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  • 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.

  • 7 Apr 2018 9:39 PM | Anonymous

    Global businesses and investors have recognized Hannover Messe as a top trade and investment show for decades, but with the United States as the event Partner Country for the first time in history, there is more opportunity for U.S. companies and the nation as a whole to showcase itself as the global business leader.

    Companies that participate as U.S. exhibitors in a U.S. Pavilion will find unequaled advantage by participating in the U.S. Pavilions:

    • Connect directly to more than 200,000 attendees, including global investors, buyers, distributors, resellers, and members of the business media.
    • Reach a global audience that comes from more than 70 countries.
    • Network with more than 100 business delegations that come to the event ready to make business deals.
    • Connect across industry sectors from energy, industrial automation, digital factory, industrial supply, and research technology.
    • Take advantage of support from the U.S. Commercial Service and SelectUSA including personalized, 1-on-1 counseling tailored to your needs.

    For registration or more information, go to

  • 7 Apr 2018 9:38 PM | Anonymous

    Germans, Austrians and Swiss who are planning on doing an internship or traineeship in the U.S. can only apply for a J-1 Exchange Visitor Visa by submitting a Certificate of Eligibility at the U.S. Consulate in his or her home country. The German American Chamber of Commerce New York is officially authorized by the U.S. Department of State to issue a DS-2019 Certificate of Eligibility for interns and trainees. With the issuance of the DS-2019, the GACC operates as the sponsor of the Exchange Visitor during the entire stay in the U.S.

    If you want to know more about our J-1 Visa Service as well as other employment-based immigration issues regarding temporary and permanent visas for foreign employees, then join us for our Executive Roundtable on Immigration Visas on Thursday, August 20! Thomas Dzimian, the responsible Officer for the GACC J-1 internship visa and an expert in his field, and Alexa Forte, Director in the Immigration Practice Group at Cohen & Grigsby, P.C., will give you latest information, guidelines and requirements.

    Sign up now for the Executive Roundtable!

  • 7 Apr 2018 9:34 PM | Anonymous

    We thank GACC Pittsburgh member Nevena Staresinic of Moderna Relocations for the following contribution.

    The German Mindset

    In the main, Germans are proud, competitive and ambitious. Society is highly structured and life is conducted according to a set of rules. Focus is on the long term, and on achieving stability. Germans enjoy a high standard of living and take their personal time seriously. Most people keep their private and work lives separate. Germans are highly educated and cultured; Germany is the best-read country in Europe and the arts play a big role in many lives. Germans are also active, enjoying outdoor life to the full, with many people practicing sport regularly.

    Business Organization

    Germany has few self-employed or entrepreneurs; most people in employment work for someone else. Hierarchy is very important in German business.  Decision-making in Germany can be a mystery to outsiders: in addition to the official chain of command, German companies often have a parallel ‘hidden’ experts, advisers and decision makers.

    Working With A Broad Spectrum Of Germans

    Germans are focused on two objectives: product quality and product service. They have a strong desire to be the best and are highly orientated to customer satisfaction. The process of production is important, as is the end result. Order, planning, a lack of risk and technical detail are all highly valued. Expect detailed negotiations with many experts called in; a great deal of due diligence on any deal; extended decision-making; lengthy contracts; and detailed follow-up. Be prepared to work hard at building relationships. German work teams have often been described as a group of individual experts working towards a common goal.

    Communication Styles

    German communication styles are direct, short and in general very quickly to the point. The style of communication in German workplaces is very formal; even people who have worked together for years use the polite ‘Sie’ form of address. Germans tend to be quite frank. Be sure you can back up your claims with lots of data. Small talk is not traditional. Germans tend to like people who are very clear about their expectations and getting down to business is the norm.

    The Five Essentials to Successful Collaboration

    • Be willing to work hard. Have a capacity to lead and analyze. Have a good level of technical expertise.
    • Be clear, honest and respectful; say what you mean and you mean what you say.
    • Be punctual, as being even a few minutes late is considered rude.
    • Presentations should be concise. Be prepared to answer technical questions. Highlight the features and performance of a product rather than its look.
    • Decision-making can be slow with opinions sought from various outside experts and advisers.

    American and German Comparison

    Main similarities:

    • Very task oriented
    • Communication style is explicit and direct
    • Driven by deadlines, don’t waste time
    • Linear, systematic approach to problem solving
    • Rely strongly on facts for problem analysis and decision making

    Main Differences:

    • Power tends to be more concentrated than shared in German companies, with a fairly rigid hierarchy; while traditional organization in American companies is believed to be flattening hierarchies
    • Germans take problem analysis and research very seriously; while Americans think that simplicity is the key

    Exceptions and rules

    There is an old joke that goes, “Germans love to live by rules. As long as they are German rules. Others’ rules don’t make much sense to them.” In a similar vein, this and other cross-cultural documents can’t be taken overly seriously or read through a telescope of rigidity. Cultures cross a wide spectrum. Individuals dwell within culture, including those who refuse to be bound by traditional social norms and cultural expectations. These days, many managers and executives are versed at living in the world and have adopted an international style. In this regard, Americans are wise to apply the US’ culturally typed acceptance, fairness, democracy and openness at full throttle. Be inquisitive, open, ask good questions, listen carefully, and learn about each other.

    Generally speaking, general-isms are often true. When dealing with each other, we remain mindful of generational differences, the speed of social change, accelerations that bring people together more than in the past, sharing and living across cultures, a global cosmopolitanism in urban centers, and myriad ways in which converging spheres of consumerism, news, language and information may yet mask deep differences in habit, culture, and expectations. Maintaining an open, flexible, tolerant stance can be helpful in deepening understanding, and establishing trusting contacts that lead to strong relationships.

    For more in-depth about German society characteristics, as Etiquette, Business Meeting Culture, Forms of Address, Making a Good Impression or Easy guide on key elements of other society mindsets, please inquire at

    Moderna Relocation helps corporate transferees, newcomers and companies with Orientation, Settling-In, House/Office Finding and Cross-cultural training in the Pittsburgh region.

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