[M]POWER Manufacturing Assembly highlights innovation, inspires regional growth for manufacturers


Over 450 manufacturers, service providers, and industry experts came together on Wednesday, Oct. 19 for the third-annual [M]POWER Manufacturing Assembly held at the John S. Knight Center in Akron.

Sponsored by MAGNET in conjunction with Crain’s Cleveland Business and the Cleveland Engineering Society, the full-day event featured interactive discussions and breakout sessions on topics ranging from employee turnover to risk management. Featured keynotes included John E. Skory (President, The Cleveland Electric Illuminating Co.) and Tim Timken (President and CEO, TimkenSteel), who stressed the importance of collaboration and regional partnerships in relation to Northeast Ohio’s manufacturing landscape.

A newly expanded, sponsor-supported exhibitor hall also featured interactive displays showcasing diverse manufacturing capabilities, including a portable electric car, staged robotics battles, and a mobile welding lab courtesy of Lorain County Community College.

The winners of [M]SPIRE, MAGNET’s first online pitch competition, were also announced, including entrepreneurs and startups in medical, food, and other industry disciplines. These finalists received a range of awards spanning grant money, consulting services, and connections to outside resources and organizations best suited to help them take the next steps toward long-term success.

“As we continue with [M]POWER each year, we learn that our region is expanding through innovation and new technologies,” said MAGNET President and CEO Ethan Karp. “Getting these manufacturers together fosters a culture of collaboration that not only helps these companies grow, but boosts Northeast Ohio’s economic development and potential.”

Other sponsors for the event included Cuyahoga Community College, Oswald, Syncshow, CenturyLink, Hiring Optics, and more.

Want to see more of [M]POWER 2016? Check out our photo gallery and highlights video below!

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