This month, WIRE-Net announced two deserving staff members were being promoted. Tom Birkel who has been working as part of the CIRI team for the last two years will move into the newly created Vice President, Manufacturing Services position, and Brianna Schultz, who has managed WIRE-Net’s youth programs since 2015, has accepted the Vice President, Workforce Development position, and will oversee both the youth and adult workforce programs.
Yasir Alhaimus – NOMAC Industrial Maintenance Mechanic Apprentice (U.S. Cotton)
Yasir is 29 years old. He currently resides in Cleveland with his brother and parents, but immigrated to the United States in 2015. He had an extensive education prior to immigrating including a Bachelor Degree in Technology (Computer Science) from a university in New Delhi, India. According to Yasir, when he arrived in the U.S., it was very difficult for him to obtain a job in his field. Few employers would recognize his degree and he lacked any professional experience in his field on study.
Why you must reinvent your business–and why you must start by transforming operations.
In the 1970’s, Japanese automakers began surprising their North American counterparts by bringing new cars to market much more quickly, and at a better price/performance ratio. With that slap in the face, documented in Jim Womak’s book The Machine that Changed the World, those car manufacturers became aware of continuous improvement and the Toyota Production System.
To automate, or not to automate. To re-shore, near-shore, or off-shore. To insource, or to outsource.
Those are just a few of the strategic decisions that manufacturers face today. And each can have a major financial impact.
On May 10th The President’s commissioned Task Force on Apprenticeship Expansion presented a detailed list of recommendations for expanding apprenticeship in the U.S. The report includes some important recommendations focused on industry-driven strategies.
Through ongoing outreach and recent surveys, WIRE-Net’s ears are tuned to the constant and growing mantras of the manufacturing talent and skills gap dilemma. Our survey released this spring reinforced this with 90% of respondents indicating that finding and developing talent is a concern and barrier to future growth.
Our work with companies to relaunch apprenticeships attacks this issue with a clear sense of purpose and focus.
Manufacturing is booming in the United States, yet there is one major concern holding companies back from growing to their full potential—filling the manufacturing workforce with new talent. A great way for manufacturing companies to gain community recognition and recruit strong candidates is by participating in Manufacturing Day.
Opening the door for students to pursue careers in manufacturing starts in the classroom, but shouldn't end there. That's why WIRE-Net’s Youth Programs team has been working with local manufacturing businesses to offer internships to Max Hayes High School junior and senior manufacturing students.
An internship celebration was held at Max Hayes High School Thursday May 10th to celebrate the accomplishments of this year’s manufacturing interns with parents, educators, students, and employers.
In August WIRE-Net will begin its search for a new leader as President and Executive Director John Colm announced he will retire in January 2019 after leading the organization for 32 years. His announcement came as part of his speech at the Annual Meeting on Thursday, April 26th.
The Cleveland Industrial Retention Initiative (CIRI), a program of the City of Cleveland, managed by WIRE-Net, assists the city's manufacturing firms to improve operations, maintain profitability, and remain competitive. Over the last three years, the CIRI team of retention specialists has averaged over 460 unique manufacturing site visits per year. The team has managed 47 service interventions where jobs and/or investment were at risk. Between 2015 and 2017, just over 2,600 jobs and $162.9 million in annual payroll was affected by the 47 CIRI projects.