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Construction of New Home on Track for Fall Opening

Tuesday, 3 May, 2022 Written by Leah Epstein

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. We’re taking it from an abandoned school building to a high-tech manufacturing center that will become MAGNET’s new headquarters.

Much more than a building, the Center will engage and prepare the workforce of tomorrow through interactive tour experiences, promote smart manufacturing and innovation for Northeast Ohio’s small and medium-sized manufacturers, and help build thriving, equitable communities who see manufacturing as part of their future.

The Great Lakes Science Center-designed curriculum for students in sixth, ninth and 12th grades includes age-appropriate, hands-on activities to help understand modern manufacturing. The building will include a dedicated wing for Cleveland Metropolitan School District and other area students. We expect more than 1,500 students to visit each year – something MAGNET can’t do today because of space limitations!

From virtual reality goggles to cobots to sensors, the manufacturing technology floor will be home to many new and evolving Industry 4.0 technologies to help manufacturers identify what will help them compete locally and globally. The building will also feature a dedicated light manufacturing space for startups where we can offer them guidance from our incredible engineers!

We’re not just updating the inside of the building, though. We’re completely renovating and expanding the playground to be a STEM-themed for neighborhood use. We’ll welcome residents to lift a crushed car via a lever, fly across the zipline, do some 3D sand “printing” and shoot some hoops on the sensor-enabled basketball courts.

A HUGE thank you to the supporters who have stepped forward already to make donations of all sizes to help make the building a reality. Our lead donors include: Cleveland Foundation, Lozick Family Foundation and Swagelok, The George Gund Foundation, Lincoln Electric, Nordson and Parker-Hannifin.

With construction just over halfway complete, please save the date for our Grand Opening on Friday, October 7, 2022 – National Manufacturing Day! More details to come.


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