Communication Disconnect: How to Break Down Information Silos Between Departments

Thursday, 18 April, 2019

Engagement & Operations

In manufacturing, it’s common to look up to the enterprise-size leaders of the industry for business inspiration. But as a small- or medium-sized manufacturer, size can be your advantage. It can...
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Manufacturing’s 9-Step Process for a Successful Product Development and Launch

Thursday, 11 April, 2019

Product Design & Development

Maybe you’ve heard: new product launches are often unsuccessful. Some studies state failure rates near 95%. Successfully establishing a new product or product innovation takes meticulous planning,...
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3 Types of Cyber Attacks Your Manufacturing Business Needs to Anticipate

Thursday, 4 April, 2019

Cybersecurity

Did you know that manufacturing is one of the most susceptible industries to cyber attacks?  While manufacturers agree this is an area of concern, most have been slow to adopt any sort of...
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How Products and Services Fit Into a Successful Manufacturing Strategic Plan

Thursday, 28 March, 2019

Strategy, Marketing & Sales

This post is part of a series on creating a manufacturing business strategic plan, which reflects your goals and guides the strategic direction of your company. This is the second post in the series.
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Why a Thorough Market Analysis is Crucial to a Successful Strategic Plan

Thursday, 21 March, 2019

Strategy, Marketing & Sales

This post is part of a series on creating a manufacturing business plan, which reflects your goals and guides the strategic direction of your company. This is the first post in the series. Your...
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3 Strategies to Create a Manufacturing Culture that Attracts and Retains Top Talent

Thursday, 14 March, 2019

Engagement & Operations

Did you know that company culture (or lack thereof) is the fourth most commonly cited reason employees leave their jobs for another opportunity?  When we talk about workplace culture, we’re referring...
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10 Steps to Develop an Effective Marketing Plan Before You Launch Your New Product or Service

Thursday, 7 March, 2019

Strategy, Marketing & Sales

We can all agree that for a business to be successful, it needs customers. But to attract, retain, and grow your customer base, you need show them how your product or service provides real value they...
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How the Four Pillars of Innovation Reduce Product Development Risk

Thursday, 28 February, 2019

Process Innovation

Product innovation is the motor of a thriving manufacturing business. Without it, businesses and products get stuck in the past, unable to compete with competitors.  But developing new products and...
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3 Technology Trends Transforming Manufacturing

Thursday, 21 February, 2019

Technology

The widespread adoption of technology is transforming manufacturing operations. Nearly 49% of manufacturers nationwide are using Industry 4.0 innovations, like automation and IIoT (Industrial...
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Introducing MAGNET’s 2019 State of Northeast Ohio Manufacturing Report [Free Download]

Thursday, 14 February, 2019

News

At MAGNET, our goal is to help manufacturers grow, thrive, and compete in Northeast Ohio to fuel our economy and workforce. Whether it’s by improving operations, launching new products, developing...
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Manufacturers: 6 Key Questions to Assess Your Employee Engagement

Thursday, 7 February, 2019

Engagement & Operations

How engaged are your employees? Take a closer look, since manufacturing workers are the least engaged of all major occupations, according to the Gallup State of the American Workforce report. Only...
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How to Effectively Market Your Manufacturing Business on LinkedIn

Thursday, 31 January, 2019

Strategy, Marketing & Sales

Since its inception in 2003, LinkedIn has racked up more than 562 million users worldwide. Among those users, 61 million are senior-level influencers, while another 40 million are their companies’...
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Combating Confirmation Bias: How to Create Success for Your Manufacturing Startup

Thursday, 24 January, 2019

Startups, Product Design & Development

Northeast Ohio manufacturers, ranging from startups to well-established companies, are confident—and with good reason. They account for 14% of all employment, more than 275,000 total jobs, and 40% of...
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3 Steps to Help Build and Retain Engaged Employees

Thursday, 17 January, 2019

Engagement & Operations

Hiring new talent can be challenging for any business owner, but retaining qualified, engaged, and productive talent can be even more difficult—especially in manufacturing. In fact, U.S....
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The Importance of Tapping Into Your Supply Chain for Manufacturing Growth

Thursday, 10 January, 2019

Growth

While manufacturers contributed more than $49 billion to Ohio's economy in recent years, some important players in the industry struggle to maintain that kind of relative success. Namely, small and...
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Top Takeaways Learned from Manufacturing Executives at the 7th Annual Northeast Ohio Manufacturing Symposium

Tuesday, 9 October, 2018

News

Local manufacturing experts across Northeast Ohio gathered on Friday, September 28 at Lorain County Community College (LCCC) for the 7th Annual Northeast Ohio Manufacturing Symposium, hosted by...
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Join us at the 7th Annual Northeast Ohio Manufacturing Symposium [Event Details]

Thursday, 20 September, 2018

News

Ready to leverage emerging technologies to grow your business? Join us on Friday, September 28 at the 7th Annual Northeast Ohio Manufacturing Symposium for a day of valuable content by manufacturers ...
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Manufacturing Startup Competition Drives Growth, Fosters Connections

Monday, 17 September, 2018

Startups

The recent winners of MAGNET’s pitch competition, MSPIRE, will benefit from support to help them grow. Other applications noted that just going through the process was valuable. Here’s how your...
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Grand Opening of "Rubber City" MAGNET Akron Location [Event Recap]

Friday, 14 September, 2018

News

On August 8, 2018, MAGNET opened its doors to a new location at 9 North Main Street in Akron, Ohio. “We help local manufacturers grow and compete globally, and increasing our presence in Summit...
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Coffee is STILL for Closers: 3 Things Needed to Close Any Sale

Wednesday, 8 August, 2018

Strategy, Marketing & Sales

The secret to closing any sale is to reduce uncertainty in the buyer and replace it with confidence in YOU, your PRODUCT/SERVICE, and your COMPANY. Step 1 – Confidence in YOU Someone buying from you...
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Continuous Improvement Part 1: A Culture of Change and Results

Tuesday, 7 August, 2018

Process Innovation

I often wonder: Why does Continuous Improvement work in some organizations and not in others? I think the difference must be the organization’s culture and acceptance to change. Management is crucial...
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Continuous Improvement Part 2: It Starts with the Customer

Tuesday, 7 August, 2018

Process Innovation

For Continuous Improvement to be effective and sustainable, it requires a systems approach involving the entire organization. Management should guide the organization in four fundamental areas to...
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Make sure you Qualify before you Diversify

Tuesday, 7 August, 2018

Strategy, Marketing & Sales

As your company prepares to diversify into an adjacent market of its current business—or, as it prepares to adapt existing products or services to enter a brand new market—be sure to take a long,...
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What is a Minimum Viable Product and How Do I Create One?

Tuesday, 7 August, 2018

Startups, Product Design & Development

How a minimum viable product will launch your product-based startup. There’s plenty of conversation in the startup world around minimum viable product (MVP). How do you define minimum viable...
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MAGNET Leverages the Power of the Region

Tuesday, 7 August, 2018

News

MAGNET Leverages the Power of the Region from MAGNET: The Manufacturing and Advocacy Network Partner Organizations For 30 years, MAGNET has driven the growth of small- and medium- sized...
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Critical Components to Your Talent Attraction and Retention Strategy

Tuesday, 7 August, 2018

Engagement & Operations

Finding quality talent is challenging…retaining quality talent is equally challenging It goes without saying, that many manufacturers are challenged with attracting and retaining the ‘quality’ talent...
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Are You a Leader That Listens? Or a Leader That Hears?

Monday, 25 June, 2018

Engagement & Operations

Leaders often ask their employees for input when making decisions big and small, and listen with great sincerity and intent. If workers are given the opportunity to provide input, they figure,...
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