Where Manufacturing Matters

Meet the Team Behind Your Member Profile

Posted by Mari-Elen Sammon on Jan 19, 2018 10:22:06 AM

Felber PR & Marketing, WIRE-Net Member Since 2012

Throughout the last three years, WIRE-Net members have read, shared, and enjoyed in-depth member profiles in our monthly newsletter. In 2018, WIRE-Net's 30th Anniversary, we will feature many of our founding and longstanding members. One of those members has been the quiet voice behind the written member profiles, Felber PR & Marketing. This year, our member profiles will be featured on a special 30th anniversary WIRE-Net website page, as printed handouts at events, and receive additional focus.

Who is the volunteer team behind the member profiles? You know them as Rob Felber and Allison Miller.

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Topics: Membership, Felber PR & Marketing, Member Profile

A Legacy of Recognizing Excellence

Posted by Mari-Elen Sammon on Jan 18, 2018 3:07:53 PM

Since 1990, WIRE-Net has recognized leaders in our manufacturing community.

First, came the Community Improvement Awards in recognition of the companies who invested in their Cleveland neighborhood through industrial expansion, job creation, investment in human resources, and property beautification.

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Topics: Mission Builder Award, WIRE-Net Annual Meeting, Strategic Partner Award

Ubuntu

Posted by John Colm, WIRE-Net President and Executive Director on Dec 11, 2017 2:32:04 PM

Ubuntu is a Zulu phrase which, loosely translated, implies that you are a person because of other people.

Well, WIRE-Net's 2020 VISION Strategic Direction exists because of other people. WIRE-Net's Board of Directors undertook the plan in large part because of the tremendous changes – in demographics, economics, technology, and politics – taking place in our region and in manufacturing.

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Topics: Workforce Development, IoT, Internet of Things, 2020 Vision, Talent

A Closer Look at the 2018 FedEx and UPS Rate Increases

Posted by PartnerShip on Dec 5, 2017 3:08:24 PM

With the New Year approaching, it’s time to look at the UPS and FedEx rate increases for 2018 and how they will affect your costs. In September, FedEx announced an average increase of 4.9% on Express and Ground services. UPS joined the party in October, announcing that they will also be increasing their rates by an average of 4.9%. The new UPS rates will take effect on December 24, 2017, while FedEx will be instating them a week later on January 1, 2018.

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Topics: PartnerShip LLC, Shipping, Freight

National Apprenticeship Week is Here!

Posted by WIRE-Net on Nov 15, 2017 10:36:34 AM

This week marks the third annual National Apprenticeship Week (November 13-19). We are excited to take part in this celebration with so many other companies, individuals, and educators that are making a difference through apprenticeship programs. We believe apprenticeships work for everyone—from the business owner looking to recruit highly skilled and talented workers, to the job seeker wanting to advance their career. It works because youth and job seekers can earn while they learn, and employers can develop the talent they need to compete today and tomorrow.

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Topics: Apprenticeships, Tri-C, Max S. Hayes High School, Apprenticeship Consortium, National Apprenticeship Week, Pre-Apprenticeship

Transforming Your Bottom Line

Posted by Rob Felber on Nov 13, 2017 1:47:17 PM

Price Point Partners, WIRE-Net Member Since 2016

Price Point Partners was founded in 1998. The organization helps manufacturing companies and distributors achieve their profit potential through sales and pricing improvement programs. Ralph Zuponcic, co-founder, is proud of his Cleveland roots and wants to see Northeast Ohio manufacturers thrive.

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Topics: Membership, Member Profile, Price Point Partners

Manufacturing Month Update: Nuts & Bolts Bash Recap

Posted by WIRE-Net on Oct 18, 2017 7:00:00 AM

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!

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Topics: Cleveland Industrial Retention Initiative (CIRI), Max S. Hayes High School, Nuts & Bolts Bash, Apprenticeship Consortium

SEO Alone Isn't Enough

Posted by Dan Konstantinovsky on Oct 17, 2017 10:28:44 AM

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.

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Topics: Marketing, Inbound Marketing, SEO, Digital Marketing, Content Marketing

Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering Consulting Firm Goes Beyond "Cookie-Cutter" Solutions

Posted by Allison Miller on Sep 14, 2017 3:51:26 PM

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.

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Topics: Membership, Member Profile, Productivity Solutions LLC

October is Manufacturing Month: Show Your Support

Posted by WIRE-Net on Sep 14, 2017 3:39:34 PM

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.

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Topics: Manufacturing Events, Manufacturing Day, Nuts & Bolts Bash

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