ethan karpMAGNET (the Manufacturing Advocacy & Growth Network) has been part of the manufacturing landscape of Northeast Ohio for 30 years. In that time, the industry has evolved and changed. We have heard what manufacturers across our region want from their community manufacturing services provider and we are responding today.

Recent technology, workforce and competitive issues have made manufacturing in 2014 different than it was even a few years ago, with success coming to those who embrace change. To meet the needs of manufacturers facing those issues, MAGNET is refocusing its efforts to help our manufacturing community grow.

The 30 years of deep knowledge MAGNET has acquired helping companies measurably increase their top-line sales and bottom-line results is now being enhanced through working partnerships we’ve developed with a powerful network of regional assets ready and willing to assist manufacturers achieve sustainable, long-term growth.

The Partnership for Regional Innovation Services to Manufacturers (PRISM) is the combination of MAGNET’s deep manufacturing expertise with a wide array of critical resources including:

  • The award-winning talent, faculty and researchers at the area’s colleges and universities
  • Cutting-edge technology at government labs such as the NASA Glenn Research Center
  • Leading global manufacturers willing to share their expertise
  • America Makes, the National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute in Youngstown
  • and sources of capital interested in financing growth and innovation.

Among the manufacturers utilizing MAGNET and PRISM services are Nextant Aerospace, Vitamix, Vadxx, Trilogy, Sifco Forge, Wrayco, Thermotion and Plidco.

We hope you’ll enjoy and take value from the changes at MAGNET and the content will be providing to you over the coming months in the Crains Manufacturing Report.

To learn about the changes taking place at MAGNET to help manufacturers optimize manufacturing processes and productivity, design and develop new products, find new markets and solve training and workforce issues, visit the MAGNET website at

Don’t hesitate to give us your feedback or let us know how MAGNET can help you. You reach us at

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