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Grand Opening of "Rubber City" MAGNET Akron Location [Event Recap]

Friday, 14 September, 2018 Written by MAGNET

MAGNET_Akron_Grand_OpeningOn 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 County is critical to achieving that mission,” said Ethan Karp, CEO of MAGNET.

As MAGNET expands its efforts, the mission remains the same—to fuel Ohio manufacturing growth for lasting economic impact.

With this new location, MAGNET is focused on serving the 1,300 manufacturing business of Summit and Stark counties. Grand opening attendees got a sneak peek into what that will look like.  

A Look into the Day’s Events

MAGNET Akron - Grand Opening Video from Akron Video Makers on Vimeo.

Local manufacturing experts were on-site at the new location, as well as several speakers, including:

  • Connie L. Krauss, Director of Community and Economic Development for Summit County Executive, Ilene Shapiro’s Office
  • Dan Horrigan, Mayor of Akron
  • Dennis Saunier, PResident and CEO of Canton Regional Chamber
  • Samuel DeShazior, Deputy Mayor and Economic Development Leader, Akron Maybe Daniel Horrigan’s Office
  • Steve Millard, CEO of the Akron Regional Chamber
  • Steven Meek, COO of Canton Regional Chamber
  • Sue Lacy, President of ConxusNEO
  • Tony Troppe, Downtown Arts Historic Building Owner

Grand opening attendees enjoyed tours of the new space, as well as interactive displays from local manufacturing businesses, such as the Akron Soap Box Derby, Technology House, GOJO and Coastal Pet Products.

MAGNET_Akron-Grand_Opening_2Local media was also invited to capture the day’s events, with features from the following:

Looking into the future, MAGNET is hopeful to to propel manufacturing growth in Akron, across Ohio and beyond.

“We can bring manufacturers the best resources our nation has to offer—experts from NASA, the University of Akron or an economic development organization like BioEnterprise. We make these connections, but we also roll up our sleeves throughout process until manufacturers reach their goals successfully and profitably,” said Darlyn McDermott, MAGNET’s market leader for the southern region.

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