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.
Max S. Hayes High School,
Friends of Max Hayes,
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.
Crains Cleveland Business,
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.
Cleveland Industrial Retention Initiative (CIRI),
City of Cleveland
To celebrate our 30th Anniversary, WIRE-Net will continue its tradition of recognizing leaders in the manufacturing community.
In 2000, WIRE-Net established our Mission Builder and Strategic Partner Awards. The Mission Builder Award recognizes industrial companies that exemplify WIRE-Net's mission. Strategic Partner Award winners are individuals or organizations that have a strategic impact on what we do as an organization.
Mission Builder Award,
WIRE-Net Annual Meeting,
O'Neill Brothers Foundation,
Braden Sutphin Ink Company,
Gent Machine Company,
TPI Efficiency Consulting
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.
WIRE-Net Annual Meeting,
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.
Bank of America,