With generous funding from The Cleveland Foundation, WIRE-Net is entering a third year of collaboration with MAGNET on the Accelerate Cleveland Manufacturing (ACM) initiative to provide Cleveland companies with training, consultation, or peer-learning groups in an effort to boost economic growth and job creation, one plant at a time.
Spooner Incorporated, WIRE-Net Member Since 2006
Spooner, a risk management consulting firm in Westlake, was founded in 1975 by Tom Spooner to offer consulting on union negotiations, handbook policies, and safety. Their proactive philosophy and best practices focus on preventing excessive compensation and medical costs in claims and assisting employees in early, healthy return to work.
In 2015, WIRE-Net re-posted a blog by Gary Weldon from the popular MADEinOHIO.us blog. Gary's words inspired us to act to help our member companies and their employees.
"You see, an apprenticeship is more than just a training program – something able to transfer key skills to a new generation – it is a career pathway. It takes the ambiguous 'Just show up and work hard and someday you'll be successful' mindset and gives it specificity. It gives those who are willing to work hard a clear view of what's achievable and outlines the steps of how they can get there.
It also does something else. Something very powerful. It communicates that a career in manufacturing is something worth investing time and money in. It shows a young apprentice that their company is optimistic about the future and is committed to developing the people who will be essential to its success."
First of all, Platform Brew Co. on Lorain Road rocks! What a great location to open our first Marketing Roundtable – getting to know each other over some good tasting craft beers. But the ambience took a back seat to the amount of marketing knowledge, curiosity to learn, and new friendships generated by the peer group representing eight WIRE-Net member companies.
"Generationally, manufacturing is at the tipping point. Marketing has huge potential for third generation owners and new owners looking to grow their business.” Craig Coffey, U.S. Marketing Communications Manager for Lincoln Electric
I enjoyed another great lunch and presentation with WIRE-Net members yesterday at the DoubleTree in Independence. Mark Norfolk, President for Fabrisonic LLC, mapped his own journey in technological design and metal 3D printing advances from 2007 to 2015, while dispelling any fears that his new 3D printing process would be putting forgers or stampers out of business anytime soon! His process creates net-shape solid metal parts using solid state ultrasonic metal welding and CNC contour milling for small orders of specialty parts. There are three reasons to be excited about this new process, especially for the aerospace, oil and gas, and defense industries:
People search the internet for basically three things: 1. To Solve Problems, 2. Find/Purchase Items, and 3. To Be Entertained. The best inbound marketing sites should do all three. During Friday's growth workshop we learned how to build a roadmap for each of our products to attract more target customers.
Since 2003, WIRE-Net has recognized manufacturing leaders who demonstrate WIRE-Net's mission through their work and accomplishments. Mission Builder Award Winners are selected for their role in strengthening manufacturing in Northeast Ohio and supporting WIRE-Net's goals – to create healthy communities and fuel economic growth.
The four manufacturers being recognized this year come from small, medium, and large companies in very different manufacturing sectors. They are winners because they are committed to growing their businesses in Northeast Ohio, and have invested in themselves and in our community.
I joined a full room of enthusiastic manufacturers today who had that question in mind. Over lunch, Bob Rossoll of Rockwell Automation explained the Rockwell Automation connected enterprise journey that began in 2007—and is still going on today.
I'll admit it: I grew up in the sixties. It was a different world then, but not so different when it comes to a young person making his or her way in life—attaining knowledge and skills necessary to provide for a family. In 1969 my soon-to-be-husband was the only person at his high school to be accepted in three different apprenticeship programs. What an honor, and what a life decision. He chose sheet metal, earned his journeyman certificate and hired on at Ohio Brass Co.
Supercharge Your Website and Fill Your Sales Funnel
Your website never sleeps, and it’s the number one place where people can find your business. And as we change our products, markets, and abilities – shouldn’t those changes bring customers back to our website again and again? So why don’t we pay more attention and resources to our websites?