Northeast Ohio Manufacturers Explore Technology’s Great Potential in Powering Ongoing Growth

Tech experts, manufacturing executives set to collaborate at 7th Annual Manufacturing Symposium

CLEVELAND, Ohio, September 5, 2018 – The Manufacturing Advocacy and Growth Network (MAGNET) and Team Northeast Ohio (Team NEO) are teaming up with the Cleveland Engineering Society for the 7th Annual Northeast Ohio Manufacturing Symposium, an event designed to help Northeast Ohio manufacturers leverage emerging technologies to grow their businesses.

Workshops and a panel discussion will cover hot topics in the technology realm:

  • Cybersecurity and the Internet of Things (IoT)
  • New frontiers in manufacturing technology
  • Process innovation best practices
  • Workforce innovation and the talent pipeline

The theme of this year’s Manufacturing Symposium is “Leverage Emerging Technologies to Grow Your Business,” with over a dozen Northeast Ohio manufacturing executives discussing their best practices and lessons learned. The technologies discussed include 3D printing, online education for incumbent workers, the Internet of Things, cybersecurity, blockchain, and more. Companies presenting include Jergens, Flavorseal, Lincoln Electric, M7 Technologies, Criterion Tool, LEFCO Worthington, Montville Plastics, PresRite, Technology House, and more.

Culminating in the keynote, “Autonomous Vehicles: Preparing for the Next Revolution in Manufacturing,” by Jason Sudy, principal, OHM Advisors, the symposium will provide manufacturers with a forum for sharing insights and best practices while learning about the latest technological advances.

“This type of information exchange is vital to continuing the spirited evolution of advanced manufacturing in our region,” said Ethan Karp, CEO of MAGNET. “When local companies that are actively leveraging these exciting new technologies collaborate face-to-face with those who are interested in them, the potential for revenue and job growth for our region increases significantly.”

Jay Foran, senior vice president of Industry and Innovation at Team NEO added, “Northeast Ohio has a rich tradition of innovation in manufacturing. This Symposium will bring cutting-edge ideas and technologies to the forefront in a meaningful way, as manufacturers hear firsthand how their peers are implementing emerging technologies to strengthen their companies and industries.”

The 7th Annual Northeast Ohio Manufacturing Symposium will take place at the Spitzer Conference Center at Lorain County Community College on Friday, September 28, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Visit for more information.


For more than 30 years, MAGNET: The Manufacturing Advocacy and Growth Network has served the 18 counties of Northeast Ohio, offering a range of services to manufacturers as part of the national and Ohio Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP). These services, which include product and process development, workforce initiatives, and lean/operations consulting, help companies by improving revenue and job retention as well as driving manufacturing and economic development in Northeast Ohio.

About Team NEO

Team NEO is a business development organization focused on creating jobs for Northeast Ohio’s residents. In collaboration with our partners, it leads the region’s business attraction efforts, supports business retention and expansion work as Northeast Ohio’s JobsOhio affiliate, accelerates the impact of innovation in the region, and aligns strategies and resources within the economic development network to maximize its impact. In addition, Team NEO provides tools to assist employers in attracting talent to the region.

Team NEO is part of the robust Northeast Ohio Economic Development System, providing business decision-makers with access to customized solutions that mitigate risk, foster innovation and accelerate growth through a connected and collaborative ecosystem. For more information, visit