Celebrating Manufacturing in October
Four years ago the state of Ohio acknowledged October as
Manufacturing Month with the purpose of
celebrating and raising awareness of the many career opportunities
in the manufacturing industry. Manufacturing remains the largest
sector of Northeast Ohio’s economy and a primary driver of
the region’s economic growth. Given ongoing manufacturing
innovations, it’s estimated that there will be 49,000 job
openings in production occupations in Northeast Ohio over the next
While manufacturing has long been the foundation of Northeast
Ohio’s economy, many people are not aware of the abundant
opportunities available when it comes to manufacturing-related
careers in the region. Events like Manufacturing Day, held on Oct. 2, as part of
Manufacturing Month are helping to change that by making students
particularly aware of the opportunities that exist.
The annual event occurs on the first Friday of October and is a
day where manufacturers open their doors to showcase the potential
of modern manufacturing and foster interest in manufacturing
careers. There were many companies in Northeast Ohio that
participated this year. Read on to see a snapshot of these
companies and what they offered.
MAGNET [M]Power: Manufacturing Assembly 2015
– Held on Sept. 30 at the John S. Knight Center in Akron, the
conference focused on the challenges of today’s changing
Criterion Tool – Criterion Tool in
Brookpark was open on Oct. 2 for tours of its state-of-the-art
facility to show the latest technology that makes manufacturing so
exciting. Presentations were also available to schools and classes
who were interested in manufacturing.
Products Inc. – On Oct. 9, RW Screw in Massillon
will welcome local career centers; local high school’s future
machinists; and Wayne, Buckeye, and R.G. Drage Career Centers
machining students to observe its facilities. RW Screw hopes to
inform them of what careers are available in their community and
help attract new talent.
NSL Analytical Services, Inc. – NSL
Analytical in Warrensville Heights participated in a community
event at Formtek’s facility on Manufacturing Day. Companies
and colleges both gathered to share with students the wide range of
opportunities available at the companies.
Industrial Surplus – HGR in Euclid hosted a
customer appreciation sale and offered a free lunch with a
demonstration by the Euclid High School Robotics Team. The company
partnered with MAGNET and Ingenuity Cleveland to unveil resource
centers inside of HGR’s showroom.
Humtown Products – Humtown in
Columbiana hosted a tour to a group of second year STEM students
from David Anderson Sr. High School in Libson. There was a
presentation on 3D Printing, CNC Machining, Conventional Pattern
Making and a video showing Humtown’s Sand Core Production
area. The tour and presentation showed students Humtown’s
role in the manufacturing industry and showcased a few of the
EMC Precision – In Elyria, EMC
Precision celebrated Manufacturing Day by hosting a plant tour and
presentation on manufacturing and machine principles to help
increase understanding and awareness of both in Lorain
Hillman Precision, Inc. – Hillman in
Ashland offered facility tours of its CNC machine shop in action.
They also presented information about manufacturing careers and
hosted a small car.
Quality Electrodynamics (QED) –
In celebration of Manufacturing Day, QED in Mayfield had several
stations set up to allow students an opportunity for hands-on
experience in a manufacturing setting.
For the full list of companies that were involved in
Manufacturing Day initiatives, click here.