The Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) is holding its 2012 Annual Conference right here in downtown Cleveland. MAGNET is proud to be one of the co-sponsors of this event. The conference opened on Saturday, June 2 and concluded, Tuesday, June 5, with plant tours to NASA Glenn Research Center and Lincoln Electric. On Monday morning, more than 800 engineers packed the ballroom at the Marriott Cleveland Downtown for an elegant breakfast buffet and the early-morning keynote presentation by James M. Free, Deputy Director of NASA GRC. Free shared the many ways that NASA’s mission is continuing as the focus shifts from the Space Shuttle program to deep space exploration. He also highlighted the way NASA is transferring technology to manufacturing applications here on earth. As a prime example of NASA’s terrestrial focus, Free gave a shout out to MAGNET and MAGNET’s President & CEO Dan Berry who was in the audience. That kind acknowledgement came as he presented the names of the nine Northeast Ohio companies that recently each won 40 hours of NASA expert technical consultation through the new Manufacturing Innovation Project sponsored by MAGNET, the City of Cleveland and Cuyahoga County. After Free’s keynote presentation, attendees had a
Are you a manufacturer that: Has ideas for new products or innovative processes that could deliver double-digit growth? Needs help in developing and realizing your growth potential? Is ready to work closely with experts through the entire commercialization process, from vetting to launch? Wants to be "Meaningfully Unique" in a commodity world? If your answer to all these questions is "Yes," we at MAGNET want to reach out to you. This year, MAGNET is formally launching a comprehensive new program called Partnership for Regional Innovation Services to Manufacturers (PRISM). This is a long name for a program with a simple purpose: help small- to medium-size manufacturers in Northeast Ohio thrive in today’s global marketplace. PRISM is a new business model and natural evolution of MAGNET’s original mandate. The concept is simple: Help manufacturers realize their growth plans faster, cheaper, and with less risk while creating a continuous flow from innovation thru launch. With PRISM, participating manufacturers will be able to leverage all Northeast Ohio’s many regional assets to create sustained manufacturing growth for Ohio. PRISM clients will have easy access to MAGNET’s well-documented 4-D innovation process, an entire network of partners, including economic development organizations, government agencies, universities, service providers
Vadxx Energy, a client of The Incubator at MAGNET, has been racking up media attention recently. The company’s innovative process produces synthetic crude oil from recycled plastic via a process called thermal depolymerization. Vadxx partnered with the MAGNET Product Design & Development group to finalize engineering and design of the intake system for its commercial production unit. In June, Vadxx and Houston-based Greenstar Recycling announced a joint venture to serve Greenstar’s municipal customers by converting recycled plastics into into synthetic crude oil. (Here’s the June 24, 2011 press release.) The previous week, Greenstar won a contract with the City of Akron to build a single-stream recycling processing facility in the city, in partnership with Vadxx Energy. On the heels of that announcement, the Cleveland ABC affiliate, NewsNet 5, ran a video report, including an interview with Vadxx Chief Technology Officer, Bill Ulom. (See "Akron could create hundreds of jobs with new recycling technology," ABC NewsNet 5, June 16, 2011) That coverage caught the attention of Mark Schmit, a Director with the NIST Manufacturing Extension Partnership team in Washington, D.C. Today, Schmit published a thoughtful blog post tracing Vadxx Energy’s evolution. In his August 31st post to the NIST MEP blog,
In the wake of President Obama’s announcement about his administration’s Advanced Manufacturing Partnership, CBS News reporter Dean Reynolds reports from Astro Manufacturing in Willoughby, Ohio. Astro Manufacturing V.P. Rich Petersen takes him on a tour and describes the company’s strong position in precision manufacturing for the medical device industry.
Pittsburgh, June 24, 2011—Today, at Carnegie Mellon University, President Obama launched the Advanced Manufacturing Partnership (AMP), a national effort bringing together industry, universities, and the federal government to invest in the emerging technologies that will create high quality manufacturing jobs and enhance our global competitiveness. Investing in technologies, such as information technology, biotechnology, and nanotechnology, will support the creation of good jobs by helping U.S. manufacturers reduce costs, improve quality, and accelerate product development. The President’s plan, which leverages existing programs and proposals, will invest more than $500 million to jumpstart this effort. "Today, I’m calling for all of us to come together- private sector industry, universities, and the government- to spark a renaissance in American manufacturing and help our manufacturers develop the cutting-edge tools they need to compete with anyone in the world," said President Obama. "With these key investments, we can ensure that the United States remains a nation that ‘invents it here and manufactures it here’ and creates high-quality, good paying jobs for American workers." (Read more…) Related documents: White House Press Release: President Obama Launches Advanced Manufacturing Partnership, June 24, 2011 Full text of the President’s June 24, 2011 remarks in Pittsburgh Archived video of the President’s
According to Ball State University’s annual Manufacturing and Logistics Report Card, Ohio is one of only two states to earn both an "A" grade in manufacturing and logistics. Indiana also earned an "A" grade in both industries. The manufacturing rating is based on total income earned by manufacturing employees in a given state, the wage premium received by manufacturing employees relative to those of other states and the per capita share of manufacturing employment. The logistics rating is based on the share of total logistics industry income as a share of total state income and the employment per capita. In announcing the report’s results, the Ohio Business Development Coalition interviewed MAGNET’s President and CEO, Dan Berry, who said: "As globalization, technology and innovation reshape our economy, some of the greatest opportunities for economic growth in Ohio lie in manufacturing," said Daniel Berry, president and CEO of the Manufacturing Advocacy & Growth Network, a Cleveland-based economic development group aimed at helping manufacturers in Ohio become more competitive and grow. "We are looking for opportunities to build on the strengths of our industrial heritage that’s highlighted in the Ball State University report by connecting these capabilities with future manufacturing needs in technology-driven
Published May 23, 2011, 10:50 a.m., by Robert Schoenberger "CLEVELAND, Ohio — Canton bearing maker the Timken Co. and Stark State College plan to open a wind turbine research and development center near the Akron Canton Airport next year that will also offer certification training to students. The $11.8 million project will be adjacent to the airport on 15 acres of land the college recently purchased for a new Stark State Emerging Technologies Airport Campus."
On May 4, the Cleveland Plain Dealer published a feature on the launch of PRISM, the Partnership for Regional Innovation Services to Manufacturers. The partnership is being led by MAGNET and is supported by several other economic development groups. PRISM will help Northeast Ohio manufacturers identify the help that they need to grow as well as give them access to the organizations and information that they need to achieve their business goals. Read it online: Connecting Northeast Ohio manufacturers to their future, by Greg Krizman, Cleveland Plain Dealer, March 4, 2011.
Plain Dealer Business Reporter Robert Schoenberger is covering the two-day high-profile symposium called "Building the Ohio Innovation Economy" which is being held at the InterContinental Cleveland April 25-26, 2011. Here’s an excerpt: "CLEVELAND, Ohio—Ohio’s economic future depends teaching companies how to develop and then build new products here, academic and business leaders said Monday at a symposium to discuss innovation. ‘Being No. 1 in the world in developing new ideas is no longer enough,’ said Sridhar Kota, assistant director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. He added that American businesses too often develop the big ideas and then have them built overseas. ‘A lot of product and process innovations come up as you go from idea to product, and we’re losing that.'" MAGNET Board Chairman, James W. Griffith, who is President & CEO of Timken Co., also addressed the Symposium attendees. "‘I am a believer that we can change this trend’ of lost manufacturing jobs, said James Griffith, president and chief executive of Canton-based steel and bearings company Timken. ‘I am a believer because we’ve done this at Timken.'" Read the complete article "Symposium focuses on the future of innovation in Ohio," by Robert Schoenberger, Cleveland
This month’s issue of MAGNET Insider is available now. A very busy conference season coming up for manufacturers in Northern Ohio, with lots of opportunities to learn about growing new markets. Be sure to scroll down to "Save the Date" for advance notice of four important meetings through September.