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The manufacturing industry has suffered during the economic shutdown caused by the pandemic. A new report from the Institute for Supply Management expects the industry won’t return to pre-recession levels until 2022.

Tarik Yousef runs TY Fine Furniture in Clintonville. But with his store shuttered, Yousef has devoted his time to building a ventilator he hopes can help meet the sudden demand caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

As hospitals seek donations of medical personal protective equipment (PPEs), employees at a local 3D printing business are hoping they can help.

MakerGear in Beachwood, which manufactures 3D printers for schools and businesses across the country, is open to requests from health care providers.

CEO Rick Pollack said the company is preparing to use its in-house printers to make medical protective equipment. They’ve already produced parts for plastic face shields.

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A report from the Commerce Department finds manufacturing’s share of U.S. gross domestic product (GDP) has shrunk to its lowest level in 72 years. Manufacturing made up 11% of GDP in the second quarter. It hasn’t been that small since 1947 and rose to a quarter of the overall economy in the 1960s.   

But an industry advocacy organization says manufacturing remains a central driver of Ohio’s economy. Matthew Fieldman is the vice president of external affairs for the Manufacturing Advocacy and Growth Network (MAGNET) and says the sector is thriving here.   

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Northeast Ohio is facing a labor shortage. That’s according to a report from Team NEO analyzing supply and demand in Northeast Ohio’s labor Market.

Team NEO’s Vice President of Strategy and Research Jacob Duritsky said the demand for health care, nursing and manufacturing jobs outweighs the number of qualified people entering the workforce.

“In those key sectors of the economy, we aren’t pushing enough students out of our programs into those fields where really good opportunity exists,” Duritsky said.


Ohio is outpacing the nation in creating jobs in the food and beverage manufacturing industry. A new report from Team NEO found the industry created 5,000 more jobs for Ohioans since the recession in 2007. Jacob Duritsky is vice president of research and strategy at Team NEO.

“So to have a sub-sector that is adding new jobs is very encouraging. In that growth of 5,000-plus new jobs was at around 28 percent. The U.S. over the same period of time grew about 12 percent,” Duritsky said.

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Northeast Ohio manufacturing could increase dramatically over the next seven years if it embraces the Internet of Things, or IoT.

Industrial IoT is where computer devices are embedded in every step of manufacturing.

The advocacy group, Team NEO, has put together a roadmap for the region, detailing its strengths and weaknesses, with and without IoT.

Jacob Duritsky is the vice president of strategy and research for TeamNEO.

MAGNET Supports Akron Manufacturing With New Office

Aug 31, 2018
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Local manufacturers have easier access to a company that wants to help them grow.

Cleveland-based Manufacturing Advocacy and Growth Network, known as MAGNET, has opened a storefront location in downtown Akron. It’s the company’s first satellite office.

MAGNET offers engineering and consulting to startups and established businesses in 18 Northeast Ohio counties.

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A local nonprofit is organizing a combat robotics competition to get students interested in manufacturing.

The Alliance for Working Together is hosting RoboBots April 28, where robots created by students from school districts in Northeast Ohio will face off.

Executive Director Alice Cable says the event is an effort to push students to consider jobs in manufacturing as a way of addressing the industry’s labor shortage.

Ohio's Manufacturing Gains On the Rise

Feb 16, 2018

A new report on Northeast Ohio manufacturing shows that the region’s output is nearly matching pre-recession levels.

The report, published by Team NEO in partnership with MAGNET, also places the region above the rest of the nation in productivity.

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New data from the Census Bureau's Annual Survey of Manufactures rank Ohio in the top three states for manufacturing employment, behind California and Texas.

The number of Ohioans working in manufacturing has risen each year since the Great Recession ended. Employment peaked in 2015 at about 650,000. Last year it dropped by 10,000. But the state still leads manufacturing employment in the Midwest. Nationally, Ohio ranked 17th in terms of employment growth since 2010. Employment grew 10 percent during that time.


The GOP tax plan isn't done yet, but tax-policy experts are already predicting benefits for Ohio manufacturers.

Economists always hedge a little when it comes to predicting the future. 

Mark Sniderman is a former policy advisor at the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland. What he is willing to say is, “I see some benefits from the tax reform over the next couple of years, but then I see those benefits kind of gradually fading out."


A Northeast Ohio school district is developing a website to connect students with manufacturing jobs in Lake and Geauga counties.

The site, NextWork, allows employers to interact with students by posting job openings and hosting forums to learn more about manufacturing.

Wickliffe Superintendent Joe Spiccia sees the site as a way for students not heading to college to find good-paying jobs.

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A new report by the Brookings Institution shows signs of a slowdown in the auto industry that will likely resound throughout the manufacturing economy. And a map included in the report identifies Northeast Ohio as among the areas that will be hurt.   


Economists say the increase of manufacturing jobs in February’s national jobs report is good news for Ohio. More than 28,000 manufacturing jobs were added nationally, according to the report.


A survey of more than 300 small- and medium-sized Northeast Ohio manufacturers shows a mix of optimism and concern about the regional economy.

The business-climate poll was conducted by the manufacturing advocate organization Magnet. CEO Ethan Karp says nearly 60 percent of the respondents reported optimism and expect to expand. He believes a lot of that confidence stems from the election of President Trump and business owners’ perception of what his proposed polices will mean for them.

The Economic Outlook for Northeast Ohio is Mostly Positive

Dec 27, 2016

Despite some potential soft spots, Northeast Ohio’s economy should see continued improvement in the new year.

Jacob Duritsky is vice president of strategy and research at Team NEO, the region’s economic development organization. He says in 2017, Northeast Ohio’s job growth should continue to follow the upward trend of the past three years. He says the health-care field will remain strong, but there is some concern about the important manufacturing sector.

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An Akron company is bringing 3-D printing to Northeast Ohio on a scale it says is the largest in the world.

By late January, Additive Engineering Solutions should be up-and-running with its large-scale 3-D printer, from Ohio-based Cincinnati, Inc. It's about the size of a single-car garage. In fact, this model printer was used to produce a working automobile at a manufacturing trade show in 2014.

Cleveland Study Looks at 'Big City Problems' Affecting Smaller Ohio Cities

Nov 16, 2016
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A Cleveland-based research group is examining the impact of so-called big city problems on small Ohio towns.

A new report by the Center for Community Solutions finds that smaller towns depend more on shrinking “old-economy jobs” than their urban counterparts.

John Begala authored the study.

Northeast Ohio Manufacturers are Looking for Millennials

Sep 19, 2016
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A new study of Northeast Ohio’s manufacturing sector shows the most common concern of company owners is where they can find skilled workers, especially Millennials.  

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A five-year grant is helping a local manufacturing network create apprenticeship programs in Ohio and Pennsylvania.

The $3 million grant from the Department of Labor was given to the Greater Oh-Penn Apprenticeship Network.

The network will create a model for manufacturing apprenticeships and reimburse local companies who use it.

Jessica Borza, the coordinator of the program, says it will help companies who have doubts about apprenticeships.

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It costs less to do business in Northeast Ohio than most other places in the country. And the regional economic development organization, TeamNEO, says the lower wages, cheaper construction and property costs, and low-priced energy are helping create jobs here.  

The new TeamNEO report finds it costs a business about 10 percent less that the national average to operate here. Vice president of research, Jacob Duritsky, says industrial property cost 33 percent less, and hourly pay is lower.

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A Northeast Ohio manufacturer is being hailed as a model for industrial jobs in the region. Iron Horse Engineering hosted representatives from the Manufacturing Advocacy & Growth Network – or MAGNET -- for a tour of its facility in Parkman. The company makes items such as plastic railroad ties and rubber rail boots to isolate vibration between trains and the surrounding concrete at railroad crossings.