Doyle Center makes changes

September 3, 2008
Tribune Review

The Doyle Center for Manufacturing Technology, which traditionally has helped small- and mid-sized manufactures gain defense-related business, has a new name and expanded focus.

The name change to DSN Innovations “reflects the organization’s evolving mission focus on supplier network coordination, agility and efficiency,” said a statement issued Tuesday by Dennis Thompson, its president and CEO.

DSN stands for “dynamic supplier network” Thompson said.

It represents the next step in fulfilling the organization’s mission of bolstering U.S. manufacturing, he said.

Located at the Pittsburgh Technology Center in South Oakland, the center was established in 2003 with support by U.S. Rep. Mike Doyle, a Swissvale Democrat.

The center operates with a staff of eight people with several additional personnel working under contract, Thompson said.

Funding for its $2 million annual budget comes through contracts from various government sources, including the Air Force Research Laboratory and Department of Defense.

It is no longer affiliated with the Pittsburgh Technology Council and two other economic development organizations — Catalyst Connection and the Pennsylvania NanoMaterials Commercialization Center — that used to share a common CEO and staff.

The old structure was abandoned after Steve Zylstra, who had served as CEO of all four groups, resigned in April 2007.

“We have developed a variety of solutions that facilitate the rapid assembly and seamless coordination of dynamic supplier networks to accelerate production and reduce costs,” Thompson said. “While the Department of Defense has been a great proving ground for many of these solutions, there is a rapidly growing interest on the part of major manufacturers as well.”