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?


Please click on the following link for more information:

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

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


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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