Where Manufacturing Matters

Happy Birthday WIRE-Net: Celebrating Three Decades of Impact

Posted by Kristen Haning on Aug 16, 2018 10:39:50 AM

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.

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Topics: John Colm, Crains Cleveland Business, WIRE-Net History

JumpStart & WIRE-Net: A Winning Workforce Partnership

Posted by Jessica Westropp on Jul 30, 2018 4:35:38 PM

The Emerging Talent Network (ETN) is a JumpStart program that launched in 2017 to connect qualified Cleveland Metropolitan School District (CMSD) 11th grade and emerging 12th grade students with local companies for summer internships and full-time employment. WIRE-Net began partnering with ETN shortly after the program launched to leverage the program’s resources, CMSD relationships, and company relationships to meet the needs of the manufacturing students and companies we work with at Max S. Hayes High School.

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Topics: Emerging Talent Network, Pre-Appreniticeships, JumpStart, KeyBank Foundation, Martindale Electric, Oatey, Greater Cleveland Partnership, Max S. Hayes High School, Cleveland Metropolitan School District

National Safety Apparel Is Honored for Business Longevity

Posted by WIRE-Net on Jul 19, 2018 3:20:14 PM

WIRE-Net member National Safety Apparel has been selected as an honoree for the 2018 Smart Business Business Longevity Awards. The Business Longevity Awards, presented by Smart Business Network Inc., recognize local organizations with at least 50 years in business that demonstrate an ability to adapt and evolve with the changing times. These awards celebrate the rich history of Northeast Ohio’s business community and acknowledge the specific companies that have made it all possible.

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Topics: Business Longevity, Smart Business, National Safety Apparel, Membership, Member Profile, News

5 Key Questions For the Exit Planning Process

Posted by Larry Gard, Ph.D on Jul 19, 2018 9:52:55 AM

If you’re a business owner, in the future you won’t be.  It’s just that simple.  There is no escaping the reality that eventually you will exit from your business.  Perhaps you will sell it, perhaps you will retire.  You may grow bored with it or you may fall ill.  The list of positive and negative possibilities is vast.  And yet very few business owners engage in proactive exit planning.  Most fail to establish arrangements for a thoughtful transfer of ownership that protects their interests, and the interests of other stakeholders including employees, vendors, and valued clients.
 
This whitepaper is designed for business owners who ought to be working on an exit plan, but haven’t yet done so.  

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Topics: Succession Planning, Business Planning, Exit Planning Process, White Paper, Business Retention, Financial Planning, Three Pillars of Exit Planning, Business Advisor, Trusted Advisor

Getting Value from Manufacturing 4.0

Posted by John Colm, WIRE-Net President and Executive Director on Jul 16, 2018 10:12:17 AM

When WIRE-Net began planning for 2020 and beyond and investigated the emerging technology trends that would affect the future of manufacturing, it didn’t take long to encounter the confusing terminology that’s used to describe these new technologies and their application.

Industry 4.0; Smart Manufacturing; Manufacturing 4.0; Industrial Internet of Things…etcetera. Sometimes these terms are used interchangeably, sometimes they distinguish between different things.

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Topics: IIoT, Manufacturing 4.0, Technology

Internships: A Win-Win Solution to Manufacturing Workforce Needs

Posted by Jessica Westropp on Jul 9, 2018 2:43:52 PM

WIRE-Net continues to hear about the critical workforce challenges that Northeast Ohio manufacturers are experiencing and the questions they have around how to be more innovative and effective with talent management. One of the ways that WIRE-Net is assisting to bridge this gap and meet manufacturers needs is by offering internship opportunities to high-schoolers at Max S. Hayes High School and Parma Senior High.

Since its inception in 2013, the WIRE-Net youth internship program has provided a steady and sustainable pipeline of permanent employees to participating companies and provided students with real-world experience to learn skills required for jobs and careers in the manufacturing industry.

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Topics: Internships, Youth Programs, Voss Industries, Cleveland Metropolitan School District, ArcelorMittal, Lozick Foundation, Parma City Schools, General Steel Company, Melin Tool

Augmented Reality Is Changing Manufacturing for the Better

Posted by Jon Shoop on Jul 3, 2018 9:35:28 AM

Manufacturers are increasingly implementing augmented reality (AR) technology to improve their manufacturing processes. And for good reason—AR typically results in cost reductions, increased speed and fewer errors.

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Topics: Artificial Intelligence, Skoda Minotti, Technology, Manufacturing and Distribution Survey 2017, Processes, Augmented Reality, AR Technology

Using Summer to Teach Kids About Manufacturing Careers

Posted by Kristen Haning on Jun 25, 2018 3:37:56 PM

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. 

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Topics: Summer Camp, Workforce Development, Max S. Hayes High School, Youth Programs

WIRE-Net Staff Members on the Move

Posted by WIRE-Net on Jun 14, 2018 10:51:57 AM

This month, WIRE-Net announced two deserving staff members were being promoted. Tom Birkel who has been working as part of the CIRI team for the last two years will move into the newly created Vice President, Manufacturing Services position, and Brianna Schultz, who has managed WIRE-Net’s youth programs since 2015, has accepted the Vice President, Workforce Development position, and will oversee both the youth and adult workforce programs.

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Topics: Workforce Development, 2020 Vision, Mike Hoag, Tom Birkel, Brianna Schultz, Manufacturing Services, WIRE-Net Staff

Meet Yasir Alhaimus-NOMAC Maintenance Mechanic Apprentice

Posted by WIRE-Net on Jun 12, 2018 9:16:52 AM

Yasir Alhaimus – NOMAC Industrial Maintenance Mechanic Apprentice (U.S. Cotton)

Yasir is 29 years old.  He currently resides in Cleveland with his brother and parents, but immigrated to the United States in 2015.  He had an extensive education prior to immigrating including a Bachelor Degree in Technology (Computer Science) from a university in New Delhi, India.  According to Yasir, when he arrived in the U.S., it was very difficult for him to obtain a job in his field.  Few employers would recognize his degree and he lacked any professional experience in his field on study.

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Topics: Apprenticeship Consortium, Maintenance Mechanic, Training, US Cotton, Tri-C

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