Blog posts from September, 2015

[M]Power Spotlight: Tom Ault of ERC offers advice on tapping into NEO talent pool

September 28, 2015 by MAGNET Ohio

This is the third of the [M]Power Interview Series, highlighting the manufacturing leaders that will be featured at the [M]Power Manufacturing Assembly this Sept. 30 in Akron. A special thank you to Fathom Digital Marketing for their help! Workforce development is a growing issue in the manufacturing industry and its effects could reach far beyond the present moment. In fact, in 10 years it’s expected that the manufacturing industry will be lacking 2 million necessary workers due to the retirement of about 3 million current workers. While this may mean good news for those looking to get hired at a manufacturing company, it poses a host of dilemmas for the manufacturing companies themselves. Not only does the increase in retiring workers mean a discouraging loss of experience and embedded knowledge in the industry, there simply aren’t enough young people interested in manufacturing to take their place. That’s where people like Tom Ault come in. As the Director of Technical Training and Sr. Training Consultant at ERC, Ault specializes in workforce development for manufacturers. Presenting on "Quit Whining, Start Winning: 3 Must-Have Workforce Development Strategies for Your Business", Ault shared some of his thoughts about the industry and the upcoming [M]Power

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[M]Power Spotlight: Tom Leonti of Fives North American Combustion provides insight into operational excellence

September 28, 2015 by MAGNET Ohio

This is the fourth of the [M]Power Interview Series, highlighting the manufacturing leaders that will be featured at the [M]Power Manufacturing Assembly this Sept. 30 in Akron. A special thank you to Fathom Digital Marketing for their help! The [M]Power Manufacturing Assembly is going to be filled with veterans of the manufacturing industry. Tom Leonti of Fives North American Combustion is one of these seasoned professionals. Leonti hasn’t just spent 40 years in the industry, though—he’s been at the same manufacturing company the entire time. In his 40 long years at Fives, he’s seen the shop floor, the offices of upper management, and everything in between. So, naturally, Leonti has incredible insight into the interdepartmental coordination and continuous improvement that is required for achieving true operational excellence. Something that Leonti stressed throughout our interview on September 22nd was the idea of change and a culture of continuous improvement. First, he spoke about being nimble and adapting to change. More importantly, and more surprisingly, he spoke of the need to lead change from within and investing in the development of people within the organization. Keep reading to hear Leonti’s own thoughts on the necessity of achieving operational excellence in manufacturing, something

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[M]Power Spotlight: Sean Stack of Aleris talks ownership

September 15, 2015 by MAGNET Ohio

This is the second of the [M]Power Interview Series, highlighting the manufacturing leaders that will be featured at the [M]Power Manufacturing Assembly this Sept. 30 in Akron. A special thank you to Fathom Digital Marketing for their help! It is no coincidence that manufacturing has continually been a driving force of Northeast Ohio’s economy. As Aleris CEO Sean Stack says, "it has that fabric, that DNA" of a strong manufacturing base. His enthusiasm for the NEO manufacturing landscape will be developed further during his keynote speech at the [M]Power event on September 30th. Since becoming CEO of Aleris in July, Stack now has more opportunity than ever in ensuring that it continues to grow in a positive direction. There are several details he believes are integral to this—the first is their location in Northeast Ohio, the second is a culture of safety & accountability, and the third is following the zeitgeist of sustainability. Speaking with the passion of someone who clearly feels that manufacturing is his vocation, Stack shared his thoughts on the industry during an interview on September 3rd. VG: What topics were you planning on speaking about in your keynote at [M]Power and what do you hope the

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[M]Power Series: Craig Coffey of Lincoln Electric Talks Content Marketing for Manufacturers

September 04, 2015 by MAGNET Ohio

This is the first of the [M]Power Interview Series, highlighting the manufacturing leaders that will be featured at the [M]Power Manufacturing Assembly this Sept. 30 in Akron. A special thank you to Fathom Digital Marketing for their help! The belief that manufacturing and marketing don’t mix is held for many reasons. It’s often true that manufacturers are oriented towards technical details such as lean operations and product specs while marketers focus on external goals such as brand awareness and audience engagement. One man has successfully managed to stand between these crossroads and navigate a path for success. Craig Coffey of Lincoln Electric has spent the last nine of his 20 years of B2B marketing experience in the manufacturing industry. On August 28th Coffey took some time out of his bustling life—which consists of such fascinating activities as launching a groundbreaking welding magazine and planning for his upcoming segment at Content Marketing World—to speak to me about the junction between manufacturing and marketing and how exactly he hopes to address this at [M]Power on September 30th. Below you’ll find Coffey’s thoughts on everything from the changes in the manufacturing industry that are making content marketing a real area of opportunity to

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Max Hayes High School breaks ground with student opportunities

September 02, 2015 by MAGNET Ohio

Over 100 business and community leaders attended the Aug. 31 ribbon-cutting ceremony of the new Max S. Hayes High School in Cleveland. The product of a $48-million renovation job, the new vocational facility joins John Marshall High School and the Cleveland School of the Arts as part of the triad of high schools opening this fall. The event featured remarks from U.S. Sen. Rob Portman, state Sen. Michael J. Skindell, Wire-Net President John Colm, Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson, and Cleveland councilman Matt Zone. Each speaker emphasized the high importance of making students aware of the workforce opportunities available to them and the skills training and support available to get there. In addition to working with economic development nonprofit Wire-Net, the school has also partnered with MAGNET to ensure America’s youth has the education and skill training to prepare them for careers in manufacturing. The state-of-the-art upgrades to the school will allow more than 800 students to graduate with one of seven certifications and learn a valuable trade in automotive technology, construction technologies, engineering, welding, manufacturing design, precision machining, and software development. For more information on the new Max Hayes Vocational School and how MAGNET is helping to leverage the region,

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