“We’re delighted to have Ethan Karp join us” said Daniel Berry, president and chief executive officer at MAGNET. “His background and experience will add immediate capacity that will enable us to expand and accelerate our efforts to help small-to-mid- sized manufacturers identify and capitalize on their growth potentials.”
“PRISM is an ambitious and exciting opportunity to do something new and powerful for our region’s manufacturing sector” says Karp. “I hope to add fuel to this groundbreaking program that will lead to new jobs in all of our backyards. Northeast Ohio manufacturers are poised to be models for manufacturing growth in the U.S., PRISM aims to bring them the resources they need to achieve their growth goals.”
MAGNET’s Partnership for Regional Innovation Services for Manufacturers (PRISM) program seeks to achieve manufacturing growth through innovation. PRISM focuses on serving a large number of small and medium-size manufacturers who have aggressive growth opportunities capable of generating significant economic impact in Northeast Ohio via new jobs, revenue and investment. The program assists these manufacturers through MAGNET’s services and by providing a guided, deliberate portal to the many manufacturing innovation resources in the region.
Karp most recently served as an Engagement Manager for McKinsey & Company Cleveland office where he served world-leading, Fortune 500 companies on topics ranging from growth strategy to operations improvement. Among his prior projects Karp also developed strategies for public and private school systems, state budget proposals, and economic development for Northeast Ohio.
Prior to his work with McKinsey, Karp worked in the field of bioinformatics at Harvard University and Harvard Medical School. He worked with leading nuclear magnetic resonance equipment suppliers and other universities on expanding their products to new technological applications, while designing original drugs via statistical models that could be used to explore the underpinnings of brain disease and cognition.
A trained scientist in physics, chemistry and biology, Karp was also a teacher in Harvard’s General Education program for three years and a professional editor for American Journal Experts.
Karp has a PhD and Masters in Chemistry from Harvard and Bachelor of Science degrees in Biochemistry and Physics from Miami University of Ohio. He is the founder of the Harvard Graduate Volunteer Consulting Group and currently serves as a board member for the Men’s 2100 Lakeside Homeless Shelter in Cleveland.
See Crain’s Cleveland Business article about it here.
HEADLINE The survey definitively shows that product innovation leads to more growth, while “grow your own workforce” strategies will be needed to fill the major labor shortages hampering small manufacturer growth. Emerging technologies like the Internet of Things (IoT), 3D printing, and digital manufacturing are beginning to enhance innovation and productivity, but still have significant room for adoption amongst Ohio’s small manufacturing businesses. ABOUT THE SURVEY Under the direction of the Ohio Manufacturing Extension Partnership (Ohio MEP), MAGNET: The Manufacturing Advocacy and Growth Network conducted a thorough survey of Ohio’s manufacturing base. Contributing approximately 20% of Ohio’s jobs (and driving in some regions up to 50% of Ohio’s economy), and generating a disproportionate amount of export revenues and Gross Regional Product, manufacturing is critical to Ohio. Greater than 95% of Ohio’s manufacturers are small (under 500 employees), and these manufacturers need to remain competitive both nationally and internationally to ensure our economy’s health. Ohio’s Development Services Agency and the National Institute of Standards and Technology, which runs the MEP, recognizes the importance of this sector and fuels MAGNET and the Ohio MEP program to directly serve and support innovation, efficiency, and growth in small and medium manufacturers. What manufacturers need
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