MAGNET Manufacturing Liaison Steven Katz recently made an appearance on WHBC's The Gary Rivers Show to discuss the state of manufacturing in Stark County. Recorded Friday, July 21, the program features insights from individuals about what's made in the Canton area as well as why small manufacturers are so important to the U.S economy. Also included in the discussion is Eric Smer, Director of Community and Workforce Development at the Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce. Listen here (MAGNET segment begins at 47-minute mark):
Inside Business’ July/August 2015 magazine featured an article highlighting MAGNET’s new CEO, Ethan Karp, and his vision of MAGNET’s future. Karp, previously Vice President of Client Services, was promoted to President and CEO in May. In the article, he expresses his continued commitment to MAGNET’s mission to drive growth of small- and medium- sized Northeast Ohio manufacturers. In addition, he discusses the prospect of new initiatives and a continued widening of MAGNET’s regional impact. Karp draws attention to MAGNET’s significant regional and national partners, which range from local institutions such as Cuyahoga Community College to much larger programs such as NASA Glenn. MAGNET has spent time cultivating these essential partnerships to best serve the region. Karp explains that MAGNET hopes to build upon these partnerships to expand services and address current manufacturing challenges. One of the new programs in MAGNET’s pipeline is a high school feeder program designed to prepare students for manufacturing jobs, addressing the complex workforce needs of today’s manufacturing landscape. Another goal is to increase MAGNET’s partnership network and geographic reach. MAGNET’s services have a large, measurable impact upon clients. Some notable clients MAGNET has served recently include Cleveland Whiskey, OsteoSymbionics, Vitamix, and Biolectrics. These companies have
MAGNET is proud to have been awarded for its expansion and collaborative efforts at the eighth annual Economic Development Plus Awards, held by Team NEO and Cleveland Plus Business on Wednesday, July 9th. In the category of Business Expansion (More Than 100 Employees), the City of Strongsville, OH, the Greater Cleveland Partnership and MAGNET were recognized for the expansion of the Vitamix company. In the category of Regionalism and Cross-Border Collaboration, the City of Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, MAGNET and the NASA Glenn Research Center were recognized for creating the Adopt a City pro bono program. MAGNET wishes congratulations to all who were recognized!