a total $2 million in reemployment funds the Commonwealth made available earlier this year to accredited, post-secondary career and technical centers and colleges of technology working in concert with their local Workforce Development Boards, which act as the fiscal agents for the grants. The College worked with the Delaware County Workforce Investment Board (WIB) and the College thanks WIB Executive Director John Daly for his leadership and assistance in obtaining the tech grant.

Delaware County Community College has a state-of-the art STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) Complex, consisting of the STEM Center and a free-standing 32,000-square-foot Advanced Technology Center with the type of high-tech equipment used in advanced manufacturing, as well as state-of-the-art classroom and laboratory space.

For more information contact:

Karen P. Kozachyn Ed.D.
Dean, Workforce Development and Community Education.
Delaware County Community College
901 South Media Line Rd
Media, PA 19063
Office T202

Pushing manufacturing productivity to the max

Advanced analytics and lower-cost computing give companies a powerful tool for managing profitability on an hourly basis.


Right click here for the full article from McKinsey and Company

Breakfast With the Port of Philadephia : June 21, 8:30AM



The regional sea ports, along with logistics and transportation services, are an integral part of our global supply chain.

Join Delaware County Community College as we welcome Sean E. Mahoney, Director of Marketing for the Philadelphia Regional Port Authority, for “Breakfast with the Port”, on:

June 21, 2017 at 8:30 AM.


Don’t miss this opportunity to get to know our area’s regional port authority, hear updates on port activities, and learn about the latest port developments affecting your ability to compete globally.

8:30    Registration and Breakfast

9:00    Welcome

9:10    Guest Speaker

9:40    Q&A

10:00  Conclusion

Right click here for more information: Port of Philadelphia Breakfast Invite