The Cleveland Industrial Retention Initiative (CIRI), a program of the City of Cleveland, managed by WIRE-Net, assists the city's manufacturing firms to improve operations, maintain profitability, and remain competitive. Over the last three years, the CIRI team of retention specialists has averaged over 460 unique manufacturing site visits per year. The team has managed 47 service interventions where jobs and/or investment were at risk. Between 2015 and 2017, just over 2,600 jobs and $162.9 million in annual payroll was affected by the 47 CIRI projects.
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!
WIRE-Net, MAGNET, Medina County Workforce Development, and Team-NEO completed a major grant-funded project that helped regional companies improve their competitiveness, create and retain jobs, and strengthen their operations here in Northeast Ohio.
Topics: Cleveland Industrial Retention Initiative (CIRI), Accelerate Cleveland Manufacturing, MAGNET, Team NEO, Medina County Workforce Development, Make It In America, Cleveland Foundation, City of Cleveland
Manufacturing is alive and well on the Cuyahoga, thanks in large part to the Cleveland Industrial Retention Initiative (CIRI).
CIRI, the business retention and expansion (BRE) program of Cleveland’s Economic Development Department, that is managed by a nonprofit that offers complementary services-the Westside Industrial Retention and Expansion Network, a.k.a. WIRE-Net-has been a trusted partner of Cleveland manufacturers since 1986.
Manufacturing matters to Cleveland. Manufacturing is the foundation of the community's current and future economy because it:
- Employs Cleveland residents
- Provides payroll tax to the City of Cleveland
- Creates three jobs in other sectors for every manufacturing job
General Metal Heat Treating (GMHT) was founded in 1942 by Bill Kaye, a furnace operator and Joe Sindelar, a former employee of the East Ohio Gas Company. A true "war baby," GMHT focused on tungsten based steel that could be heat treated in open flame.