Blog posts by MAGNET Ohio

[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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Celebrating Manufacturers in Northeast Ohio: NEOMakesThat

August 28, 2015 by MAGNET Ohio

    To mark Manufacturing Month this October, and in the run-up to the 2015 [M]Power Manufacturing Assembly on September 30th in Akron, MAGNET is introducing the #NEOMakesThat hashtag. The goal is to spotlight and celebrate the rise of Northeast Ohio manufacturing on Twitter for all to see, thus changing the national perception of our region and fighting misconceptions about manufacturing. The 60 Tweets in 60 Days campaign will run through September and October, and we’ll be celebrating and highlighting manufacturers in the Northeast Ohio region, along with the products they make. From household names like Sherwin-Williams and Chevrolet, to hidden treasures like Cleveland Whiskey, Reel Grip, and Myers Motors, we will be giving shoutouts via Twitter and other social media channels. "Northeast Ohio has a rich manufacturing history," said Ethan Karp, President and CEO of MAGNET. "Some companies, like Wooster Brush, have been making products in the region for 150 years, while others are much more recent additions to our proud roster of local makers." Also as part of the kick off to Ohio Manufacturing Month, MAGNET has partnered again with Crain’s Cleveland Business to present the [M]Power Manufacturing Assembly. This, the second year of the event, takes place

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MAGNET Trains Manufacturers on How to Take Charge of Their Workforce

August 17, 2015 by MAGNET Ohio

    There were many takeaways from MAGNET’s August 6th Develop your Workforce for Growth event, but a key one is this: do your due diligence. Today’s manufacturing landscape is both promising and challenging; while some challenges may be out of your business’ hands, there are many things you can do to strengthen your workforce. Our  Develop your Workforce event explored workforce strategies that your company can adopt and are completely within your company’s control. Director of Workforce & Talent Development Judith Crocker and Senior Business Consultant Donna Rhodes framed a variety of workforce challenges facing manufacturers today. Manufacturers, who often have unskilled incumbent workers as well as a shortage of applicants, are not aligned with company needs and culture. Crocker and Rhodes stressed that companies must be proactive rather than reactive in addressing these challenges. The event featured a panel of three leaders in companies that have successfully addressed workforce challenges, ranging from addressing skills gaps to retaining employees. Bill Swan, Lead OJT Coordinator at Swagelok, spoke about Swagelok’s successful program for developing a consistent talent pipeline. To improve their outlook, Swagelok partnered with Tri-C and MAGNET to create a fast-track program for potential employees. Participants who successfully complete

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MAGNET Educates Area Manufacturers on Building Sales Networks

August 05, 2015 by MAGNET Ohio

MAGNET and WIRE-Net recently held their fourth Accelerate Cleveland Manufacturing Growth Forum of 2015, presented by Dollar Bank. This informative manufacturing event focused on improving manufacturers’ business performance through a well-built sales network. MAGNET Senior Growth Advisor Tom Sovich was joined by other expert speakers to provide a successful and valuable manufacturing forum. Dan Collins, VP of Sales with Wire Products Company, opened the event by presenting real-world examples and strategies for building a sales network. With 35 years of experience in sales, Collins has developed a strong network of contacts and has recently used this network to add 10 jobs to Wire Products. Collins noted the importance of networking and the sales opportunities that can grow from it. He explained how his company earned contracts with companies like Remington Arms and Little Tykes through an "all of the above" strategy: maintaining relationships with former colleagues, new acquaintances, past clients, and current partners, in order to encourage referrals and future business. Collins said that in building a sales network, companies must first sell themselves as honest and reliable, and then sell their products as valuable and unique. In addition, they must surround themselves with "smarter" people who can describe the

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The Many Faces of MAGNET

August 03, 2015 by MAGNET Ohio

    Your company is complex, sophisticated, and multi-faceted - and so is MAGNET. MAGNET provides services to cover all of your business needs, with expertise in innovation, employment, and entrepreneurship. We have more than 30 years of experience helping small- to medium- sized manufacturers, and we know what it takes to make your business grow. Innovation MAGNET helps your business with every step of the product development process. In addition to helping you develop new products and processes, we help you improve existing products by increasing functionality and lowering costs. When your products are ready for market, we help you develop and execute powerful marketing and sales plans across multiple media channels. Throughout the process, we help you streamline your operations with lean consulting and related services. This allows you to improve efficiency in sales, engineering, purchasing, and manufacturing. Employment Your company’s success hinges upon your workforce. MAGNET’s Workforce and Talent Development (WFTD) services help you attract, develop, and retain talent, so that you have a thriving workforce poised for success. MAGNET has an extensive partnership network which includes local career and technical schools, community colleges, and universities. Through this network, we can help your business get interns, create

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Different Questions to Develop your Workforce

July 14, 2015 by MAGNET Ohio

Every company leader has questions about how to develop and improve their workforce, but many aren’t sure what those questions are. Northeast Ohio manufacturers face a common yet multifaceted problem of hiring and retaining quality talent for the long-term. One way to confront this problem is by looking through the scope of your human resources department. Peter Cappelli, author of the Harvard Business Review article, "Why We Love to Hate HR…and What HR Can Do About It," recently sat down for an interview discussing the challenges facing human resource departments in American business today. As you listen to Capelli examine these challenges, questions about your own workforce may come up, such as: • How can you demonstrate the ROI and cost-effectiveness of certain hiring practices and policies (e.g. bonuses)? • How do you overcome "nagging" and persuade your company to take performance reviews and career development more seriously across the board? • When should you hire contract workers and when should you hire from within? • If you contract your workers, are you managing them properly? These questions and more will be addressed at MAGNET’s upcoming event, "Develop Your Workforce for Growth," on Thursday, Aug. 6 at the Holden University

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