New EY-Nottingham Spirk Innovation Hub to Lead in Industry 4.0

JobsOhio R&D Center Grant Supports Future Innovation from New University Circle Facility

Nottingham Spirk, in partnership with Ernst & Young, announced it will create a 60,000 square-foot EY-Nottingham Spirk Innovation Hub at their current facility in Cleveland’s University Circle Area, further enhancing the region’s industrial legacy and commitment to advanced manufacturing transformation. The project is being assisted by a $1.5 million JobsOhio Research and Development Center Grant.

“Ohio will now be a destination for global manufacturers seeking the latest advanced techniques and possible plant relocations,” said John Spirk, Co-President and Co-Founder of Nottingham Spirk. “We are already working with regional, national and international firms to upgrade their innovation processes, digitizing their plant operations and advancing their commercialization techniques.”

The Innovation Hub will guide manufacturing leaders along the journey to the next generation of technology through “hands-on” physical and virtual experiences utilizing Industry 4.0, which utilizes the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) connected technology.

“Cleveland’s rich history of innovation and industry advancement continues with the EY-Nottingham Spirk Innovation Hub. Organizations make confident decisions when they understand the future they are preparing for and the tools that will help them succeed,” said John Nottingham, Co-President and Co-Founder of Nottingham Spirk. “Once secure, they can be more open to process evolution.”

Nottingham Spirk and Ernst & Young worked closely with JobsOhio and Team NEO to bring the project and $3.9 million investment to the University Circle area.

“The EY-Nottingham Spirk facility will combine the innovative strength of two organizations on the cutting edge of connectivity, automation and manufacturing,” said J.P. Nauseef, JobsOhio president and CEO. “This is going to be a state-of-the-art facility that will drive the future of manufacturing worldwide with advancements made in Northeast Ohio.”

“This partnership between Nottingham Spirk and EY, as well as unique capabilities being created through JobsOhio’s R&D Grant, represent an incredible asset for Northeast Ohio that complements important work of the Cleveland Innovation Project to encourage technology adoption among mid-size and small manufacturing companies,” added Bill Koehler, Team NEO CEO. “The opportunity to enhance innovation within the full spectrum of Northeast Ohio manufacturers and others we can attract to the region will help ensure our long-term economic competitiveness.”  

A multidisciplinary approach featuring technology collaboration tools will feature live factory-of-the-future production and end-to-end supply chain interactive experiences around connected products and electric vehicles, as well as a studio for rapid prototyping and advanced machining.

“By combining EY global innovation knowledge with the creative momentum happening in Cleveland, we will help establish this city as a manufacturing innovation hub in the United States. We are proud to invest in the growing EY manufacturing presence, and to help define this next chapter for the city where EY US was founded,” said Brad Newman, EY Americas Advanced Manufacturing & Mobility Leader.

The partnership that will establish the EY-Nottingham Spirk Innovation Hub combine’s Nottingham Spirk’s Vertical Innovation™ disciplines with EY business model, digital, manufacturing and EY‍ wavespace™ offerings. Opening of the facility is planned for spring 2021.

About Nottingham Spirk

For over 48 years, Nottingham Spirk has created breakthrough innovations generating over $50 billion in revenue for our client partners. Nottingham Spirk is the only truly vertically integrated innovation firm with all disciplines required to bring products to market from one location. In 2020, Nottingham Spirk was recognized as one of Fast Company’s “Top 100 Top Workplaces for Innovators in the World.” Since our inception in 1972, we have secured over 1,300 patents for our clients, of which 95% have been commercialized. Nottingham Spirk provides real-time innovation training for client teams, allowing our client partners to learn from the process and accelerating the speed of product development and launch through our Vertical Innovation™ process. Our NS Innovation Center located in Cleveland, Ohio houses all the resources and expertise needed to bring innovations from concept to commercialization. To learn more, visit Nottingham Spirk.

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About JobsOhio

JobsOhio is a private nonprofit economic development corporation designed to drive job creation and new capital investment in Ohio through business attraction, retention and expansion. The organization also works to seed talent production in its targeted industries and to attract talent to Ohio through Find Your Ohio. JobsOhio works with six regional partners across Ohio: Dayton Development CoalitionOhio Southeast Economic DevelopmentOne ColumbusREDI CincinnatiRegional Growth Partnership and Team NEO. Learn more at Follow us on LinkedInTwitter and Facebook.

About Team NEO

Team NEO is a private, nonprofit economic development organization accelerating business growth and job creation throughout the 18 counties of Northeast Ohio. As the designated JobsOhio Network Partner, we align and amplify local economic development efforts in Northeast Ohio’s 18-county region; we conduct research and data analysis to inform local conversations and influence solutions; we market Northeast Ohio as a region; and we work to increase access to jobs, education and training for the region’s 4.3 million people. For more information, visit