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 Awards
Braden Sutphin Ink Company
Braden Sutphin Ink Company centralizes its business around two important assets: their employees, and the American printer. With more than 100 years of operating experience, Braden Sutphin is an ink company in the true American tradition. Service-oriented, the company ships 95 percent of its orders within three days of being received and takes extensive measures to ensure batch-to-batch consistency. In addition, its research and development has allowed it to expand its ink portfolio to include sheetfed, offset, web heatset, non-heatset, and other varieties of ink.
Braden Sutphin continues to expand and foster the teamwork that makes their company unique. In 2017, Braden Sutphin completed expansion and improvements at their East 93rd Street facility, consolidating production, lab, and R&D in one central location. The company retained $2M in sales and created two new jobs in the city of Cleveland. The company's investment in plant and equipment costs increased by $65K, and its investment in workforce skills increased by $25K.
Evergreen Cooperatives consists of three businesses: Evergreen Laundry, with 175 employees; Green City Growers, with 40 employees; and Evergreen Energy Solutions, a regional leader in state-of-the-art, next-generation LED lighting systems, solar power, and other energy-efficient solutions for Cleveland-area businesses, institutions, and residential properties.
Evergreen Cooperatives has been responsible for preserving and creating over 215 jobs in Cleveland, using an innovative business model that rests on "employees as owners." Their most recent project involved absorbing the business of the Sodexho laundry in Collinwood, which preserved 110 jobs in Cleveland.
Gent Machine Company
In Summer 2017, Gent Machine Company completed an expansion and relocation into a renovated, 83,000-square-foot building on Kirby Avenue in Cleveland. The new building provides them 60,000 square feet of production space (an increase from 23,000 square feet in their South Euclid location) plus 23,000 square feet to lease. In total, Gent Machine invested about $1.7M in the purchase and renovation of the building. They secured funding support from JobsOhio ($430K towards environmental mitigation at site) plus a Vacant Property Initiative loan from Cleveland Economic Development ($180K). The company brought approximately 50 employees into the city of Cleveland and repurposed a vacant building in the struggling Eddy Road Industrial Corridor.
The screw machine company makes a variety of small, precise parts for different industries. While it has long focused on screw machining, it has expanded capabilities in recent years to include CNC machining and rotary transfer. Automotive has been strong, and the company has grown that portion of its business from about 30% five years ago to above 50% now.
TPI Efficiency Consulting
TPI Efficiency Consulting believes that strengthening the manufacturing community in Greater Cleveland fuels economic growth for the entire region. In 2017, they saved Greater Cleveland manufacturing clients over $1.2 million dollars, which was used to make capital purchases, hire employees, and support their communities.
Additionally, through LED lighting installations they removed the mercury in florescent lighting from manufacturing facilities and reduced 943 metric tons of CO2 emissions.
As WIRE-Net's exclusive energy partner, TPI saves manufacturers money and provides a cleaner future.
Strategic Partner Awards
This year WIRE-Net is honoring four organizations for their long-standing support of WIRE-Net, helping us fulfill our goal to create healthy communities and fuel economic growth. Over the years, these organizations have helped fund workforce programs for youth and adults, manufacturing excellence, and organizational strategic planning.
Alicia Booker, Cuyahoga Community College
O'Neill Brothers Foundation
To see a list of previous award winners, read A Legacy of Recognizing Excellence.
Join us at our Annual Meeting on Thursday, April 26, 2018 at the Renaissance Cleveland.