Local colleges sign agreements with manufacturers to boost jobs

CLEVELAND - The Manufacturing Advocacy & Growth Network (MAGNET) announced it has signed cooperative agreements with Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland State University, Lorain County Community College and the University of Akron that is designed to enable small to mid-size manufacturers in Northeast Ohio to gain easier access to the research capabilities, hard assets and world class knowledge and technological capabilities based at those four higher education institutions. 

The agreements commit these organizations to work cooperatively and jointly to further economic development in the region by helping manufacturers in northeast Ohio pursue growth strategies through innovation.

In the short term, the collaborations will focus on advancing a MAGNET initiative called PRISM, the Partnership for Regional Innovation Services to Manufacturers. "PRISM is designed to assist small to medium size manufacturers grow and create jobs by helping them take full advantage of the many assets and resources in the region, such as the knowledge, assets and power of the four schools here today who have signed on to partner with MAGNET's PRISM program," said MAGNET President and Chief Executive Officer Daniel E. Berry.

Over the longer term, the organizations will work together and with others to shape a regional strategy for making northeast Ohio a recognized center of excellence in manufacturing innovation.

According to experts there are thousands of open manufacturing jobs in Ohio including at Jergens, Inc and Lincoln Electric. These are high tech manufacturing jobs.

"They take a whole different level skill, a lot of automation involved, people used to do work by muscle and brawn, now they are doing it by brain power," said CEO of Lincoln Electric, John Stropki.

Manufacturing jobs in Ohio are listed here https://ohiomeansjobs.com/omj/

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