Schoolhouse Electric and Supply Co. of Portland, Ore., plans a $7 million renovation that would bring 50 jobs to Pittsburgh over three years. Founded in 2003, Schoolhouse manufactures light fixtures and home accessories.
Pittsburgh Manufacturing & Distribution
The Pittsburgh region is for the makers, the creators, the innovators. Our manufacturing story is one of invention and reinvention. Pittsburgh manufacturing has roots in a culture of creating materials that built the world. While today’s manufacturing companies continue to contribute in the same way, our expertise in advanced materials, engineering, smart factories and R&D has made Pittsburgh a future-focused laboratory for industries like additive manufacturing, next-generation metals, advanced materials, coatings and chemicals.
What big companies are in Pittsburgh?
Several top manufacturing companies are based in the Pittsburgh area, such as Alcoa, The Kraft Heinz Company, U.S. Steel, Wabtec and many more. Manufacturing firms choose the Pittsburgh region due to its proximity to supply chain operators and distributors. Whether you’re a tenured powerhouse company or a new business, Pittsburgh offers high-quality infrastructure as well as access to a deep talent pool.
“Elliott’s decision to expand our business in Jeannette is based upon our long history in the community, and the synergies between our existing manufacturing capabilities and the new test facility that we intend to build.”
A Region for the Makers
Ample transportation infrastructure for distributing goods.
We’re a region filled with top manufacturing industry talent.
Regional academic institutions
Grads in manufacturing-related fields annually
first-line supervisors of production & operating workers; average wage $60,500*
Talent employed in ecosystem
Electrical, electronic and electromechanical assemblers; average wage $35,925*
Computer-controlled tool operators; average wage $42,810*
machinists; average wage $44,241*
*Employee numbers and average wages in manufacturing-related positions based on 2019 data.
PITTSBURGH Manufacturing Momentum
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Manufacturing Annual Wages in the Pittsburgh Region
Final investment decision made to proceed with developing ethane cracker in Potter Township.
Dura-Bond Industries purchased equipment from U.S. Steel’s idled McKeesport plant and is leasing the 317,000-square foot plant from the Regional Industrial Development Corp. and hopes to begin producing tubular products primarily for the energy industry within six to nine months.
Located in Fayette Business Park. Boeing acquired Argon ST in 2010. Adding on an additional 60,000 square feet. It’s a leading provider of command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, reconnaissance and combat systems for the U.S. military and our allies.
Formerly known as LaBarge — now occupies three floors totaling 135,000 square-feet of space in one of the Keystone Commons’ seven buildings.
Perryman will invest $50 million in two new furnaces at its California, Pa., plant, citing strong demand from the aerospace industry. The furnaces will be installed late 2018 and will create about 50 new jobs once they are fully operational in mid-2019. The furnaces will also produce titanium for customers in the medical industry and manufacturers that use the high-strength, lightweight metal to 3-D print parts and components.
Westmoreland County Industrial Development Corp. approved a purchase and sale agreement with the Elliott Group for $600,000 for the 13.8-acre Jeanette Glass property. The company proposes to build a cryogenic pump test stand on the former glass plant property. The company employs about 875 people at its U.S. headquarters along Route 130 in Jeannette.
A $60 million expansion project by EQS — a supplier of engineered, heavy metal components to customers all over the world — broke ground on a 110,000-square-foot-facility that initially to add 25 jobs to the 700 that already exist in the company’s New Castle, Ellwood City and Wilmington Township locations.
Niagara Bottling, a maker of private label bottled water, said it will open a 456,000-square-foot manufacturing facility at the Findlay Industrial Park for regional distribution. The $64 million project is expected to create more than 50 jobs.
General Carbide added 100 new jobs in a major expansion over 18 monthsThe $14 million expansion will add 60,000 square feet to the company’s main plant in Hempfield’s Carbon neighborhood. The majority of jobs created in the expansion will be for machinists, but there will be positions in the lab and engineering departments as well as some for general laborers.
The Shell Polymers Innovation Center, will also include a Center of Expertise for polyethylene as well as labs and an application hall. The facility will be about 85,000 square feet. Once operational, the facility will employ 60 people broken up into three specific teams: laboratory and analytical staff, a technical services team and a technology team.
Opened new headquarters on the Northside about 170 employees of the rail products firm settled into their new digs. The plan is to have about 250 people there over the next few years.
Forms + Surfaces, Inc., a manufacturer of architectural products, will expand its operations in Allegheny County, supporting the combined creation and retention of 346 full-time jobs. The company has pledged to invest $15.65 million into the project, and has committed to create at least 115 new, full-time jobs and retain 231 existing jobs over the next three years.
GE Renewable Energy plans to expand its Speers workforce by 50% over the next year. A division of Paris-based General Electric, GE Renewable plans to add 100 or more employees at the Mon Valley plant, an electrical equipment manufacturer, by the end of 2020. About 200 are currently employed at the site. The expansion is the result of a consolidation of switchgear operations by the company.
Officially launched in October 2019, closed a $1.5 million seed round and plans to build out a Zelienople headquarters with the funding. The company will lease 18,700 square feet at Jackson’s Pointe Commerce Park to establish both office and manufacturing space that will open in February. The space has another 20,000 square feet available for expansion.
Ameri-Precision Metals Inc. announced Tuesday that it has begun work on a 250,000-square-foot facility on Curry Avenue, where the two-year-old company will produce cold-rolled and heat-treated high carbon steel strips.
Tier 1 University of Pittsburgh’s Swanson School of Engineering
Since 2014, has attracted $6 million in grants from America Makes, the National Energy Technology Laboratory, the National Science Foundation, and Research for Advanced Manufacturing in Pennsylvania.
The Ansys Additive Manufacturing REsearch Lab at the Swanson school of Engineering
Pushing the frontiers to develop advanced tools for customers in this era of additive manufacturing, with a focus on metal, polymer, and composite materials.
The Advanced Robotics for Manufacturing (ARM) Institute
A public/private entity with a focus on the research and development of automation methods that will improve the efficiency of the manufacturing process. The Institute is overseen by Carnegie Mellon University.
manufacturing company Success Stories
$60M new facility. New testing complex for cryogenic pumps and extenders on the site of an old glass factory.
$9.5M Facility. Purchase of a 120,000-square-foot building in Beaver County for galvanizing large steel products
Shell Polymers Innovation Center
85,000-square-foot facility including analytical and testing labs and an applications hall for research into polymers.