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Connie Zheng
North of Nine Communications
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“TechShop Day” Declared by City of Pittsburgh as New Location Opens
City Council honors opening of TechShop facility as company begins new Veteran Affairs program
PITTSBURGH, Pa. , March 28, 2013 -- TechShop, a membership-based, do-it-yourself workshop and fabrication studio, today reminds the public that its Pittsburgh facility in Bakery Square is officially open.

Earlier this week, the Pittsburgh City Council declared March 26, 2013 to be “TechShop Day” in the city of Pittsburgh. The city recognized that TechShop is building on Pittsburgh’s manufacturing heritage by providing access to the tools that can drive a creative spirit and entrepreneurial economy in Pittsburgh in the years to come.

“Pittsburgh has a rich history of American ingenuity, from inventing the world’s first automatic washing machine to being the birthplace of Bingo and the Big Mac,” said Mark Hatch, CEO of TechShop. “We are incredibly proud to receive this honor from the city of Pittsburgh and look forward to TechShop Pittsburgh serving as a hub for local innovation.”

Pittsburgh marks the seventh TechShop location in the U.S., following last year’s opening of a TechShop location in the Austin area with future locations to come in Arizona (with Arizona State University Chandler Innovation Center, TechShop’s first academic partnership) and Washington, D.C.

TechShop Pittsburgh has the distinction of being one of the first locations to partner with the Department of Veterans Affairs Center for Innovation (VACi2) to provide 2,000 one-year memberships to American former service members. Veterans interested in learning more about the partnership and the application process should visit: http://www.innovation.va.gov/program-techshop.html

World-Class Creative Workspace and Prototyping Studio
TechShop members have access to over 15,000 square feet of workshop space equipped with world-class machines, tools, training, inspiration and support they need to pursue their passions, develop new skills and launch new businesses.

  • More than $1 million worth of machines, tools and equipment, thereby democratizing access to the tools that enable innovation
  • Hundreds of classes each month for members and non-members
  • Friendly, knowledgeable, highly trained staff
  • Community of innovative makers, artists and entrepreneurs
  • Group event spaces and workshops

In addition to the more than 4,200 individual members of TechShop, corporations are increasingly turning to TechShop as a strategy for motivating employees, developing new workforce skills and fueling innovation. Universities are partnering with TechShop as an open innovation studio for their faculty, students and alumni.

About TechShop, Inc.
Founded in October 2006, TechShop is a membership-based, do-it-yourself (DIY) workshop and fabrication studio providing access to a vibrant community of creative people and more than $1 million worth of high quality machines, tools and software. TechShop offers classes, workshops, instruction and meet-ups for people of all ages and skill levels. TechShop is based in Menlo Park, Calif., with seven locations nationwide.

For information and course listings, visit http://www.techshop.com, email info@techshop.com or call 855-TECHSHOP. You can follow TechShop on Twitter at "@TechShop." TechShop is also on Facebook as "TechShop Incorporated."

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