The article below is of the kind that fascinates MDN. It’s about a small tool and die manufacturer in Pittsburgh chasing new business in the Marcellus (and Utica) Shale industry. There are some important lessons learned by the manufacturer: it’s not easy and it’s not quick to plug in to the Marcellus supply chain. Certifications make it easier–but depending on the cert, it costs big money and takes time. Bottom line: There is no quick and easy route to getting your piece of the Marcellus pie. You’re going to have to work and work hard–but then, that’s the way business has always been!
Here’s an instructive tale of hope, determination and ultimately success in plugging in to the Marcellus supply chain: