Blog posts from October, 2015

Learn about trends affecting NEO manufacturers at our Nov. 19 event!

October 15, 2015 by Liz Fox

From Henry Ford-era assembly lines to 3D printing, manufacturing has undergone innovation that has drastically altered the business landscape. The sector is constantly evolving and bursting with new ideas, and many of these are found in the valuable industry of Northeast Ohio. Keeping up with national as well as regional trends is a crucial activity for any manufacturer, and individuals will have the opportunity to do just that at our upcoming presentation, "The State of Manufacturing: Important Trends Affecting Northeast Ohio Manufacturers." Sponsored by MAGNET and PNC Bank, the Nov. 19 event will highlight successes in regional manufacturing and discuss the sector’s fiscal future. Following a networking breakfast, the morning will be full of valuable presentations by economic experts, including Gus Faucher (Regional Economist, PNC Bank), Ned Hill (Professor, Ohio State University), and Marty Modarski (Director of Research & Membership, ERC). These professionals – also available for small group discussions - will offer their thoughts on essential topics such as: The State of Manufacturing: Where We Are and Where We're Going Disturbance in the Force: Economic Data that Keeps Me Up at Night What Should I Pay?: Compensation Trends for NEO Manufacturers As hosts of this event, representatives from Jergens

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ProtoTech pitches value of entrepreneurship in Northeast Ohio

October 15, 2015 by Liz Fox

Calling all entrepreneurs! The Incubator at MAGNET (The Manufacturing Advocacy and Growth Network) is proud to present ProtoTech:PITCH, a groundbreaking entrepreneurial contest designed to highlight product-focused technology and consumer startups in Northeast Ohio. Set to take place at the Ariel International Center, the marquee event will occur in late October and features select startups presenting their products for cash prizes. Additional services, like complimentary branding, prototyping hours, and entrepreneurial benchmarking, have been donated by MAGNET and its partners. Valuable networking opportunities and a demonstration room featuring contestant prototypes will also be available prior to the presentations. "The ProtoTech events - PITCH and INVEST - attempt to shine a spotlight on the exciting diversity of product innovation in Northeast Ohio," said davey.crain, Executive Director of Entrepreneurial Services at MAGNET. "I’m excited as many supporters and investors are telling me we’re on to something.   The INVEST event earlier this year was as good as any investment event on the Coasts." Held in Oct. 2014, the inaugural ProtoTech pitch event drew more than 150 attendees and featured six finalists who battled for more than $25,000 in funding. Everykey founder and Case Western alum Chris Wentz secured the $12,000 grand prize, while Michael Baird

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Join the Cleveland Engineering Society for a day of introductions, innovation, and insight!

October 13, 2015 by Liz Fox

Ohio Manufacturing Month continues with a celebration of local engineering and operations! Presented by the Cleveland Engineering Society and sponsored by MAGNET, the annual Industrial and Manufacturing Conference will take place Wednesday, Oct. 21 at the Tinkham Veale University Center at Case Western Reserve University. A valuable resource for engineers and manufacturers, the all-day event will tackle a diverse range of topics, including efficiency in operations, quality certification, additive techniques, and educational resources. The keynote presentations, set to take place during breakfast and lunch, will feature insights from Dustin J. Tyler (Associate Professor, CWRU Department of Biomedical Engineering) and Vitamix representatives Greg Moores (Vice President of Engineering) and Joe Pullella (Vice President of Operations). Attendees will select from one of four lecture tracks to follow throughout the day, including Research and Development, Quality and Regulatory, Process and Efficiency, and Resources. A plethora of seasoned experts will be speaking on these topics, including Mike Heil of the Ohio Aerospace Institute, Michael Hannah of Rockwell Automation, and MAGNET Workforce and Talent Development Director Judith Crocker. In addition, Case Western’s new think[box] center – an innovative 50,000 square-foot space designed to facilitate brainstorming and prototyping – will be offering open tours throughout the

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New Ohio Initiative Furthers Positive Image of Manufacturing

October 05, 2015 by Liz Fox

Ohio manufacturers are opting for a new model that may build the future workforce and further the state’s economy. Launched last month by the Ohio Department of Higher Education and Lightweight Innovations for Tomorrow (LIFT), the new Ohio Manufacturing Careers Council is an initiative that aims to harness and build manufacturing skills across different age groups. The group, which has already acquired nearly $700,000 in funding, aims to foster a strong pipeline of current and future workers by partnering with state workforce and education groups. "There are a lot of manufacturers who have been very proactive in reaching out to local schools, banding together to try to come up with strategies at the local or regional level related to image," said Cheryl Hay, deputy chancellor for higher education and workforce alignment for the Ohio Department of Higher Education. "There are a lot of great things going on. Our job at the state level will be how do we loop all those together, honor what is going on in those areas and then create an overall state strategy." As part of these efforts, MAGNET has partnered with the Dayton Regional Manufacturers Association (DRMA) to assess and improve the image of manufacturing

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MAGNET Acts As Participant in MEP Internship Program

October 05, 2015 by MAGNET Ohio

The Ohio Manufacturing Extension Program Partnership (MEP) has introduced a new program intended to help high school students find internships - and potential careers - in local manufacturing. The MEP internship program is modeled on a work-based learning program created by MAGNET, and has been adopted by the entire state. The program is based on the premise that high school students have developed skills during career technical programs and can still develop these skills while in high school. Students are provided with the opportunity to apply these skills in real-world settings and to show manufacturers the value of offering students these opportunities and the value of providing on-the-job learning. MAGNET MEP Internship MAGNET Polaris Internship "It’s a great opportunity for schools and manufacturers to take a proactive role in developing a highly skilled manufacturing workforce for now and the future," said Judith Crocker, Director of Workforce and Talent Development at MAGNET. The Manufacturing Extension Project reimburses part of the wages paid to the students by the manufacturing during the internship, and over 70 percent of students engaged in the programs were hired after the internship.

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[M]POWER 2015 draws over 450 attendees, outlines successes in local manufacturing

October 02, 2015 by MAGNET Ohio

On September 30th, 2015, MAGNET and Crain’s Cleveland Business hosted [M]Power 2015, a celebration of the best and brightest of Northeast Ohio’s manufacturing community. Kicking off October’s Manufacturing Month, [M]Power saw over 450 attendees at the John S. Knight Center in Akron coming together to attend informative, in-depth breakout sessions and to network over breakfast and lunch. "This year’s [M]Power has been a complete success," said MAGNET President and CEO Ethan Karp. "We measure that by the feedback we’ve received from attendees, which has been overwhelmingly positive. And, with over a hundred additional attendees from last year’s event, it’s very clear that Northeast Ohio manufacturers are optimistic about the region and its potential." Attendees also listened as Sean Stack, CEO of Aleris, provided the morning keynote speech. A CEO panel discussion took place over lunch, with Ramzi Hermiz (President & CEO of Shiloh Industries), Dr. Mike Heil (President of Ohio Aerospace Institute) and Steve Peplin (CEO of Talan Products) discussing "what keeps Ohio manufacturers awake at night." Crain’s reporter Rachel McCafferty moderated this informative and fascinating discussion. The morning breakout sessions included topics such as digital marketing, ideation, cash flow, and workforce development strategies. Breakout panelists and speakers included Lincoln

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