Catalyst Connection is regional economic development organization whose mission is to advance the performance of manufacturing companies through accelerating productivity and business growth. Catalyst Connection is part of the PREP network funded by PA DCED as one of seven Industrial Resource Centers in the State. It is also part of the Manufacturing Extension Partnership network sponsored by the National Institute for Standards & Technology through the U.S. Dept. of Commerce. Catalyst’s core capabilities include manufacturing process improvement, organizational / human resource development, and business growth (sales, marketing and product development) services. In addition, Catalyst Connection offers financial assistance through grants and loans and has branded ‘Explore the New Manufacturing’ programs to attract students into the rewarding careers available in the mfg. industry.