The annual Nuts & Bolts Bash, presented for the fifth year in a row by Spooner Incorporated, is WIRE-Net's signature fundraiser that helped kick-off Manufacturing Month and launch our giving season with generous sponsorships and donations of in-kind prizes or cash contributions invested in our mission-driven activities. We're pleased to announce that on October 5th you helped us raise over $27,000 in net revenue, which was just shy of our $30,000 goal!
Best Practices for Manufacturers Looking to Grow in 2018
With B2B buyers nearly 60% through the sales cycle before contacting a supplier and engineers investing the equivalent of more than one full workday per week consuming content, leading manufacturers are increasingly realizing the value of having an effective marketing and demand generation strategy.
Productivity Solutions LLC, A New WIRE-Net Member
Productivity Solutions LLC, founded in 2002, prides itself on not fitting the 'typical' process improvement consulting firm mold. Their team is composed of degreed engineers who see the big picture and know what improvement tools to use and when. Services offered include routing & BOM maintenance, facility & workstation layout design, material handling design, ergonomics, process documentation, capacity modeling, Lean Manufacturing, Six-Sigma projects, and much more.
Manufacturing Month is a celebration of modern manufacturing meant to inspire the next generation of manufacturers. It addresses common misperceptions about manufacturing by giving manufacturers an opportunity to open their doors and show what manufacturing is — and what it isn’t. To match up with Manufacturing Day, which takes place on October 6th, the state of Ohio celebrates Manufacturing Month the entire month of October.
Auto Bolt Co., WIRE-Net Member Since 2013
In early May, during National Small Business Week—an annual event that recognizes the significant contributions of American entrepreneurship—Rob Kocian, President of Auto Bolt Co., was honored as The Ohio Small Business Person of the Year. This award included an invitation to the White House to receive the award. The company was further honored locally when they received a proclamation and special recognition from Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson.
WIRE-Net is finalizing its 2020 VISION strategic direction for the next three years. We’ve researched the emerging issues confronting greater Cleveland’s manufacturing sector, interviewed dozens of Ohio and United States manufacturing experts, conducted a series of manufacturing focus groups with member and non-member firms, organized a four-hour Future Search to identify and prioritize the challenges, and have been digesting this information and more to set our future direction. Over 130 people have been engaged in our 2020 VISION plan so far.
Advanced Controls Inc., a New WIRE-Net Member
Established in 1997, Advanced Controls Inc. (ACI) has grown from a family-owned panel shop to a 36,000-square foot facility and a leading provider of automation control solutions offering CAD drafting services, PLC programming, contract manufacturing services, and system installation. ACI also offers start-up, field service/trouble shooting, full service build, wiring, and quality control Services. The company provides UL 508A certifications for the US and Canada, as well as CSE certifications and is solutions certified to ISO 9001 standards.
WorkSource Program Fills Job in Less Than 30 Days
WIRE-Net Member, Royal Chemical, was searching for a manager for their Macedonia plant. They turned to WIRE-Net's Workforce Development Coordinator, T.J. McGowan, and found success with a new hire.
In the years since the worst economic recession of the 21st century, several industries have shown resilience. Foremost of these is automotive. Not only have global sales reached a record high in 2016, but the operating margins are growing quickly as well. According to research presented by Capital IQ, average operating margins for the top 100 automotive market suppliers were able to jump above pre-recession levels by 2010, just a year from their record low.
AMECO USA, WIRE-Net Member Since 2011
American Manufacturing & Engineering Company (AMECO USA), established in 1992, specializes in engineered metal fabricated and machined components, products, and projects. Located in Cleveland, AMECO USA is a full custom solutions provider to industrial manufacturing customers both domestically and abroad.