Showcase for Commerce | Denmark drone, robotics company opening Johnstown site; JWF, CTC announce contracts

JOHNSTOWN, Pa. – A company from Denmark will open a robotics assembly facility in the Johnstown area, it announced during a press conference on Friday that concluded the annual Showcase for Commerce defense industry expo in downtown Johnstown. UXV Technologies will open a 7,000-square-foot facility in about a month at the JARI Business Park in […]

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Liberty Hill to manufacture weapons system components for Northrop Grumman

Defense and aerospace industry leader Northrop Grumman is creating opportunities for small manufacturers, including veteran-owned and disadvantaged businesses in West Virginia and surrounding areas. Representatives from Northrop Grumman recently participated in a Small Business Outreach Expo organized by the AIM Higher Consortium, a U.S. Department of Defense-funded initiative to connect manufacturers in the region to […]

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PITTSBURGH (December 5, 2022)— National and regional space industry stakeholders gathered on Friday for the launch of the Keystone Space Innovation Center and AFWERX Pittsburgh. This is a pilot program for future innovation opportunities by means of an AFWERX, Astrobotic and Keystone Space Collaborative partnership to create a permanent, long-term Space Innovation Center on Pittsburgh’s […]

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Pittsburgh’s Neighborhood 91 will be home to futuristic manufacturing

Pittsburghers are known for being neighborly, but one recent neighborhood event attended by University of Pittsburgh Chancellor Patrick Gallagher was a little different than most. Speaking to a crowd in a cavernous warehouse on the Neighborhood 91 campus on June 21, Gallagher kicked off a two-day event citing Pittsburgh’s innovative history and touting the region’s burgeoning defense […]

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Building a local ecosystem for defense manufacturing

When a small inexpensive 3D printer aboard an aircraft carrier in the Pacific Ocean was used to make a replacement bumper for an F-35B fighter jet’s landing gear door in 2018, it saved the Marine Corps from having to order an entire new $60,000 door. It also saved time. It took only days instead of […]

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ARM Institute Names Two Fellows in Support AIM Higher Consortium

The AIM Higher Consortium is a Defense Manufacturing Community led by Catalyst Connection that serves the Southwestern Pennsylvania and West Virginia region. July 27, 2022 – The ARM Institute is proud to announce the selection of two new ARM Institute Fellows: Jim Clark from ARIS Technology and Christopher Ravasio from ARIN Technologies. The ARM Institute Fellowship […]

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‘Historical’ day at Showcase: JWF claims region’s first vehicle assembly line; Pa., Denmark announce energy pact

JOHNSTOWN, Pa. – JWF Industries has begun building complete Army ground mobility vehicles at its facility on Iron Street in Johnstown, company leaders said Friday. “We’ve done something pretty historical,” said Bill Polacek, JWF Industries president, during the Showcase for Commerce defense industry trade show in downtown Johnstown. “We have the region’s first-ever vehicle assembly […]

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New facility will support long-term growth in advanced weapons development by investing in adaptable manufacturing techniques

ROCKET CENTER, W.Va. – July 6, 2022 – Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC) today announced the construction of a new 113,000 square foot facility in West Virginia that will increase the company’s capacity within the defense industrial base to ensure delivery of current and future weapons to meet warfighter needs. “Our new missile integration facility […]

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The Health and Readiness of the Defense Industrial Base 

NEW IN 2022: This is the first Vital Signs report to include data on the impact of COVID-19 pandemic on the health of DIB.  The National Defense Industrial Association’s third annual Vital Signs report is now available. While our main team of authors is based out of Arlington, VA, where the Association is headquartered, our contributing Junior Policy Fellows come from […]

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