In 1988, when WIRE-Net set up shop to serve as an advocate for manufacturers, business was booming. Cleveland's industrial landscape was dotted with plants and factories that, while diverse in nature, all shared the same issues and concerns: Security, job training, technical assistance, infrastructure improvement, and maneuvering through bureaucratic mazes.
More Ohio kids than ever before are being exposed to manufacturing careers by attending summer camp, thanks to an initiative Senator Sherrod Brown started six years ago. WIRE-Net will again be taking part in this initiative, supporting the second manufacturing camp held in Cleveland since Brown started these camps in 2013. The Cleveland camp, one of more than 19 taking place in Ohio this summer, is an initiative of the city's chapter of My Brother’s Keeper, which works to connect male students of color with community leaders through mentoring relationships and educational events.
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.
If you weren’t one of the 7,500 people who attended the Ohio Safety Congress this month you may not have heard the buzz surrounding safety changes under the new Trump Administration. Below is a rundown of some recent regulation changes and other safety updates to keep top of mind this month.
On April 26th, join over 320 individuals—including WIRE-Net’s Board of Directors, members, government officials, and community leaders—for WIRE-Net’s 2016 Annual Meeting to celebrate manufacturing growth and achievement in Northeast Ohio.
Many manufacturers are challenged with articulating a unique value proposition for their companies. And, as I discovered at WIRE-Net’s Growth Workshop last Friday, many manufacturers believe that the only thing that sets them apart from the competition is Price.
Last night I was thrilled to be joined by 120 friends from our manufacturing community to kick-off our 2016 Accelerate Cleveland Manufacturing year. Attendees enjoyed Cleveland Whiskey’s award winning bourbon and signature cocktail: A Winter Night in Cleveland at the offices of Boondock Walker in MidTown.
October is Manufacturing Month in the State of Ohio. This is a month-long celebration of the manufacturing industry, its importance to our state economy, and the men and women working in our state’s manufacturing sector.
Here at WIRE-Net we love two things: our members and manufacturing.
We love supporting our members and the work they do to make high quality products that our community and region are proud of.
And what’s not to love about manufacturing?