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Pathway to Manufacturing Free Training Event

Clarion University – Venango, Intermediate Unit 5, and PA CareerLink are collaborating on a new class that will provide potential employees the opportunity to improve their skills in applied math and workplace readiness, in an effort to prepare them for training and employment in manufacturing trades. The classes will be offered at no cost.

An Open House event will be held on November 12 at Venango Campus’ Frame Hall (Room 116) from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Students with or without a high school diploma are encouraged to participate.

For more information, contact IU5 Adult Education at 1-800-461-6711 or at

This article was published in the Venango Chamber’s November 2019 VenangoWorks! Newsletter.

Member Spotlight: Matric Group

Electronics and People You Can Count On

Matric2Founded in 1971, Matric Group is a full-service contract manufacturer of electronic assemblies. The company combines world-class expertise with personalized customer support, working closely with customers to meet unique requirements.

Matric is headquartered in Seneca and consists of three sister companies—Matric and Dynamic specialize in printed circuit board (PCB) and other design and assembly services, while Windurance specializes in wind turbine blade pitch technologies.

After the product goes to market, Matric continues to support its customers with aftermarket services, including upgrades, calibrations, and repairs.

The company was founded by Andy Maitland and Lee Ritchey in Franklin, and the name “Matric” comes from a combination of their surnames. In its early years, Matric focused on providing electronic design and service support to industrial clients in Western Pennsylvania. Current President and Owner Rick Turner purchased the business in 1993 and moved the company to Seneca, where it has built upon that foundation and now serves markets all over the world.

“We have great and dedicated people that are committed to serving our customers,” said Turner. A native of Jamestown, NY, Turner chooses to do business in Venango County for several reasons. “The local population has a strong work ethic, the low cost of living here is attractive, and, of course, you can’t understate the beauty of the countryside throughout the year.”

Matric is committed to slow, profitable growth with reinvestment in their business, and the constant and never-ending challenges that arise on a daily basis has been a favorite part Turner’s 25 years as President and Owner of the company.

The company’s dedication to having a quality workplace and product has not gone unnoticed. For a second time, Matric has been selected as a recipient of the Governor’s Award for Safety Excellence. Dynamic has also brought home the award.

With technical competence, market expertise, and a focus on customer service, Matric is an excellent partner for projects of any complexity.


Matric Group a full-service contract manufacturer of electronic assemblies.Matric Logo Transparent


  • Selected as a 2018 recipient of the Governor’s Award for Safety Excellence
  • Company name is a combination of the surnames of its two founders—Andy Maitland and Lee Ritchey
  • Consists of three sister companies—Matric, Dynamic, and Windurance




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2099 Hill City Rd.
Seneca, PA 16346

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This article was published in the Venango Area Chamber of Commerce’s November 2018 edition of the VenangoWorks! Newsletter.

Schools & Industry Partnership Group Seeks Additional Industry Partners

RTI3 - CopyThe purpose of this group is to foster a relationship between schools and industries while developing programs to focus on missing soft skills and to build a pipeline of students (i.e., applicants) for future vocational positions (Assembler, Machinist, Maintenance, Welder, etc.) in Venango County.

The Schools & Industry Partnership Group meets three times a school year (fall, winter & spring) to discuss the needs of the school districts and how local employers can get involved. The employers’ participation helps to reinforce common policies that carry through from high school into the work place. Examples of such policies include the importance of attendance and the importance of being drug free. And at the same time, the employers are working with school personnel to improve student career and soft skills. Employers represented in this group are able to share with students (and parents) that there are great jobs (and good companies) right here in Venango County.

Specifically, during school year 2016-2017, employers participated in mock interviews, assembly presentations, career days, open houses, student job shadows, plant tours for guidance counselors, and perfect attendance awards for students at two local schools.

In 2018, the employers in the Schools & Industry Partnership group are looking to continue these events as well as incorporate an end-of-the-year student perfect attendance award with all the schools. Employers & School Personnel, there are currently 39 individuals (including 11 employers) committed to growing this partnership between the local schools and the employers in Venango County. If you haven’t been participating in the Schools & Industry Partnership Group but you have interest in doing so, please contact: Jaci D’Amico or Janet Stewart