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

Kreischer Miller 2017 Greater Philadelphia Manufacturing Survey

Our MACC/DC Partnership meeting on May 10, 2017 was packed with valuable information regarding issues important to manufacturers in our region, based on Kreischer Miller’s annual Greater Philadelphia Manufacturing Survey.


Should you wish to view the full survey, please right click on the following:­­­­­ Kreischer-Miller-2017-Greater-Philadelphia-Manufacturing-Survey-1


In addition to the active discussion of the survey results, the 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.  We are planning our agendas and topics for the coming year, which will include hot issues such as protecting yourself from cyber fraud, obtaining R&D Tax credits for new product development or for changes and improvements that you make in your business. In addition, we are scheduling an August Social/ networking event and a CEO Dinner in September. Please stay tuned for more information on these events. We hope to see you there!

“What’s So Cool About Manufacturing” Student Videos

On April 4, the Manufacturing Alliance of Chester and Delaware Counties held an awards ceremony for the 2017 “What’s So Cool About Manufacturing” student video contest.

Please see the talented and inspiring videos that resulted from teaming  students from 13 middle schools with 13 Chester County and Delaware County manufacturers.

The students’ enthusiasm about manufacturing was contagious!!

Click here to view the videos: What’s So Cool About Manufacturing 2017 Student Videos

Thanks to students, teachers, coaches, parents, grandparents, and manufacturers for their help and support in making this event a big success!

Stay tuned for the announcements for next year’s contest!

Updated Resource Guide

Please see the attached resource guide for MACCDC members. If you have suggestions for other resources that you could use or have had a favorable experience with, please send an email to Craig Fitz at the following e-mail address:

We will add only vetted resources. Please click on the the following link:

Resource Directory

AON’s Report on How to Prepare for the Top Global Risks of 2017

Please see this useful information for manufacturers, taken from “The ONE Brief”,  from AON.





Learn About Apprenticeships from Local Experts!

Manufacturing Alliance of Chester and Delaware Counties (MACCDC)

Panel Discussion on Apprenticeships

January 11, 2017

The meeting featured a highly informative panel discussion on “Apprenticeships” and associated programs. The panel was comprised of seven highly experienced representatives of manufacturing, technical education and higher education, and was moderated by Ralf Weiser, MACCDC Chair and executive at Aerzen USA Corporation.

Panel Members:


Topics covered the following, (please see for details):

For more information contact:


Clara Console

President, Choice Careers

NTMA Liaison


Karen Kozachyn, Ed.D.

Sean, Workforce Development and Community Education

Delaware County Community College




Kirk Williard, Ed D
Director CTCE
Chester County Intermediate Unit


Manufacturing Activity Continued to Grow in March – Philadelphia Fed

Manufacturing Activity Continued to Grow in March

March 16, 2017 — Manufacturing activity in the region continued to expand in March, according to firms responding to this month’s Manufacturing Business Outlook Survey. Although the index for current manufacturing activity in the region decreased from a reading of 43.3 in February to 32.8 this month, all broad indicators remained at positive readings. Please click on the following link for details.

New Date and Location: “What’s So Cool About Manufacturing” Awards Ceremony.

Well…it looks like Spring has not exactly sprung!

Due to the weather conditions on March 14,  and out of concern for the safety of our attendees, it has become necessary to postpone the “What’s So Cool About Manufacturing” Awards Ceremony.

But the show must go on! We are pleased to announce the new date/location for the Awards Ceremony:

Tuesday, April 4th, 2017

Penn State University – Great Valley
Campus Conference Center
30 E. Swedesford Road

Malvern, PA 19355

Please note that if you have already completed the on-line registration, you DO NOT need to register again. Your ticket will be valid for the April 4th Ceremony. The on-line registration page will be updated to include the new details for this event, and will remain open until April 4th for any additional registrations.

We look forward to celebrating the great work of the students – stay excited and we will see you on April 4th!

If you haven’t checked out the impressive videos, please click on this link:


Tracey Oberholtzer
Project Coordinator
Chester County Economic Development Council (CCEDC)

Eagleview Corporate Center, 737 Constitution Drive, Exton, PA 19341

office: 610-321-8242| fax: 610-458-7770


website: |

upcoming events:

Check out our 2015-2016 Annual Review!

“Growing Business. Growing Smart”

Manufacturing Institute: 2016 Year in Review

The Manufacturing Institute had amazing success in 2016! We reached students, parents, educators, and manufacturers to help improve the image of the manufacturing industry and establish the U.S. as the global leader of manufacturing education.

Please see the link below for more information!

Manufacturing Institute 2016 YEAR IN REVIEW

MACC/DC Winter Networking Event a Success

The Manufacturing Alliance of Chester and Delaware Counties hosted a Winter Networking Event on Thursday, December 8, 2016. Thank you to our event sponsors Malvern Federal, BDO and Moog Components Group. Over 70 manufacturers and industry resource providers attended this event to share contacts, make new connections and learn more about what is going on in the MACC/DC. This event was held at La Cabra Brewing, the newest brewery in the area featuring fantastic beers crafted on site and a delicious Latin-inspired gastropub menu. Be sure to visit this unique brewery/restaurant when you are in the area. Due to the success of this and our previous networking events, plans are being discussed for another networking event in Spring 2017- stay tuned for more details!

Head over to the MACC/DC Facebook page, give us a like, and check out the photos from the event.



WEDnet PA allocated more funds to Delaware County Community College!!

WEDnet PA are grant funds made available through the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Delaware Community College is one of twenty-one partners of the program. While these funds are targeted for manufacturers, IT and Health care organizations there can be and have been exceptions. The money can be used for both technical and soft skills training. However, only Pennsylvania residents can be reimbursed for training.

Once again, the State has allotted Delaware County Community College more funds based on our performance.

Training can be conducted by the College or reimbursement is available if training is done by an outside provider.

The College’s Office of Business Training is ready to answer any questions and help your company with its training plan.

Call or email Michelle Wallace to get started. (610) 355 7146

Department of Commerce Featured Innovation/Apprenticeship Articles

Sustainable Economic Growth Begins with a Skilled Workforce
An employer-aligned, demand-driven comprehensive approach to skills development is essential to helping businesses across all sectors better access skilled workers in order to grow, innovate and increase productivity. Read more here.

An American Apprenticeship Renaissance is in the Making
Since the dawn of our democracy, the American Dream has been about opportunity and the fact that anyone from anywhere in society can pursue and achieve a life where they are safe to live, love, and be happy…Read more here.

How U.S. Companies Use and Adapt the Apprenticeship Model to Create an Innovative Workforce
I was honored to work with my former colleagues at the Department of Commerce Office of the Chief Economist on the report that Secretary Penny Pritzker released today…Read more here.

What Manufacturers Are Saying About MEP
The Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) is a public-private partnership with a national network of thousands of trusted business advisors, manufacturing experts, and partners…Read more here.

U.S. Department of Commerce Report Shows Business Case for Apprenticeships
U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker today announced the release of a Department of Commerce report, “The Benefits and Costs of Apprenticeships”…Read more here.

Closing Tech Gaps Can Fortify Advanced Manufacturing and Save $100 Billion Annually, NIST Studies Say
To spur significant innovation and growth in advanced manufacturing, as well as save over $100 billion annually, U.S. industry must rectify currently unmet needs for measurement and “proof-of-concept” demonstrations…Read more here.



Delaware County Community College Offers Lean Certification Program

Lean Certification Program

This 56-hour program is offered at your place of business or here at Delaware County Community College. At the end of this dynamic program your employees will be able to apply principles of Lean to the everyday business environment. In addition, they will enhance their team building skills and develop facilitation techniques that will ultimately affect the company’s bottom line.

Please see the attached link for more information: dccc-leantraining

Please call 610-359-5137 and ask for Frank Agovino for more details and costing.

Learn How the NTMA Apprenticeship Program Can Help your Business

Enrollment is now open for new apprentices in NTAP-CNC Machinist courses for the Spring 2017 semester.  Other apprenticeship programs will be added in 2017.

A Fact Sheet and Information Flyer are attached for your information, below:



Information sessions can also be scheduled for any interested companies.

To apply, companies and apprentice candidates must complete some limited application/ documentation forms.  Courses in this program may be eligible for the reduced tuition program offered by Delaware County Community College to members of the MACC/DC. More information about this reduced tuition program is available here:


Please take advantage of this new opportunity!!

For more information, please contact:

Clara Console
Choice Careers LLC