Since their inception in 1972, Nottingham Spirk has secured over 1,000 commercialized patents, and they have helped to form new consumer product companies such as Little Tikes, Dirt Devil, and SpinBrush. In the last few years, the firm has been focused on bleeding edge medical start-ups that change patients' lives, including two companies that were recently purchased by Medtronic and Cardinal Health. In addition, they have established relationships with over 100 global manufacturing and materials partners, a critical success factor in their impressive commercialization rate.
Arkinetics, WIRE-Net Member Since 2000
Since its founding in 1988, Cleveland-based Arkinetics has been a key architectural firm in the region. Bruce Taylor, AIA, founder, and principals Dan Barney, AIA and Robert Powell, AIA are architects with a keen eye for industrial and office design. Cleveland has been their home, and they are surrounded by the world they love—manufacturing. With 30 years in the architecture and construction industry, the firm continues to roll up their sleeves and get onto the manufacturing floor to see just what makes each client special.
Yesterday, WIRE-Net in partnership with Bank of America, Conxus NEO, Oswald Companies, MAGNET: The Manufacturing Advocacy and Growth Network, Skoda Minotti, and Team NEO, released the 2018 Northeast Ohio Regional Manufacturing Survey report—a collection of responses from more than 400 companies that represent 76,000 Ohio manufacturing workers in Ohio.
Felber PR & Marketing, WIRE-Net Member Since 2012
Throughout the last three years, WIRE-Net members have read, shared, and enjoyed in-depth member profiles in our monthly newsletter. In 2018, WIRE-Net's 30th Anniversary, we will feature many of our founding and longstanding members. One of those members has been the quiet voice behind the written member profiles, Felber PR & Marketing. This year, our member profiles will be featured on a special 30th anniversary WIRE-Net website page, as printed handouts at events, and receive additional focus.
Who is the volunteer team behind the member profiles? You know them as Rob Felber and Allison Miller.
Since 1990, WIRE-Net has recognized leaders in our manufacturing community.
First, came the Community Improvement Awards in recognition of the companies who invested in their Cleveland neighborhood through industrial expansion, job creation, investment in human resources, and property beautification.
Ubuntu is a Zulu phrase which, loosely translated, implies that you are a person because of other people.
Well, WIRE-Net's 2020 VISION Strategic Direction exists because of other people. WIRE-Net's Board of Directors undertook the plan in large part because of the tremendous changes – in demographics, economics, technology, and politics – taking place in our region and in manufacturing.
With the New Year approaching, it’s time to look at the UPS and FedEx rate increases for 2018 and how they will affect your costs. In September, FedEx announced an average increase of 4.9% on Express and Ground services. UPS joined the party in October, announcing that they will also be increasing their rates by an average of 4.9%. The new UPS rates will take effect on December 24, 2017, while FedEx will be instating them a week later on January 1, 2018.
This week marks the third annual National Apprenticeship Week (November 13-19). We are excited to take part in this celebration with so many other companies, individuals, and educators that are making a difference through apprenticeship programs. We believe apprenticeships work for everyone—from the business owner looking to recruit highly skilled and talented workers, to the job seeker wanting to advance their career. It works because youth and job seekers can earn while they learn, and employers can develop the talent they need to compete today and tomorrow.
Price Point Partners, WIRE-Net Member Since 2016
Price Point Partners was founded in 1998. The organization helps manufacturing companies and distributors achieve their profit potential through sales and pricing improvement programs. Ralph Zuponcic, co-founder, is proud of his Cleveland roots and wants to see Northeast Ohio manufacturers thrive.