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GM Plant Closings, Layoffs Could Affect Cleveland Companies in Many Sectors

Posted by John Colm, WIRE-Net President and Executive Director on Dec 14, 2018 7:00:00 AM

The recent announcement by GM of layoffs and the potential closing of the Lordstown, Ohio GM plant is doubly unfortunate – affecting thousands of families and their communities but also affecting the entire state of Ohio and the US due to the multiplier effect of the auto jobs directly affected.

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Topics: General Motors, Layoffs, Lordstown, Automotive, Supply Chain

Business Model Disruption vs Solving Problems On Your Shop Floor

Posted by John Colm, WIRE-Net President and Executive Director on Nov 15, 2018 2:52:14 PM

Several of the most valuable companies in the world in disparate markets share something in common:

  • Uber: Largest taxi company owns no cars.
  • Air BnB: Largest accommodations firm owns no real estate
  • Ali Baba: Largest online retailer owns no inventory

Now think about electric vehicles (EV) vs internal combustion engine vehicles (ICEV):

  • Tesla: about 150 moving parts
  • ICEV: about 10,000 moving parts

How will the coming revolution in EVs affect NE Ohio’s network of automotive suppliers?

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Topics: IIoT, Team NEO, Industry 4.0, IIoT Roadmap

What Parents and Educators Need to Know About Apprenticeships (by the numbers)

Posted by Brianna Schultz on Nov 15, 2018 1:58:49 PM

Every time I tell someone what I do for a living, the first response I usually get is, “That’s wonderful! Because, you know, college isn’t for everybody.” While I understand the sentiment, I always cringe a little for two reasons: 1. If they are parents, they usually aren’t talking about their own kids; and 2. Post-secondary education is REQUIRED for 80% of all manufacturing jobs and 100% of the apprenticeships that I run. Is it always a traditional 4-year degree? Typically not, but apprenticeships are a wonderful way to advance your career and earn a debt-free education.

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Topics: National Apprenticeship Week, Pre-Apprenticeship, Apprenticeship Consortium, Apprenticeships

This November Celebrate MFG: 2018 Nuts & Bolts Fundraising Bash

Posted by Manufacturing Works on Oct 18, 2018 4:54:31 PM

Manufacturing Works is continuing its 30th anniversary with its 2018 Nuts & Bolts Fundraising Bash on Thursday, November 8, 2018. It will take place in the Cibreo Italian Kitchen’s Cibreo Privato located on 1501 E. 14th Street in Cleveland, Ohio. The event will last from 6:00pm to 9:00pm.

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Topics: Fundraiser, Nuts & Bolts Bash

#MFGDay18 Exposes Students to Local Manufacturing Opportunities

Posted by Manufacturing Works on Oct 17, 2018 12:39:30 PM

Manufacturing Month is a celebration of modern manufacturing meant to inspire the next generation of manufacturers. It addresses common misperceptions about manufacturing by giving manufacturers an opportunity to open their doors and show what manufacturing is — and what it isn’t. To match up with Manufacturing Day, which takes place on October 5th this year, the state of Ohio celebrates Manufacturing Month the entire month of October.

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Topics: Youth Programs, Manufacturing Day, Manufacturing Events, Cleveland Metropolitan School District, Max S. Hayes High School

IoT in a Job Shop. Really?

Posted by Ed Weston on Oct 17, 2018 11:40:30 AM

“If the machines are cutting, there’s a chance to make money.”  But how much are the machines in a job shop actually running?  How much uptime are you actually getting?  And how do you learn how to measure what you thought your capacity was compared to your actual capacity?

According to Andy McCartney, President of Willoughby’s Bowden Manufacturing, these are problems that have bugged him for 19 ½ years since he took over the company.  But, as he explained in recent Lunch n Learn, an investment a year ago in a new digital technology is providing him data that’s making a difference for his business.

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Topics: Internet of Things, Bowden Manufacturing, Cleveland Foundation, Manufacturing Events, Industry 4.0, MUT Technology, Andrew McCartney, Technology, Sensors

October is Manufacturing Month!

Posted by Kristen Haning on Oct 1, 2018 12:16:52 PM

Manufacturing Month is a celebration of modern manufacturing meant to inspire the next generation of manufacturers. It addresses common misperceptions about manufacturing by giving manufacturers an opportunity to open their doors and show what manufacturing is — and what it isn’t. To match up with Manufacturing Day, which takes place on October 5th this year, the state of Ohio celebrates Manufacturing Month the entire month of October.

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Topics: MFG Day, Manufacturing Month, Felber PR & Marketing, Nuts & Bolts Bash, Manufacturing Events, Cleveland Manufacturing, Fundraising, #MFGDay18, Max S. Hayes High School, Alliance Industrial Solutions, Tooling U, Competency Based Training, Culture, Recruiting and Retention, Workforce Development, Workforce

Increase Customer Engagement By Doing These 3 Things To Your Website

Posted by Simplex-IT on Sep 21, 2018 12:19:08 PM

The average web user’s attention span gets shorter every day. People don’t want to spend hours sifting through a website to find the information they need; they want it as soon as the page loads. To keep up with the times businesses have drastically changed how they develop their websites.

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Topics: Website Design, Website Performance, Simplex-IT, Digital Marketing, Online Brand Strategy

Making It: Boxes Open Path to Success at Tap in Cleveland

Posted by Manufacturing Works on Sep 20, 2018 1:08:21 PM

Tap Packaging Solutions, Manufacturing Works Member Since 2017

Tap Packaging Solutions is a 100 year old company, being run by the third generation of the Chilcote family and its 120 employees. During its first 100 years, the Chilcote Company, dba Tap Packaging Solutions, established itself as a national leader in the manufacture, sale, and distribution of professional photo packaging.

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Topics: Member Profile, Membership, Tap Packaging Solutions, IdeaStream, Western Reserve Historical Society, The Cleveland Encyclopedia, The Chilcote Company

Technical Corps Program: Defining the Next Chapter Through Encore Cleveland

Posted by Jessica Westropp on Sep 20, 2018 8:00:00 AM

The Technical Corps Program (TCP) is an Encore Cleveland program that launched in 2015 as way to use the knowledge and skills of experienced technicians to teach young people the technical and professional skills needed to succeed in manufacturing careers.

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Topics: Great Lakes Towing Company, The Cleveland Foundation, #EncoreCLE, Technical Corps Program, Max S. Hayes High School, Friends of Max Hayes

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