Since 1990, Manufacturing Works (originally as WIRE-Net) has recognized leaders in our manufacturing community.
In 2000, to honor our expanding mission, WIRE-Net established our Mission Builder Award to recognize industrial companies that exemplify our mission.
This year, keeping the focus on the three pillars of excellence outlined in our 2020 Vision, our award winners were chosen for their success in workforce development, industrial technology, and leadership succession.
Mission Builder Award,
Great Lakes Brewing Company,
Setting up a digital manufacturing environment is achievable for manufacturers of all sizes. While it can be overwhelming to think about how to initially set this up, the value gained for companies in the long run far out weighs the initial set up costs. Just as major league baseball managers are using new analytical means to measure the true value of players, manufacturers are increasingly relying on data to drive their decisions. We encourage leaders to take the first step and start small as they begin using data to optimize their operations. Curious what data you can capture and what it can do for you?
If you believe cyber criminals exclusively target technology or larger companies because of their rich transactional and confidential data, you would be mistaken. Small to mid-size manufacturers have troves of critical IP and confidential data making them just as valuable and vulnerable to cyberattacks. But Manufactures share a big difference, they also have large parts of their operations run by robotics and automation using new technologies like RPA and IoT. Because these technologies are newer, they have big opportunities for cyber criminals to exploit and breach. Manufacturers also have a much smaller or non-existent cybersecurity budget to combat this growing threat.
According to Ideastream, at the end of 2018 about 6.6. million Americans were unemployed and companies had almost as many job openings. In many cases, the people looking for work simply weren’t qualified for the positions that companies needed to fill. One solution to address the labor shortage and the skills gap are apprenticeship programs.
What comes to mind when you hear the phrase workplace violence? If you’re like most people, you picture a physical altercation between employees of the same organization. In reality, workplace violence encompasses any physical or verbal abuse – including harassment, intimidation, humiliation, bullying (incl. cyberbullying), threats, etc. – between employees, customers, vendors, associates & others taking place on-or-off the premises!
In 1935, Walter “Wally” Grossman realized after graduating from school that finding employment in the midst of the Great Depression was not going to be easy. He then began developing and manufacturing heat and thermal protective apparel for foundry workers, steel pipe manufacturers and welders in his father’s basement in Cleveland, Ohio. It wasn’t long before Wally’s business took off and his father, George, quit his job and began working alongside his son. Together, they started a successful family business despite severe economic conditions.
National Safety Apparel,
Women In Manufacturing
Technology is changing, the workforce demographics are changing as well as your customer demands – how do you keep up with it all?
Imagine this – you have a great idea, new technology that will improve productivity and sales. You and the leadership team have been planning this, you researched the best technology provider and even invested in consultants to help with integrating it into your current system and processes. Then….it happens….
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It’s true we love manufacturing! And the packed house at yesterday’s 2019 Manufacturing Survey Rollout Event was evidence that many others in our region do too. The survey results, presented by Purolator International, were a compilation of insights from 500 manufacturing companies and Manufacturing Works members that responded to the survey now in its third year.
Pandata, a New Manufacturing Works Member
Manufacturing Works is thrilled to welcome new member, Pandata. "We think the skills they can offer our manufacturing members will be invaluable," said Rick Dawson, Manager of Membership Development.
Pandata deals in everything data: machine learning, artificial intelligence, and data science as a service. Their team has diverse skill sets, allowing them to understand a broader set of client problems and come up with better solutions.
Manufacturing Works continues its evolution with the announcement today of a new Executive Director. Ken Patsey will join the organization as its new leader beginning in February.
Ken is a graduate of Kenyon College where he received his undergraduate degree in Economics and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. While working as an economist, Ken attended the Weatherhead School of Management at CWRU, and earned his MBA with an emphasis in banking and finance.