MAGNET and ME3 Move Material Manufacturer Towards Saving Money
MAGNET is proud to partner with The Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission (MORPC)’s Materials + Economy + Energy + Environment (ME3) program to provide “lean and green” technical services to local manufacturers. Recently, these joint services gave extensive help to Momentive Performance Materials’ Willoughby location, a quartz and ceramic material manufacturing plant.
MAGNET conducted an efficiency review at the Willoughby plant in early 2014 to reduce the plant’s energy consumption and maintenance costs. From this review, Momentive identified improvements in lighting efficiency and water consumption that could result in $50,000 in savings. Additionally, a waste stream mapping (WSM) exercise showed other potential savings of $50,000 by using the 4 R’s (Refuse, Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle) at the plant.
As these money saving methods have been implemented, a case study titled “ME3 Spotlight: Momentive Performance Materials Inc.” illustrates the glowing results in Momentive’s Willoughby and Newark, OH facilities.
You can also read about the ME3 program’s impact upon 14 Ohio manufacturing facilities, saving a combined projected total of more than $800,000 in costs for local businesses.
Though ME3 concluded this past April, MAGNET is available year-round to provide the same consultations that helped Momentive increase efficiency and savings. For more on MAGNET’s sustainability consulting services and how our Growth Advisors can help you turn waste into profit, contact Linda Barita at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 216.391.7766.
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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