October is Manufacturing Month in Ohio and the demand for jobs in manufacturing and engineering is as strong as ever. The types of opportunities in these fields are varied and now is the perfect time to consider a career that is both rewarding and exciting. This brief video provides a glimpse into the world of manufacturing and engineering and the wonderful future that goes with it.
· Innovation engineering
· Train the Trainer for structured OJT
· Product and Process Value Engineering (Concepts/Ideation)
If so, NOW is the time for you to submit an application for the Ohio Incumbent Workforce Training Voucher Program.
Offered through the Ohio Development Services Agency, the program provides direct financial assistance to train or upgrade the skills of your workers, thereby improving your company’s processes and competitiveness This training can take place at your facility, online or at a third party site. Grant funding of 50% reimbursement, up to $500,000 is available through this program.
Grant money received must be spent by June 30, 2014, so this is an IMMEDIATE OPPORTUNITY for you to start and complete a training or education initiative at your company that will quickly and substantially benefit your operations and your bottom-line.
If you’re interested in learning more about this program, MAGNET is willing to step you through the application process and provide the framework for a customized plan that meets your company’s specific needs to qualify.
But you must act VERY SOON. The pre-application process for these grants is NOW OPEN. Applications can be submitted for review starting September 30 at 10 a.m. For further information on the Ohio Incumbent Workforce Training Voucher Program, visit: www.development.ohio.gov/bs/bs_wtvp.htm
Contact Greg Krizman at 216.432.5311 to discuss how valuable this grant program can be to your company.
Many U.S. manufacturers are reinventing themselves through new leadership, new strategies, and new support systems, regaining competitiveness — along with profits and jobs — lost during a decade of outsourcing and downsizing.
The 2013 Next Generation Manufacturing Study will outline how successful manufacturers are creating new value by identifying the top performances and best practices necessary for world-class status in the 21st century.
The Next Generation Manufacturing (NGM) Study provides small- and medium-sized manufacturers an opportunity to compare themselves to similar manufacturers in key strategic areas. Manufacturing executives are invited to complete a free, quick and confidential online survey.
Respondents are not required to share financial information. There are options to participate anonymously or confidentially, or to download a PDF of the survey, and snail mail it to the study organizers.
Find out about the benchmarks “scorecard” and other benefits available to manufacturers who contribute to this national survey. Visit: www.NGMStudy.com before August 29th to complete the 2013 NGM Survey.
By Dave Crain, Director Entrepreneurial Services, MAGNET
We are happy to announce that The Incubator at MAGNET’s second annual MPAcT funding competition was completed recently, with four grant funding awards made.
Offered for the first time in 2012, the MAGNET Product Acceleration & Technical Assistance Grant program (MPAcT) is a strategic entrepreneurial acceleration program whereby promising early stage, high-growth technology companies in Northeast Ohio, working in collaboration with MAGNET, can receive small targeted grants that will help the company overcome some technical design or engineering hurdle that stands between them and follow-on investment or commercial success of their product or production process.
The program awards up to $30,000 per recipient with the following four main goals:
- Accelerate the introduction of new technology products or processes;
- Accelerate time to market or full adoption of technology;
- Create new employment opportunities within Northeast Ohio; and
- Reduce barriers to follow-on investment.
For MPAct’s second edition we saw slightly fewer applications, but with a much higher quality and all the companies and presentations were very well done. In the end, four companies were chosen to receive funds:
|Folio Photonics, a Case spinout and new Incubator tenant, is using off-the-shelf components and proprietary technology to significantly increase the capacity of DVD-sized information storage.|
|Disease Diagnostic Group LLC is another start-up working on developing Case technology. This company has a diagnostic test for malaria that is significantly faster than current methods and requires no refrigeration.|
|Motion Resolution is working on a new bike pedal for tri-athletes offering significant increases in performance output.|
|DragonID LLC is developing a filtering device to be used during aortic valve replacement to keep dislodged emboli from traveling to the brain causing a stroke or clotting elsewhere in the body.|
These are four very interesting companies with great commercialization prospects. All of us with The Incubator at MAGNET are very excited to be working with all of them and congratulate them on their successful MPAct Award applications.
In this short video below, Gordon Daly, President of BoxCast, and winner of one of last year’s MPAct Awards shares how the award helped his company move to the next step in commercializing its product:
2013 NASA Manufacturing Innovation Project Offers Engineering Expertise to Cuyahoga County Manufacturers
On June 25, more than 50 manufacturers attended a briefing at MAGNET’s Manufacturing Innovation Center near downtown Cleveland to learn about the 2013 Manufacturing Innovation Project (MIP).
Following on from the successful 2012 MIP, this year’s program once again offers small and medium-size manufacturers the chance to review their engineering challenges with top subject-matter experts at the NASA Glenn Research Center. In addition, the City of Cleveland and Cuyahoga County have again made available the option for MIP participants to obtain optional low-cost loans to cover related expenses.
Manufacturers interested in applying for the second round of the Manufacturing Innovation Project must be located in the City of Cleveland or Cuyahoga County. To apply, manufacturers should visit the MIP’s online application web site where they can find complete details. The deadline to apply is August 7, 2013. The selected winners will be announced in September. Continue reading
By Judith Crocker, Director, Workforce & Talent Development, MAGNET
Now is the time for Northeast Ohio manufacturers to step up and become part of the skills-gap solution by taking part in a unique summer work-force development program coordinated by MAGNET.
MAGNET’s 2013 Work-Based Learning Experiences program (WBLE) offers work-based learning experiences to high-school students who will enter their senior year next fall. Students from Mahoning County Career Technical Center, Polaris Career Center and Lorain County Joint Vocational School are participating in this “earn and learn” program.
This program allows Northeast Ohio manufacturers to be part of the solution and help attract and engage young people in engineering and manufacturing careers. Manufacturers can contact me, Judith Crocker, by phone (216.432.5386) or email to participate.
Prep: One- and Two-Day Shadowing Events
In addition, in preparation for the summer WBLE program, MAGNET is currently seeking companies that will welcome a student to shadow an employee for just one or two days, to learn about the company’s products or services. This will give them the opportunity to see for themselves how what they are studying in school relates to the “real world” experience of a manufacturer.
It is our hope that employers who participate in the “shadowing” program will see the student’s potential and go on to offer that student a chance to participate in the summer WBLE program.
About MAGNET’s WBLE Program
Participating employers provide up to 150 hours of work and learning experiences related to the students’ programs of study. These include:
- Electronics & Alternative Energy
- Engineering Technology.
- Precision Machine Technology
- Computer Design and Drafting
By Dan Berry, President and CEO, MAGNET; 2013 Chairman, Edison Centers Directors Council
On March 12, 2013, the Edison Centers Directors Council (ECDC) held a legislative briefing for Ohio legislators at the Statehouse Atrium in Columbus. The purpose was to inform legislators about the work of the Ohio Edison Technology Centers (OETC), showcase the economic impact of that work here in Ohio, and to recognize six of Ohio’s most innovative manufacturers with the annual ECDC Crystal Impact Awards.
Background: The Ohio Edison Technology Center Program
The OETC program was begun in 1984 as one of the state’s very first initiatives to help its manufacturing companies address their survival and growth needs. OETC consists of 285 scientists, engineers, and business experts at six manufacturing assistance centers. Each Center has highly specialized manufacturing, technology, and industry expertise and resources.