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Philadelphia, PA /

Makers Meetup #18: History of Manufacturing in Philadelphia plus Bunker Labs

Quorum at the Science Center 3711 Market St , Philadelphia, PA (map)

For Makers Meetup #18 we will be featuring Jack McCarthy, author of the fantastic new book: "In the Cradle of Industry & Liberty, A History of Manufacturing in Philadelphia". You'll learn why, in 1906, Philadelphia was recognized as 'the greatest manufacturing city in the world'. And why not regain this illustrious past, with leadership from our modern-day Makers?!

We will also be featuring Joe Witte who will present on behalf of both Bunker Labs as well as his own venture, Kinetic Ceramics. In addition, Andrew Dahlgren and Phil Waller will intro their work with DVIRC to support the design, make, hardware startup and manufacturing communities. You'll also have a chance to learn about plans for the Maker Faire from co-organizers Nathan Solomon and Bruce Willner.

The program, networking and pizza will kick off at 5:00 with a table-top Showcase featuring the presenting companies and sponsors as well as Frio, Apop Sudios, Uboh and the Temple Robotics Club. The author will also be signing his books.

The formal presentation will begin promptly at 6:30. The program is free, but space is limited, so sign up now to reserve your seat.

More on Jack McCarthy:

Jack McCarthy is a longtime Philadelphia archivist and historian who specializes in three areas of the city's history: music, business and industry, and Northeast Philadelphia. He regularly writes, lectures, and gives tours on these subjects. His book In the Cradle of Industry and Liberty: A History of Manufacturing in Philadelphia was published in 2016 and he curated the 2017–2018 exhibit Risk & Reward: Entrepreneurship and the Making of Philadelphia for the Abraham Lincoln Foundation of the Union League of Philadelphia. He serves as consulting archivist for the Philadelphia Orchestra and Mann Music Center and from 2011–2016 directed a major archival project for the Historical Society of Pennsylvania focusing on the collections of the region’s many small historical repositories.

More on Kinetic Ceramics:

Kinetic Ceramics leverages proprietary piezo electric technology to develop next generation pumps and ultra precision machine tools. Our “solid state” pumps and actuators are disrupting industries including aerospace, oil and gas, transportation and medical equipment. Kinetic Ceramics was recently acquired by former F-18 Fighter Pilot Rob Frantz, a Naval Academy graduate.

More on Joe Witte:

Joe Witte is serving as the Executive Director for Bunker Labs PHL, an accelerator for veteran entrepreneurs, and also VP of Sales and Marketing for Kinetic Ceramics.. Joe is a former Captain in the US Army, Transportation Corps. He served for nine years as a reservist in logistics and completed a tour in Baghdad for Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2004. He was awarded the Army Commendation Medal for his outstanding service. He is also on the board for the Liberty USO and the advisory committee for USGLC, and also speaks regularly on topics of entrepreneurship and veteran’s initiatives. Joe has started 4 companies that have reached $1mm+ in revenue and has strong corporate business development experience. Joe is a proud husband and father of 5 kids. He graduated from Penn State University with a B.S. in Marketing.

Our major sponsor is Arrow Electronics - underwriting the space and the food. Other regular sponsors include NextFab, Duane Morris and Ben Franklin Technology Partners while the non-profit Merchants Fund administers our finances. Erica Minutella manages our social media engagement.

More info on our sponsors can be found at the following links:

We apologize for the limited formatting of this announcement, but Meetup (post acquisition) announced that they'd no longer support hyperlinks (nor embedded images) plus they've severely limited the length of event postings.


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