Meet the Manufacturing Talent Making It Better

Manufacturing doesn’t run on machines. It runs on people. Their stories show the power of what’s possible in Northeast Ohio.

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Ezabarin Moore

How changing careers changed this single mother's life.

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Talent

Ezabarin Moore: Changing Careers Changed Her Life

At 47 years old, signing up for computer training at the Council for Economic Opportunities in Greater Cleveland launched a new manufacturing career.

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Closing the Manufacturing Talent Gap

Two very different people — one a 16-year-old in a dead-end job, the other coming off 13 years in a federal prison — found a new future in manufacturing.

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Automation Tool & Die: Growing Your Own Talent

ATD started in a garage in 1974 and now has more than 80 employees in a 102,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Valley City, Ohio.

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Transformation

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M-7 Technologies: Transforming a Family Foundry into a Digital Pioneer

In 1985, Michael Garvey got a phone call — come home to Youngstown, Ohio and bring the family business out of insolvency.

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GOJO: Using Technology to Solve Pandemic-Sized Problems

Despite stress, fear, and unprecedented safety protocols, GOJO increased PURELL™ production by 300% in 2020.

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Automation & 3D Printing: Saving Lives and Making a New Future

In just two days, more than 2,000 Ohio manufacturers joined the Ohio Manufacturing Alliance to Fight COVID-19 and make PPE.

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Innovation

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Bettcher Industries & Exsurco Medical: Leapfrogging from Meat to Medical

In 2008, a cold call to Bettcher Industries spawned a new company — and an invention that’s saving lives.

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Lumitex and MuReva: Light Years Ahead with Innovation and Intrapreneurship

Vedang Kothari went from intern to CEO by taking a cancer invention to a CEO who believed in him and a company that incubates innovation.

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Kinetico:
Relentlessly Innovating and Rethinking Water

Kinetico is a global company with hundreds of millions in estimated annual revenue making innovative water treatment products.

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Leadership

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Jergens and Jack Schron: Leading with Education, Integrity, and Inclusivity

Jack Schron Jr., President & CEO of Jergens Inc., is positive Northeast Ohio has what it takes to be the smart manufacturing capital of the United States.

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Pierre’s Ice Cream Company: Community-First Leadership

Pierre’s Ice Cream Company has grown from a small shop to a company with 36 million scoops of ice cream in its freezer, all in the heart of Cleveland. 

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Lincoln Electric: Welding a Better World with the Golden Rule

Lincoln Electric was founded in Cleveland in 1895 with $200, an invention, and a dream to manufacture an innovative electric motor.

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Our Challenge: The Future Is Coming Fast

We have a plan to fuel a true manufacturing revival in Northeast Ohio.

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Hundreds of manufacturing CEOs, business and community leaders, educators, and workers are committed to the bold vision of the Blueprint. Meet some of them, and learn how manufacturing can change lives.

A Powerful Partnership To Make It Better

Together, our Blueprint Champions will create thousands of jobs, transform our industry, and lead the world.

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The Make It Better movement was ignited by MAGNET: The Manufacturing Advocacy and Growth Network, as part of our work to grow the manufacturing industry in Northeast Ohio and bring prosperity to our region. We’re a non-profit on a mission to help companies transform to make the future better. Follow MAGNET on Twitter and LinkedIn.