Arbor Industrial Supplies founder receives Athena Award

Thursday, May 18, 2006


Mary Catherine Motchar spent more than 20 years building a successful business in a field that is dominated by men.
The Hempfield woman was recognized for her efforts Wednesday by being named winner of the Athena Award, a nationally known honor that salutes women for business and professional accomplishments, community service and mentorship of other women.

Motchar, president of Arbor Industrial Supplies Inc., Greensburg, received the award during the 11th annual Winners Circle Luncheon at the Four Points Hotel by Sheraton, near Greensburg.

Motchar founded Arbor Industrial Supplies in 1985, a machine tooling and service company that employs 11 people. She said the company generated more than $2 million in revenue last year.

She shrugs at the notion that the machine tooling business has traditionally been a male domain. "It's not so much gender, but we're competing in a global network. Manufacturing has been up, and it looks promising," said Motchar.

Westmoreland County ranks second in southwestern Pennsylvania's economy, said Jayne Huston, director of Seton Hill University's E-Magnify, formerly known as the National Education Center for Women in Business.

Huston said women in Westmoreland County comprise 52 percent of the labor force, with 33 percent employed in professional or managerial positions, the third-highest rate in the 11-county region that also includes Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Butler, Fayette, Greene, Indiana, Lawrence, Mercer and Washington counties.

Those numbers were part of a recent report by the Regional Women's Initiative at Chatham College, Pittsburgh, and the Women and Girls Foundation of Southwestern Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh.

Never afraid of risk, Dorothy Andreas Tuel of Deep Creek, Md., opened her first salon at the age of 19. But she wanted to create something different from her hair salon and founded The Sewickly Spa in 1997. Yesterday, the East Pittsburgh native received the Seton Hill University Entrepreneurial Excellence Award.

The Sewickly Spa also has branches in Ligonier and the Deep Creek Mountain Resort in Maryland. Tuel said the success enabled her to spin off an Internet business last year -- SpaEdge -- which allows customers to create cards and buy gift certificates.

Also recognized was Joan Roth of Hempfield, whose birthday yesterday was capped by winning the Community Service award for her role as volunteer coordinator for Excela Health Hospice.

Last updated by ArborIndustrial Sep 8, 2011.


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