MAGNET: The Manufacturing Advocacy and Growth Network, An Ohio MEP Affiliate

MAGNET is a non-profit consulting group focused on growing Northeast Ohio's manufacturing industry to unlock prosperity in our region. Our practical consulting helps start-ups thrive and small- and medium-sized companies transform with technology, innovation and talent. We create jobs and drive change by collaborating with manufacturing CEOs, governments, community leaders and educators to solve problems and build opportunities. MAGNET is part of the NIST and Ohio Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) program to support small and medium manufacturers across the US.

MAGNET’s industry-specific engineering, strategic growth, and go-to-market expertise help manufacturers achieve excellence in products and processes. From market research and product introductions to lean operations and sales management, MAGNET Growth Advisors work hand-in-hand with your organization to achieve growth goals.  When you work with MAGNET, you gain instant access to resources well beyond our 40-person team. The MAGNET partner network connects Ohio manufacturers with experts across almost every area of manufacturing—and creates uncommon success for our clients.

Welcome to MAGNET East Conference Room - A partnership between YWRC and MAGNET

Since 2016, the Regional Chamber and Cleveland-based MAGNET have partnered to offer growth opportunities to manufacturers in Mahoning and Trumbull counties. Through the partnership, MAGNET has worked with several companies in the region in a variety of ways. The new MAGNET East Conference Room, located within the Regional Chamber's Youngstown office, offers a local meeting place for even more companies to take advantage of MAGNET's resources.

Excellence in Manufacturing Awards

Now in its sixth year, the Regional Chamber and MAGNET have honored Valley Manufacturers with the annual Excellence in Manufacturing Award. This prestigious award focuses on a company's longevity in business, growth, product or workforce innovation and achievement.  Presented at the Economic Forecast Breakfast in November, the award highlights companies who have excelled in overcoming obstacles, accessing new markets, achieving growth or improving efficiency.

Award Recipients:

2017 - Boardman Molded Products
2018 - Haltec Corporation
2019 - Quality Switch
2020 - Panelmatic Building Solutions
2021 - Commercial Metal Forming
2022 - Schaefer Equipment, A WABTEC Company

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