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  • 7 Mar 2019 9:21 AM | Anonymous

    Member News: Hennecke Inc. opens new state-of-the-art facility in South Fayette!

    Exciting news from our member Hennecke Inc! We had the honor to be part of the ribbon cutting ceremony and tour to see the new facility on March 5th. 

    To read the whole Pittsburgh Business Times article:

    Stay tuned for Hennecke's Open House event end of April were they are going to into local businesses, entrepreneurs and neighbors to get to know Hennecke and their products.

    Ribbon Cutting Ceremony:



  • 12 Feb 2019 2:45 PM | Anonymous

    We are thrilled to announce that we got awarded with the PAsmart job training grant for our Pre-Apprenticeship program!

    The program gives Senior students in High School the opportunity to get some hands on work experience at state-of-the-art manufacturing facilities while earning the industry-recognized MT1 certification (Manufacturing Technician Level 1), which accelerates them in our ensuing Apprenticeship program.

    Read more about our programs

    "A $40,000 pre-apprenticeship grant was awarded, in partnership with the German American Chamber of Commerce (GACC) Pittsburgh Chapter Dual Pre-Apprenticeship Program, to enable high school seniors to complete high school while taking theoretical skill classes and earning a manufacturing technician 1 certification. Students will complete on-site training at their sponsor company and earn six college credits for completing classes that integrate seamlessly with high school classes."

    Read the whole article

  • 6 Feb 2019 2:32 PM | Anonymous

    We are proud to be able to award the "Apprentice of the Year" award for the first time to Andrew Johnson! Not only was he brave enough to join us in our pilot program and started as first GACC apprentice at VEKA Inc,, he now is a huge advocate for our program and helps us to spread the word about the opportunities that come with the program. 

    He helped us recruit several other apprentices and functions as a mentor with his experience he gained over the past one and a half years and his outgoing and charming personality. Andrew is not shy to give us feedback about the apprenticeship program. His feedback is very much appreciated and helped us to continuously improve the training conditions, classroom training and much more.

    We cannot express how thankful we are to have Andrew in our program and how proud we are to see him grow and mature. 

    Andrew receiving his award 

    Andrew and his trainer Thomas van de Bunt (VEKA Inc.)

    Jens Janik (German Consul General NYC), Andrew Johnson and Joe Peilert (VEKA Inc.)

  • 16 Jan 2019 10:58 AM | Anonymous

    Ensinger is a plastic manufacturing company located south of Pittsburgh, PA is seeking productions associates for full time, permanent positions in our manufacturing facility for production in Washington, PA. Ensinger is a growing company looking for professional individuals that are mechanically inclined and looking for a career in the plastic industry. Full benefits package. To see the full job description, go to our job portal:…/job-market-job-listing/

    #jobopening #hiring #openposition #production #associates #ensinger#plastic #manufacturing

  • 28 Dec 2018 11:53 AM | Anonymous

    As we remember what an incredible year 2018 was for the GACC, we are also looking ahead to 2019 with a lot of anticipation and excitement.

    Our event highlights in 2019

    4th Annual Ice Gala presented by Bank of America Merrill Lynch

    Our kick-off event in 2019 and fundraiser for our Apprenticeship Program!
    Tickets and Sponsorship Opportunities are still available.

    Presenting Sponsor

    Supporter Table Sponsor
    Half Table Sponsor

    Deutschlandjahr Project - Future of my City Final Presentation

    This project initiated by the Ruhr University Alliance gives students the opportunity to be part of a cross-cultural project team with the aim to promote the cultural exchange of students from the Ruhr Area in Germany and the Rust Belt Area in the United States.

    The teams work on projects to develop innovative solutions to the challenges that their cities and regions in the Ruhr area and Rust Belt region faceThe best German team wins a trip to the Rust Belt region and we are excited to welcome them and see the results of their project.

    East Coast Industry Forum in Pittsburgh

    October 11th, 2019

    Next year the East Coast Industry Forum will be coming to Pittsburgh! 

    More than 1,500 German companies chose to locate in the North Eastern United States – a vibrant region for business and transatlantic trade which generates over 23 percent of GDP. The East Coast Industry Forum offers a perfect platform to connect with potential business partners and peers, gain unique perspectives on current business topics and gather valuable insights into economical and industry trends. The all-day conference features keynote speeches, panel discussions and in-depth workshops addressing a wide range of issues affecting companies doing business in the U.S. and in a transatlantic context.

    New GACC event series in 2019

    Mixer with a Member

    This series of events will give you the opportunity as GACC member to showcase your company and state-of-the-art facility and open your doors for other members and newcomers from our community. You can sign up if your company wants to participate as host in the series.

    Bier in the Burgh Series

    August - October 2019

    This summer we want to create a new tradition with our "Beer in the Burgh" series, where we host events and tours different breweries throughout the region. Guests who make it to all events and become beer experts, will be awarded with a "Master Brewer" certificate at the Fall Network Event.

    GACC Annual Events

    Save The Date: Anniversary Spargel Dinner
    Thu, May 23rd 2018 @Mansion On Fifth
    May is Spargelzeit! For our fourth anniversary will import the "Edible Ivory" of Germany to the beautiful Mansion on Fifth to celebrate our anniversary with friends and colleagues for a unique taste of German cuisine and tradition.

    Family Night at the Frick

    August @ The Frick

    By popular demand we made it a tradition to have a relaxed event at the Frick for the entire family at a great outdoor venue! Join us for a casual setting to meet and get to know others - including spouses and children - in the German-American and European-American communities and enjoy one of Pittsburgh's hidden treasures at the same time.

    Fall Network Event


    Our long-standing tradition from GABC times continues: the Annual Fall Network Event! This is a great opportunity for our German and American friends to mingle and connect and enjoy German food and beer!


  • 19 Apr 2018 10:51 AM | Anonymous

    On April 12th, GACCPIT hosted Hornet Security and their Board of Directors in Pittsburgh in cooperation with Pittsburgh Regional Alliance!

    During the BMWi Cybersecurity delegation in November 2016, Hornet Security visited our city. Two years after that, they decided to make Pittsburgh their U.S. headquarters! 

    Now that they are set in, we can share some of the best moments of this reception! You can also go to our Facebook page to check more photos! 

  • 17 Apr 2018 6:52 PM | Anonymous
    Our biggest event of the years is coming up! And since you already know Germans are crazy about Spargus, here are some facts about Spargelhof Schulze, our spargel farm in Germany!

    The region where the farm is located is called “Die Pflaz” and is part of the German state “Rheinland-Pfalz” in the west of the country. Due to its mild climate and fertile soil it is also called the “vegetable garden of Germany”. Next to farm that grow asparagus one can also find vineyards, fields with figs, almonds, cypresses and all kinds of vegetables. The region is internationally known for its tasteful food and wine.

    The Spargelhof Schulze is located in a region that is known for its high quality asparagus and is called the Vorderpfalz (yellow region on the map). The farm was founded in 1978 and is specialized in growing asparagus sustainably ever since.

    Before the event, the asparagus will be harvested by hand during night, so it is not exposed to the sunlight, packed on ice and then shipped to Frankfurt Airport. From there a Lufthansa machine will fly the Asparagus over the Atlantic to New York City. Our Sponsor and partner Emotrans will be in charge to transport the Spargel from NYC to our beloved city of Pittsburgh as fast as possible, so you can enjoy a fresh menu with the best asparagus!

  • 13 Apr 2018 5:55 PM | Anonymous

    Join us for our annual Spring Network Event at Penn Brewery!  We are excited to announce that this years speaker is Lord Mayor of Dortmund Ullrich Sierrau and his Delegation! Moreover, we will welcome our guests from the BVB Dortmund soccer club.

    The Spring Network Event is a long-standing tradition that started with the GABC! As one of our favorite events, we hope you can join us for German food, beer, and our German and American friends and colleagues! And this time, with the delegation from Dortmund of 25 guests, including the Lord Mayor Sierau and the soccer club of BVB Dortmund! 

    Keynote Speaker

    The event will feature our VIP guest- Lord Mayor Ullrich Sierau, who will speak on Dortmund's revitalization and how Dortmund and Pittsburgh can partner and learn from each other! 

  • 7 Apr 2018 9:49 PM | Anonymous

    In the not too distant past, Pittsburgh was a bustling place known for blast furnaces, smoking chimneys and soot, but when America’s steel industry imploded and plants closed, the population of Pittsburgh plunged while unemployment skyrocketed. The Steel City quickly became part of the Rust Belt. Today there is little trace of this history. Pittsburgh has reinvented itself, becoming a “center of inventors”, as Kathrin Werner aptly calls it. Ms. Werner is the U.S. Correspondent for Süddeutsche Zeitung, Germany’s largest broadsheet newspaper. During her visit to Pittsburgh, she saw autonomous medical robots, power-folding baby strollers and intelligent drones, all made in what was once the Steel City. Thanks in large measure to the region’s excellent universities, including Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Pittsburgh, the city has become an innovative start-up and high tech center. International companies such as Disney, Google, Apple and Uber have research facilities in Pittsburgh.  The region is also home to more than 125 German companies. 

    How has Pittsburgh achieved such a dramatic turnaround? Kathrin Werner spoke with Joe Peilert, who serves as the CEO of the North American division of the German company VEKA, the world´s leading producer of PVC-U profile systems for windows and doors. He is also a board member of the Pittsburgh Chapter of the German American Chamber of Commerce. Peilert sees many parallels between the region around Pittsburgh and the Ruhr area in Germany. This includes a skilled and loyal workforce with a strong work ethic. In contrast to cities like Bochum, however, Peilert sees greater appetite for structural change in Pittsburgh. New start-ups are founded and grow up alongside companies like VEKA, which expands. The population is slowly increasing, the cost of living is low, and transportation connections are favorable.  In the center of the city that once was one of the dirtiest in the country, there is now the greenest skyscraper in the world.  It is the new headquarters of PNC, the fifth largest financial institution in the United States. Pittsburgh has become a very attractive business location – also for German companies.

    Read Kathrin Werner’s article on Pittsburgh here (in German):


    Warum deutsche Firmen Pittsburgh attraktiv finden

    Vor nicht allzu langer Zeit  war Pittsburgh eine lebhafte Stadt, die für Hochöfen, rauchende Schornsteine und Ruß bekannt war. Doch als die US-amerikanische Stahlindustrie unterging und die Stahlwerke schlossen, sank die Bevölkerung von Pittsburgh rapide und die Arbeitslosigkeit stieg dramatisch. , Die Stahlstadt wurde Teil des Rostgürtels. Heutzutage merkt man davon jedoch kaum etwas, denn Pittsburgh hat sich neu erfunden – als „Zentrum der Erfinder“, wie es Kathrin Werner treffend bezeichnet. Frau Werner ist die U.S. Korrespondentin der Süddeutschen Zeitung. Während ihres Besuches in Pittsburgh traf sie auf autonome Krankenhaus-Roboter, faltbare Kinderwagen und intelligente Drohnen – allesamt hergestellt in der Stadt, die einst die Stahlstadt war. Vor allem auch dank der exzellenten Universitäten – dazu zählen Carnegie Mellon und University of Pittsburgh – ist Pittsburgh heute eine innovative Startup- und High-Tech-Metropole. Internationale Konzerne wie Disney, Google, Apple und Uber haben in Pittsburgh einen Forschungsstandort errichtet. Auch mehr als 125 deutsche Unternehmen sind hier zuhause.

    Doch wie hat Pittsburgh diesen kompletten Wandel geschafft? Darüber sprach Kathrin Werner mit Joe Peilert, Nordamerika-Chef der deutschen Firma VEKA, dem Weltmarktführer für Kunststoff-Fensterrahmen. Er ist auch Vorstandsmitglied der GACCPIT. Peilert sieht viele Parallelen zwischen der Region um Pittsburgh und dem Ruhrgebiet, dazu zählt er eine gute, bodenständige und  treue  Arbeiterschaft mit einer starken Arbeitsmoral. Doch anders als in Städten wie Bochum sieht Peilert in Pittsburgh Mut zum Strukturwandel. Neue Startups entstehen neben Unternehmen wie VEKA, das expandiert. Auch die Einwohnerzahl steigt wieder leicht, die Lebenshaltungskosten sind gering und Transportverbindungen sind vorhanden. Mitten in der Stadt, die einst zu den schmutzigsten des Landes gehörte, steht heute das grünste Hochhaus der Welt. Es ist das neue Hauptquartier von PNC, dem fünftgrößten Geldhaus in den USA. Pittsburgh hat sich zu einem attraktiven Unternehmensstandort entwickelt – auch für deutsche Firmen.

  • 7 Apr 2018 9:47 PM | Anonymous

    Pittsburgh is exceptionally fortunate to have a new German-owned company taking up residence on the city’s South Side. SCOPE International launched its operations here in October 2015 to meet client needs in the United States. Mr. Gerald Meub, the company’s CEO, came to town to mark the occasion and to officially name Ms. Alethea Wieland to lead the company’s activities here.

    SCOPE International is an independent, global, full-service contract research organization (CRO) headquartered in Mannheim, Germany. The firm supports clinical trials and regulatory submissions for pharmaceutical, biotechnology, and medical device companies worldwide. SCOPE offers comprehensive clinical development services, including project management, clinical monitoring, data management, biostatistics, and medical writing for a single trial or an entire clinical trials program.

    Ms. Wieland is an entrepreneurial expert with extensive experience with clinical research operations, quality control and audits, regulatory submissions, and negotiations with the FDA and Health Canada. She knows first-hand Pittsburgh’s emerging life science sector with impressive drug, biologic, and medical device innovations and spin-outs from the universities that draw outside investments. Although some pockets within industry have taken notice, Pittsburgh is not well known outside of the US. Ms. Wieland firmly believes that Pittsburgh has “economic advantages over Boston, Atlanta, DC, Philadelphia, and other more expensive cities because of the significant savings that can be passed on to our clients from our competitive housing market, cost of living, salary requirements, and highly educated workforce.”

    Christian Manders, COO of Promethean LifeSciences, Inc., which is based in Pittsburgh, said, “(our city) is one of the few regions in the world that has over a billion dollars in basic science research and top tier computer science talent (but) Pittsburgh has been underperforming on the commercialization of its research and SCOPE should be able to help the region take the next steps to prove and commercialize concepts.”

    SCOPE’s U.S. office opens with multiple customer projects already underway with more slated for 2016. We wish the company well. It brings world-class capability in its field to the region and it recognizes that Pittsburgh is a very promising place to start its U.S. operations.

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