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The Stories on the Wall: Heroes of Manufacturing

Wednesday, 21 September, 2022
The individuals on MAGNET’s mural represent just a handful of the heroes of manufacturing, engineering and entrepreneurship – the people who design, engineer and create the pieces and parts that run...
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Learn How to Buy a Business at the Entrepreneurship Through Acquisition Symposium

Thursday, 15 September, 2022

Innovation, Leadership, Startups, Small Business

Promise Partners, a Northeast Ohio non-profit focused on helping entrepreneurial people go from employee to business owner, will be hosting the Entrepreneurship Through Acquisition (ETA) Symposium on...
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Women in Manufacturing: Join This 17-Session Series Designed for You!

Tuesday, 13 September, 2022

Operations, General, Engagement & Operations

MAGNET is excited to launch a new program to support Northeast Ohio women in manufacturing! The program, Technical Training in Operations, is designed specifically for women in manufacturing and...
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Bowden Manufacturing Kicks off NEO Lighthouse Tours with Focus on Machine Monitoring System

Wednesday, 31 August, 2022
Technological transformation is critical to Northeast Ohio's industrial livelihood, directly impacting the region's residents, communities and economy. Manufacturers who take on the necessary...
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Celebrate the New Manufacturing Innovation, Technology & Job Center 10/28

Tuesday, 30 August, 2022

General, Leadership, Growth, Manufacturing, Education & Workforce Professionals

The Manufacturing Innovation, Technology and Job Center is on a t-minus countdown, as our grand opening celebrations are in less than two months! On October 28, the doors of our new headquarters at...
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How to Write a Blog Post for Your Manufacturing Business

Wednesday, 24 August, 2022

Marketing & Sales

Remember the feeling of being assigned an essay in school, when you knew what you needed to write about, but didn’t know where to start or couldn’t find the right words to string together? Blog...
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Mspire 2022 Crowns Winners, Awards Prizes

Friday, 29 July, 2022

Events, Innovation, Entrepreneurs, News Release

Our annual Mspire pitch competition is an inspiration in innovation and creativity every year. This week's iteration of the 7th annual event was no different. Innovative products, powerful...
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Interested in Pitching Your Product to the DoD?

Thursday, 21 July, 2022

Innovation

Through a partnership with GDI, the Ohio MEP is providing scholarships for a limited number of Ohio companies to participate in the TRIAD Program. The TRIAD Program is a 12-month education and...
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Sector Partnership Leadership Transition

Friday, 1 July, 2022

Leadership, Talent Pipeline, Education & Workforce Professionals, News Release

The Manufacturing Sector Partnership (MSP) welcomes its new leadership team this month as its founding directors have moved on. Managing Director Adam Snyder and Executive Director of Workforce...
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Manufacturers Learn and Grow on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Wednesday, 29 June, 2022

Leadership, Education & Workforce Professionals, Strategy

For the past two years,  the Manufacturing Leadership Team has been working together with MAGNET’s and Greater Cleveland Partnership’s (GCP) intermediary teams to grow and invest in diversity, equity...
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Manufacturing: Powers Our Everyday Lives (part 2)

Tuesday, 28 June, 2022
  You may not always think of food as a manufactured product. But when you need to make enough of anything to fill thousands of stores across an entire country, you need equipment that can help you...
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New Professional Development Standard for Career Coaches

Tuesday, 28 June, 2022
When the Ohio To Work initiative launched in the fall of 2020, JobsOhio was looking for ways to enhance the existing workforce development ecosystem and better connect workforce development coaches,...
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5 Ways Manufacturers Can Ramp up Marketing

Friday, 24 June, 2022
Maybe you already have and execute a marketing plan for your brand and products. Maybe you want to improve it. Maybe you have no marketing at all. However mature your company’s marketing plan is,...
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New Website, Market Research Help Company Secure Funding, Suppliers

Tuesday, 21 June, 2022

Innovation, Marketing & Sales, Technology, Strategy

Background Formed in 2021 as a privately held subsidiary of Pittsburgh Mineral & Environmental Technology (PMET), Brixx Technology uses a patented technology that repurposes power plant fly ash and...
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Manufacturing: Powers Our Everyday Lives (part 1)

Thursday, 2 June, 2022

design, Innovation, General, Manufacturing

Old and new, originally established and deliberately relocated here. Ohio, the northeast region specifically, is home to a variety of businesses that make products critical to and/or make convenient...
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Webinar: Intellectual Property Strategies to Protect Your Innovations

Thursday, 12 May, 2022

Innovation, Strategy

Innovation is key to growth, specifically for Northeast Ohio manufacturers. Without thinking creatively and implementing new ideas and approaches, the industry will falter. We’ve seen the efficacy of...
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Learn About Industry 4.0 From Experienced NEO Manufacturers

Monday, 9 May, 2022

Additive Manufacturing, Growth, Manufacturing, Engagement & Operations, Process Innovation, Technology

Interested in learning how to implement Industry 4.0 while mitigating the risks involved with the investment? Industry 4.0-experienced manufacturers around Northeast Ohio are serving as Lighthouses,...
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MAGNET's New Venture Team Expands 2022 Mspire,  Accepting Applications

Tuesday, 3 May, 2022

Events, Startups, Entrepreneurs, Process Innovation

2021's success catalyzed Mspire team to take the competition to the next level.   Last year’s Mspire, MAGNET's annual pitch challenge for Ohio-based manufacturing-focused entrepreneurs, garnered...
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Construction of New Home on Track for Fall Opening

Tuesday, 3 May, 2022
In August 2021, MAGNET began demolition and renovations on our new Manufacturing Innovation, Technology and Job Center located at Chester Avenue and 63rd Street in Cleveland’s Hough neighborhood....
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Manufacturing Opportunities Across Northeast Ohio

Tuesday, 3 May, 2022

Additive Manufacturing, General, News Release

Intel, which is investing more than $20B in the construction of two new chip factories in Licking County, Ohio to boost production of advanced semiconductors, has already begun to create...
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MAGNET Crowned With Two Exciting Awards This Spring

Tuesday, 3 May, 2022

News Release

The Urban League of Greater Cleveland and Smart Business both honored MAGNET recently for different efforts.   The Urban League of Greater Cleveland, dedicated to developing the potential of...
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Workforce Connect Launches Successful Monthly Newsletter

Tuesday, 3 May, 2022

Talent Pipeline, Education & Workforce Professionals, Partners

Our talent development team has worked hard to become a source of thought leadership, action and connection for the Greater Cleveland area.   Since January, our Workforce Connect Manufacturing...
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MAGNET VP Brandon Cornuke Releases Book, Helps Launch Investor Group

Tuesday, 3 May, 2022

Events, Startups, Entrepreneurs, Small Business, News Release

      Formerly with Target and American Greetings, Cornuke offers entrepreneurs and innovators a simple guide to create and launch successful products  MAGNET VP of Strategy & Innovation Brandon...
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How to Foster Student Engagement Through Local School Districts

Wednesday, 27 April, 2022

Workforce, Talent Pipeline, Education & Workforce Professionals

Manufacturers have consistently faced the same issues over the past few years: Not enough applicants Not enough qualified candidates Open/unfilled positions Lack of talent constraining growth ...
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Top 6 Manufacturing Pain Points

Tuesday, 26 April, 2022

Additive Manufacturing, Lean for Manufacturing, Process Improvement, Engagement & Operations, Strategy, Marketing

MAGNET recently interviewed 33 Northeast Ohio OEM and contract manufacturers to identify their pain points and unmet needs and created this Market Insights Report. We used the New Product...
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CMSD and GCCC Partner Up to Launch Effective Student Program

Tuesday, 26 April, 2022

Manufacturing, Education & Workforce Professionals, Partners

Cuyahoga County experienced some exciting manufacturing workforce development efforts this past year. Perhaps the most exciting was the launch of the Planning and Career Exploration Program (PACE) in...
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WLS Stamping Culture Shift Improves Workforce Retention

Tuesday, 26 April, 2022

Operations, Leadership, Education & Workforce Professionals, Small Business

The hiring difficulties of the last few years have caused many manufacturers to reevaluate their operations and hiring processes, looking for any way to improve retention or gain an edge in this...
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Embracing Innovation in Business and Workforce Proves Transformative for Youngstown Family Business

Thursday, 31 March, 2022

Additive Manufacturing, Leadership, Process Improvement

“The Great Resignation” is the term that has been given to the tumultuous workforce landscape that has emerged from the pandemic. When there is a company in today’s marketplace who is not facing a...
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A New Model for Partnership

Thursday, 31 March, 2022
Building an ACCESS to Manufacturing Careers program class requires organization, engagement and collaboration from all partner organizations, each one needing to connect with their participants and...
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Opening the Door to Reentry

Thursday, 31 March, 2022

Workforce, Education & Workforce Professionals

The Workforce Connect Manufacturing Sector Partnership formed in 2019. A group of regional manufacturing leaders convened and took on the tasks of helping set priorities for the intermediary team,...
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Work: A social contract between an employer and employee

Thursday, 31 March, 2022
Adam Snyder, MAGNET’s Sector Partnership Managing Director, wrote a compelling piece on manufacturers needing to boost starting wages to stay competitive in the labor market. Today, we look at this...
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Webinar: Ditch the Sales Pitch

Tuesday, 29 March, 2022

Manufacturing, Marketing & Sales, Marketing

MAGNET’s Business Development team, in conjunction with the Greater Akron Chamber and Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce, is hosting a webinar on Wednesday, April 13, 2022, titled Building...
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5 Tips to Jumpstart Advancement Planning for Frontline Manufacturing Employees

Thursday, 24 February, 2022

Workforce, Leadership, Certification, Growth, Education & Workforce Professionals

“I wanna know what my path looks like, and I’m in a hurry to get going…” A number of years ago, a story became a popular anecdote, with a hypothetical leader saying, “What if I invest in developing...
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Goodbye & Thank You to a Workforce Giant

Wednesday, 23 February, 2022

Workforce, Leadership, Education & Workforce Professionals, Partners

Successful industry sector partnership work hinges on a strong relationship with the local workforce development. Together, you can execute successful initiatives, and maybe, if the chemistry is...
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E.C. Kitzel Invests in Employees, Cultivates Advancement

Friday, 18 February, 2022

Workforce, Education & Workforce Professionals

Commitment from employers to employees comes in many shapes and forms. In the current job market, in the midst of the “Great Resignation," many employers struggle with how to provide employees a path...
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Webinar: Securing the Supply Chain

Wednesday, 2 February, 2022

Operations, Process Improvement, Manufacturing

MAGNET’s Business Development team, in conjunction with the Greater Akron Chamber and Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce, is hosting a webinar on Wednesday, February 23, 2022, titled Securing the...
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Custom Rubber Lifts Starting Wages, Reaps Positive Results

Wednesday, 26 January, 2022

Workforce, Growth, Education & Workforce Professionals, Small Business

Small and medium-sized manufacturers know that to attract talent they need to boost their entry level wage; but they simultaneously fear that additional labor costs will overwhelm productivity gains,...
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Partner Highlight: The Value of a Great Partner

Wednesday, 26 January, 2022

Workforce, Certification, Education & Workforce Professionals

As manufacturers have faced labor shortages in recent years, many have looked to attract populations that had been historically underrepresented in manufacturing: women, minorities and people with...
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Time to Reconsider a Starting Wage Boost – Again

Wednesday, 26 January, 2022

Insider, Growth, Manufacturing

  Two years ago, manufacturers’ primary hiring challenge was an awareness gap, job seekers unaware of entry-level manufacturing jobs. The solution, though simple in theory, was difficult in...
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MAGNET Announces 2021 Mspire Competition Winners

Friday, 17 December, 2021

Startups, Entrepreneurs

On October 20, 2021, 12 entrepreneurs presented their business pitches to a virtual panel of more than 15 experts and judges in an effort to secure an award from MAGNET’s Mspire competition. This...
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Northeast Ohio wins Build Back Better Regional Challenge Phase 1 Grant

Friday, 17 December, 2021

News, Growth, Partners

CLEVELAND, OH – The U.S. Economic Development Agency selected a MAGNET-led effort as one of 60 national finalists, and the only in Ohio, for the Build Back Better Regional Challenge (BBBRC) grant....
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Donating Hand Sanitizer to Keep Workers and Communities Safe

Monday, 8 June, 2020

Innovation

We’ve all seen the empty store shelves that used to be filled with hand sanitizer. It went from a commodity we rarely thought about to the hottest of commodities in the blink of an eye. After...
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How A Viral Photo Sparked an Innovative Protective Gown Solution

Friday, 29 May, 2020

Innovation

This photo of New York nurses wearing garbage bags went viral back in March, sparking outrage and concern over the lack of protective equipment on the front lines of the COVID crisis. Isolation...
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MAGNET Launches Another Innovation to Help Fight COVID-19 and Protect Health Care Workers

Thursday, 14 May, 2020

Innovation

A metal and plastic box doesn’t sound that innovative. But this one could save lives. It’s a new, protective platform with built in gloves that healthcare workers can use to administer COVID-19...
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Making a Powerful Pivot to Save Lives

Thursday, 9 April, 2020
1,500 in two days. That’s how many Ohio manufacturers stepped up to volunteer to produce urgently needed protective equipment for frontline workers fighting COVID-19. Governor DeWine mobilized the...
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A Message of Hope

Friday, 20 March, 2020
      No one has a crystal ball, but I am worried about the economic impact of COVID-19 getting worse before it gets better… I am worried…about the economic impact of this crisis, about ensuring my...
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Remarks from the 2020 Northeast Ohio Manufacturing Survey Release

Wednesday, 19 February, 2020

News, Manufacturing

On Friday February 14th, over 200 people gathered at The City Club of Cleveland for our 2020 Northeast Ohio Manufacturing Survey Results release. The manufacturers who completed our survey...
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New to the Newsletter: Manufacturing Reads

Friday, 14 February, 2020

Insider, Events

Unlike other states, manufacturing makes up the largest sector of the Ohio economy, and accounts for 17% of GDP. With over 12,000 manufacturing firms in the state and over 660,000 jobs depending on...
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Presenting: MAGNET's New Manufacturing Technology Experience, Bringing The Future of Industry To Ohio

Monday, 3 February, 2020

Additive Manufacturing, Innovation, Product Design & Development, Technology

MAGNET's Manufacturing Technology Experience has officially opened its doors, and resources, to small businesses in Northeast Ohio. Made possible through $1 Million of state, federal, and private...
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Help Impact the Future of Manufacturing: Introducing the 2020 Ohio Manufacturing Survey

Thursday, 14 November, 2019

News

As an Ohio manufacturer, you face a number of challenges and opportunities every year.    To support your company’s growth and success, the Ohio Manufacturing Extension Partnership (Ohio MEP) and...
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3 Manufacturing Quality Control Best Practices

Thursday, 31 October, 2019

Quality Management

How many products does your manufacturing organization produce every day? 100? 1,000? If a machine is causing a defect, its output won’t be up to the necessary standards. Left unchecked, this has a...
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5 Ways Manufacturers Can Take Their Marketing Collateral to the Next Level

Thursday, 24 October, 2019

Marketing & Sales

Manufacturers are no stranger to sales success from word-of-mouth referrals and growing existing customers. While these tactics are timeless, more manufacturers are reaping the benefits of modern...
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Your Top Questions About MAGNET, Answered

Thursday, 17 October, 2019

News

For more than 30 years, MAGNET: The  Manufacturing Growth and Advocacy Network has helped Northeast Ohio’s manufacturing businesses grow. Our team of highly qualified consultants and industry experts...
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4 Steps to De-Risk New Machine Design and Development Execution Projects

Thursday, 10 October, 2019

Machine Design & Development

For some manufacturers, there comes a time when a new machine is needed and off-the-shelf machinery may not meet their needs. Either the machine is no longer reaching optimum output or it's incapable...
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3 Lessons Learned from Manufacturing Executives at the Future Factories Symposium

Thursday, 3 October, 2019

News

On Thursday, September 26, local manufacturing executives gathered at the 8th Annual Northeast Ohio Manufacturing Symposium, Future Factories: A Symposium on Manufacturing Talent, Tech, and Tactics....
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What the Department of Defense’s New Cybersecurity Clause Means for Northeast Ohio Manufacturers

Thursday, 26 September, 2019

Cybersecurity

Due to the highly connected nature of manufacturing supply chains, vulnerability to cyber breaches is more common than in other industries.  That’s why the government is cracking down on...
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4 Common Manufacturing Processes that Could Benefit From An Operational Excellence Program

Thursday, 19 September, 2019

Engagement & Operations

Today, small- to medium-sized manufacturers feel the pressure to produce more at a lower cost. While this competitive nature leads to innovative products and services, it also weeds out the...
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5 Reasons Outdated Manufacturing Equipment Equals Higher Maintenance Costs

Thursday, 12 September, 2019

Machine Design & Development

Many manufacturers overlook the lifespan of their machinery. While well-built machines may run for decades, they may not be performing at today’s high machinery or technology standards. Outdated,...
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Are We Operating Effectively? 4 Metrics to Track Operational Efficiency

Thursday, 5 September, 2019

Engagement & Operations

No matter your manufacturing goals, every company should have a set of key performance indicators (KPIs) that are used for measurement, benchmarking, and tracking success. Determining the right...
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Why Manufacturers Should Invest in Industry 4.0 Technology for Process Improvement

Thursday, 29 August, 2019

Process Innovation

With the rapid introduction of Industry 4.0 tools and technologies, manufacturers are under pressure to boost the productivity and profitability of their operations. Industry 4.0 isn’t just about...
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How Manufacturers Can Adopt a Balanced Approach to Growth With an Entrepreneurial Operating System® (EOS®)

Thursday, 22 August, 2019

Strategy

As the leader of a small- to medium-sized manufacturing business, you likely feel pressured to be in 20 places at once, especially during growth phases. Manufacturing leaders are notorious for this,...
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How a Northeast Ohio Manufacturer Built the World’s Largest Production-Based Additive Machine

Thursday, 15 August, 2019

Machine Design & Development

Take a guess: Where does the world’s largest additive machine reside? A large city like Boston? A huge tech hub like Silicon Valley? You may be surprised to learn that the correct answer is right in...
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3 Ways for Manufacturers to Improve Supply Chain Cybersecurity

Thursday, 8 August, 2019

Cybersecurity

According to our 2019 State of Northeast Ohio Manufacturing Report, cybersecurity is a growing concern for manufacturers—and for good reason. Supply chain attacks increased 78% between 2017 and 2018....
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3 Transferable Skills Small Manufacturing Business Owners Gain From On-The-Floor Experience

Thursday, 1 August, 2019

Small Business

Are you the forthcoming owner of your family’s manufacturing business? If so, you’re not alone. Most small- to medium-sized manufacturing businesses are family owned and operated, known for...
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7 Signs It’s Time to Consider Automation for Improved Manufacturing Performance

Thursday, 25 July, 2019

Machine Design & Development

Today, many manufacturing tasks have the ability to be automated, leaving valuable employees to spend their time on something more fulfilling. According to our 2019 State of Northeast Ohio...
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3 Tips to Optimize Manufacturing Production Capacity and Delivery

Thursday, 18 July, 2019

Engagement & Operations

For manufacturers, high capacity and timely delivery are the difference between meeting quotas and missing deadlines. If demand outpaces delivery, you will not be able to sufficiently supply...
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Is a Custom Manufacturing Machine Right for Your Company? 6 Questions to Ask

Thursday, 11 July, 2019

Machine Design & Development

Many manufacturers don’t consider new machines until existing assets break, slowing production. However, a broken machine is not the only reason to consider upgrading. Outdated machines may require...
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Manufacturers: Avoid These 3 Frequent Failures of a Product Launch

Thursday, 20 June, 2019

Marketing & Sales

Did you know 70% of all new product launches fail? While manufacturers may feel a sense of urgency to introduce a new product or service to market, testing thoroughly before launch can mean the...
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How to Conduct a Successful Ideation Process

Thursday, 13 June, 2019

Process Innovation

You have a company that’s experienced some success, but you need more. You want to excel in innovation, but lack the necessary resources or have trouble determining a starting point. Sound familiar?...
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5 Lessons You Can Learn from Startup Marketing

Thursday, 6 June, 2019

Startups

Marketing is hard. Whether you’re an established company or a nimble startup, it’s easy to get bogged down by all the marketing trends, tools, and tactics you could add to your business plan. ...
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How Additive Manufacturing Leads to More Efficient Product Development

Thursday, 30 May, 2019

Product Design & Development, Technology

The manufacturing product development process can be complex, especially without expert guidance. It requires a number of phases, a great deal of research, and hands-on problem solving and iteration.
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3 Factors to Consider When Selecting a Quality Management System (QMS) for Your Manufacturing Business

Thursday, 16 May, 2019

Quality Management

Does your manufacturing business have an effective quality management system (QMS)? If not, it may be time to consider the benefits of improving your QMS to formalize processes and procedures. For...
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3 Tips to Maintain a Safe and Clean Manufacturing Facility that Maximizes Productivity

Thursday, 9 May, 2019

Engagement & Operations

Safety is essential to every industry, but it’s especially important in the manufacturing industry, where potentially dangerous machinery is used to perform daily tasks.  When facilities experience...
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The Key to Product Development and Design: Early and Constant Customer Feedback

Thursday, 2 May, 2019

Product Design & Development

Product design requires many phases. It’s the process of identifying market potential by clearly defining a problem and offering a solution.  But, at its core, it revolves around the customer’s...
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The Basics of the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) for Manufacturers

Thursday, 25 April, 2019

Technology

According to our 2019 State of Northeast Ohio Manufacturing Report, Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) technologies are top of mind for most Northeast Ohio manufacturers. However, of survey...
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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

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

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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10 Steps to Develop an Effective Marketing Plan Before You Launch Your New Product or Service

Thursday, 7 March, 2019

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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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

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

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

Quality Management

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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What is a Minimum Viable Product and How Do I Create One?

How a minimum viable product will launch your product-based startup.