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Last chance to sign up for Northeast Ohio's best manufacturing event!

September 22, 2017 by Liz Fox

Do you like manufacturing, food, and football? Sign up for the 6th Annual Northeast Ohio Manufacturing Symposium! Presented by MAGNET and Cleveland Engineering Society, this for-manufacturers-by-manufacturers event takes place on Friday, September 29th and features a valuable keynote from Ben Marker (General Manager, Riddell). Also available are several best-practice sessions on essential topics for today’s companies, including cybersecurity, talent development, market diversification, product development, and operations excellence. Attendees will also have the opportunity to… • Meet former Cleveland Browns defensive back Felix Wright • Win an official Cleveland Browns football helmet • Talk to peers from companies like Bettcher Industries, Sauder, M-7 Technologies, LEFCO Worthington, and more • Tour the new, state-of-the-art Riddell facility in North Ridgeville • And more! Kick off Manufacturing Month by joining us for the best manufacturing event the region has to offer! REGISTER TODAY! For more details, contact Linda Barita at 216.391.7766 or email

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MAGNET names winners of [M]SPIRE pitch competition

October 31, 2016 by Liz Fox

MAGNET is pleased to announce the names of nine entrepreneurs, startups, and small manufacturers who will receive an array of services and connections through the inaugural [M]SPIRE pitch competition! The finalists were announced Wednesday, Oct. 19 at the third-annual [M]POWER Manufacturing Assembly, a full-day event for manufacturers sponsored by MAGNET, Crain’s Cleveland Business, and the Cleveland Engineering Society. “Entrepreneurship is an essential and irreplaceable component of Northeast Ohio manufacturing, and MAGNET is thrilled to help these individuals and small companies achieve their potential by connecting them to funding and resources necessary for success in the long term,” said MAGNET President and CEO Ethan Karp. The winners, who represent the diversity of Northeast Ohio in terms of geography, age, gender, race, and socioeconomic status, will receive varying types of assistance from MAGNET and MAGNET partners, including grant funding, product development, market research, and specialized consulting services. Applicants selected include: PolyLux LLC – University of Akron spinoff company developing a no-stick bandage that will revolutionize the medical adhesives industry. Parihug – Case Western Reserve University students who aspire to manufacture electronically-connected teddy bears that allow loved ones to connect from a distance. FoodBuggy – Shaker Heights entrepreneur Ron Nelson has created small,

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

October 25, 2016 by Liz Fox

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

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Gear up for Manufacturing Month 2016!

September 12, 2016 by Liz Fox

For most manufacturers, the fall season is a time of evaluating first-quarter performance, welcoming employees back from vacation, and focusing on what’s to come after the close of the calendar year. However, the month of October is also Manufacturing Month in Ohio, and many businesses and organizations are looking for ways to celebrate the industry’s best assets and illustrate its bright future. But why is manufacturing so important to our state, and what does it offer to today’s evolving world? According to the Ohio Manufacturers Association, manufacturing is responsible for nearly 20 percent of the state’s gross domestic product and provides more than 670,000 jobs for skilled workers. In addition, manufacturing is the largest of the state’s 20 sectors, boasting $52 million in products around the world and generating nearly $100 billion in GDP revenue. In particular, Northeast Ohio manufacturers account for 14 percent of the region’s employment and 19 percent of our GDP. To heighten awareness of the sector’s importance to our region, many companies and organizations are opening their doors to students, parents, and others during the month of October. Manufacturing Day, which takes place on Oct. 7, is the high point, with over 1100 events taking place

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[M]NEXT: Why Small Manufacturers Matter

September 08, 2016 by Liz Fox

According to the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), small manufacturers - companies with less than 500 employees – represent up to 99 percent of all manufacturers and account for 8.2 million jobs in the U.S. As a result, productivity among this group has continued to grow, leading to the idea of always improving in any way possible. To sustain results, it’s important to note that people matter just as much or methods or tools. MAGNET has a wealth of options for manufacturers who want to up their game through growth. Among the most vital is [M]NEXT, a new initiative focused on improving operations and employee engagement. Designed for small companies who want to grow, these workshops provide the knowledge and tools to implement Lean manufacturing principles, streamline operations, and foster more trust and communication between employees, thereby leading to top-line expansion and economic impact for the Northeast Ohio region. This series touches on a wide range of topics essential to manufacturers, including: Lean manufacturing and other fundamentals Kaizen, Kanban, and problem solving Utilizing Lean in office and administrative setting Talent pipeline, attraction, and retention ...and more! Take advantage of MAGNET’s world-class expertise and join the ranks of manufacturers that

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MAGNET brings manufacturing trends, thought leadership into the spotlight

April 26, 2016 by Liz Fox

On Thursday, April 14, MAGNET: The Manufacturing Advocacy and Growth Network and the University of Akron’s Taylor Institute for Direct Marketing hosted the inaugural [M]anufacturing Matters session in conjunction with the Ashland Small Manufacturers Council. The event encouraged business owners, educators, and economic development leaders from across North Central Ohio “follow the trend lines, not the headlines” when it comes to understanding the present and future of the U.S. economy. Led by MAGNET Senior Growth and Innovation Advisor Bob Schmidt and University of Akron Associate Professor Andrew R. Thomas, the meeting in Ashland County addressed an array of manufacturing concerns, including the current state of the economy, patterns in domestic manufacturing, and what companies can expect in the future. “The presentation was eye-opening and very interesting,” said Tyler Shinaberry of EPIK. “We need to be creative and think creatively … The session presented challenges for the future, and we must look outward and get creative for the future.” “I thought I knew a lot about our economy, but this proved I did not,” said Gary Funkhouser, President and CEO of Certified Labs. “It was informative and interesting. It was worth the time investment, and we should do more of these

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MAGNET hosts briefing session for collaborative Adopt a City program

January 28, 2016 by Liz Fox

More than 45 guests were in attendance for MAGNET and NASA Glenn’s Adopt a City Breakfast Briefing on Thursday, Jan. 28. A collaborative project between MAGNET, the NASA Glenn Research Center, the City of Cleveland, and Cuyahoga County, the Adopt a City program pairs Northeast Ohio manufacturers with NASA subject matter experts and resources that enable them to solve technical challenges. Companies selected as a result of the program will also be able to access $300,000 in low-interest loans provided by Cuyahoga County and the City of Cleveland. [caption id="attachment_1543" align="alignleft" width="300"] Paul Bartolotta (Senior Aerospace Engineer, NASA Glenn), Megan Tomsik (Product Development Support Specialist, MAGNET), and Ed Nolan (Vice President of Product Development and Engineering, MAGNET) at the 2016 Adopt A City Breakfast Briefing.[/caption] “With over 3000 employees, NASA Glenn is a secret treasure in Northeast Ohio,” said MAGNET President and CEO Ethan Karp. “Since partnering with them, we have generated over 4 million dollars in revenue for the region and plan to expand that with this year’s initiative.” Featured speakers also included NASA Glenn’s Eric Baumann and Paul Bartolotta, Cuyahoga County Economic Development Adminstrator Michael May, and Tracy Nichols, Director of Economic Development for the City of Cleveland.

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Learn about trends affecting NEO manufacturers at our Nov. 19 event!

October 15, 2015 by Liz Fox

From Henry Ford-era assembly lines to 3D printing, manufacturing has undergone innovation that has drastically altered the business landscape. The sector is constantly evolving and bursting with new ideas, and many of these are found in the valuable industry of Northeast Ohio. Keeping up with national as well as regional trends is a crucial activity for any manufacturer, and individuals will have the opportunity to do just that at our upcoming presentation, "The State of Manufacturing: Important Trends Affecting Northeast Ohio Manufacturers." Sponsored by MAGNET and PNC Bank, the Nov. 19 event will highlight successes in regional manufacturing and discuss the sector’s fiscal future. Following a networking breakfast, the morning will be full of valuable presentations by economic experts, including Gus Faucher (Regional Economist, PNC Bank), Ned Hill (Professor, Ohio State University), and Marty Modarski (Director of Research & Membership, ERC). These professionals – also available for small group discussions - will offer their thoughts on essential topics such as: The State of Manufacturing: Where We Are and Where We're Going Disturbance in the Force: Economic Data that Keeps Me Up at Night What Should I Pay?: Compensation Trends for NEO Manufacturers As hosts of this event, representatives from Jergens

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ProtoTech pitches value of entrepreneurship in Northeast Ohio

October 15, 2015 by Liz Fox

Calling all entrepreneurs! The Incubator at MAGNET (The Manufacturing Advocacy and Growth Network) is proud to present ProtoTech:PITCH, a groundbreaking entrepreneurial contest designed to highlight product-focused technology and consumer startups in Northeast Ohio. Set to take place at the Ariel International Center, the marquee event will occur in late October and features select startups presenting their products for cash prizes. Additional services, like complimentary branding, prototyping hours, and entrepreneurial benchmarking, have been donated by MAGNET and its partners. Valuable networking opportunities and a demonstration room featuring contestant prototypes will also be available prior to the presentations. "The ProtoTech events - PITCH and INVEST - attempt to shine a spotlight on the exciting diversity of product innovation in Northeast Ohio," said davey.crain, Executive Director of Entrepreneurial Services at MAGNET. "I’m excited as many supporters and investors are telling me we’re on to something.   The INVEST event earlier this year was as good as any investment event on the Coasts." Held in Oct. 2014, the inaugural ProtoTech pitch event drew more than 150 attendees and featured six finalists who battled for more than $25,000 in funding. Everykey founder and Case Western alum Chris Wentz secured the $12,000 grand prize, while Michael Baird

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Join the Cleveland Engineering Society for a day of introductions, innovation, and insight!

October 13, 2015 by Liz Fox

Ohio Manufacturing Month continues with a celebration of local engineering and operations! Presented by the Cleveland Engineering Society and sponsored by MAGNET, the annual Industrial and Manufacturing Conference will take place Wednesday, Oct. 21 at the Tinkham Veale University Center at Case Western Reserve University. A valuable resource for engineers and manufacturers, the all-day event will tackle a diverse range of topics, including efficiency in operations, quality certification, additive techniques, and educational resources. The keynote presentations, set to take place during breakfast and lunch, will feature insights from Dustin J. Tyler (Associate Professor, CWRU Department of Biomedical Engineering) and Vitamix representatives Greg Moores (Vice President of Engineering) and Joe Pullella (Vice President of Operations). Attendees will select from one of four lecture tracks to follow throughout the day, including Research and Development, Quality and Regulatory, Process and Efficiency, and Resources. A plethora of seasoned experts will be speaking on these topics, including Mike Heil of the Ohio Aerospace Institute, Michael Hannah of Rockwell Automation, and MAGNET Workforce and Talent Development Director Judith Crocker. In addition, Case Western’s new think[box] center – an innovative 50,000 square-foot space designed to facilitate brainstorming and prototyping – will be offering open tours throughout the

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