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 10 years.
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 manufacturing landscape.
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.
RW Screw 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.
HGR 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 careers available.
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 County.
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.