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PTC Member News Brief Roundup

PTC Member News Brief Roundup

Article Published: January 12, 2016

Expedient to Attend 2016 U.S. Open Championship as Licensee

Screen Shot 2016-01-12 At 9.50.22 AMExpedient, a provider of data center colocation, cloud computing and managed hosting services, is a licensee of 2016 U.S. Open Championship being held at Oakmont Country Club in Oakmont, PA, June 13-19, 2016.

“We are very excited to attend the 2016 U.S. Open Championship and celebrate the Pittsburgh community at the event in June,” says Shawn McGorry, president of Expedient. “It is going to be a great experience for our team to be at the venue and see it live. Anytime we can support Pittsburgh in a positive way, we want to be involved, and this is a great opportunity for that.”

This will be the 9th U.S. Open to be hosted at Oakmont Country Club but the first for Expedient as a licensee with a table in the hospitality tent.


Ace Wire Spring & Form Receives Top Honor

Screen Shot 2016-01-12 At 9.52.09 AMAce Wire Spring & Form Co., Inc. is honored to announce it has won the 2015 Manufacturer of the Year - Premo J. Pappafava Family Business Award. The Pittsburgh region’s proud manufacturing tradition – and future – was honored at the eleventh annual Manufacturer of the Year Awards program, presented by the Pittsburgh Business Times.

Ace Wire Spring & Form, an industry leader in the manufacturing of Compression Springs, Extension Springs, Torsion Springs, and Wire Form, has been family owned and operated for over 75 years. Located in McKees Rocks, PA, Ace Wire Spring & Form recognizes and congratulates its fellow finalists Edward Marc Brands, Inc., Sloan Lubrication Systems, and Walter Long Manufacturing in the continuing work of advancing the local manufacturing industry as a whole.

In 1939, Ace Wire Spring & Form started out in the industry with a small coiling machine making garter springs by hand. The owner, Joseph Vodvarka, was a machinist, working hands-on in the upstairs room of his house, which was converted into a small office / shop to produce the garter springs needed at the time. Through the years, Ace Wire Spring & Form grew, and the belief of family was always a part of it. In 1976, Joseph

Circuits, LLC Spotlighted on The Fox Business Network

Circuits, LLC of Murrysville, PA was spotlighted in a nationally televised production called “Manufacturing Marvels” produced by (Marvel Production Group, LLC) on January, 4th, 2016 on The Fox Business Network. The two-minute production showcased the 30,000 sq. ft. purpose-designed flexible PCB manufacturing facility.

Circuits’ President, Adeodato Vigano, commented “We are very excited to be involved with Marvel Production Group, LLC and The Fox Business Network. This opportunity give us the chance to show people a glimpse of a the complex and intricate fabrication process required to build flexible printed circuit boards along with our team of engineers who are committed to helping our customers build a more robust, reliable design.”

Portable Power

Car charger utilizing Covestro polycarbonate keeps devices juiced up … even when the drive is done

Screen Shot 2016-01-12 At 9.54.50 AMWhen on the road and your mobile device is running on empty, a car charger is an invaluable accessory. To solve the frustration of reaching a destination with only a partial charge, mobile hardware company Nomad has taken the standard car charger one step further with the Nomad Roadtrip. The Roadtrip is an innovative car charger with a built-in portable battery for on-the-go use. 

When designing for the modern nomad, materials must be sleek, tough and lightweight. To meet these essential requirements, Nomad chose Makrolon® 2207 polycarbonate from Covestro LLC for the device’s protective outer shell. 

“Materials selection is important to us, and we find Makrolon® 2207 polycarbonate has the right attributes for our needs,” said Brian Hahn, chief of product, Nomad. “The polycarbonate is easy to work with, highly consistent and provides a strong, high-impact shell for Roadtrip that withstands daily use. Several of our products use the material and we’ve found it holds up well for our applications.”

Roadtrip charges a mobile device via the car’s standard 12V power outlet and features a 3,000mAh backup battery inside that provides power on the go. Roadtrip uses pass-through charging, in which the plugged-in device is charged first, followed by the internal battery. It has two charging ports, a standard USB Type-A port and a USB Type-C port for charging the latest gadgets.

Lisa Mork Davis Joins Industrial Scientific as Director, Advanced Safety Applications

Screen Shot 2016-01-12 At 10.01.32 AMIndustrial Scientific, the global leader in gas detection, announced that Lisa Mork Davis has joined the company as Director, Advanced Safety Applications. In this role, Lisa will provide gas detection and wireless applications expertise for global sales and marketing efforts.

Lisa has spent most of her career in various leadership positions within the gas detection industry. Most recently she was a business development leader for wireless and enhanced safety solutions at Honeywell Analytics and was a sales and marketing leader with RAE Systems prior to the company being acquired by Honeywell. Lisa has a BA in Chemistry from Arizona State University and a graduate diploma from University of Adelaide in Environmental Studies. 

 “I am honored to join a talented team with such laser focus on using technology to end death in the workplace,” said Lisa. “I look forward to working with the sales and marketing teams here at Industrial Scientific to help achieve our goal.”


Screen Shot 2016-01-12 At 9.57.12 AMThe Pittsburgh Life Sciences Greenhouse (PLSG), the region’s only pure life sciences investment firm, announced that it has imported Babel Health to Pittsburgh, further strengthening the healthcare information technology (HIT) sector with new expertise and anticipation to create more than a dozen jobs in the region for 2016. Babel Health is at the epicenter of healthcare software aimed at helping insurers process medical claims quickly and accurately.

“Our HIT portfolio has grown tremendously and is strong across clinical and operational-based companies,” said John W. Manzetti, PLSG President and Chief Executive Officer. “The healthcare financial management segment provides an additional growth opportunity for PLSG and the region and Babel is an excellent fit for us to grow the HIT finance space. Also, CEO Bob Dunn brings a wealth of deep domain expertise in HIT, fitting right into PLSG’s model of providing talent to the region’s life sciences segment.” 

Babel Health’s growth inflection stems from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), which is transitioning to a new reimbursement format for the 17 million Medicare beneficiaries under the Medicare Advantage program. 



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