Issue 24 • February 2012


February 14 - 15, 2012
Inaugural Manufacturing Expo
at The Galleria at Erieview, 1301 East 9th Street Cleveland, OH 44114

April 28, 2012
2012 AWT RoboBot Competition
at Lakeland Community College

May 5 - 6, 2012
NRL National Competition
at Circle Centre Mall, Indianapolis, IN


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Greater Cleveland manufacturers testing new strategies to fight skills gap

CLEVELAND, Ohio -- On the shop floor at Astro Manufacturing & Design last week, David Slamic guided an electrode wire across a slim, smoldering block of steel, shaping a precision part that will go into a surgical device for the Cleveland Clinic. Then he wiped his hands on an oily rag and beamed like a toymaker. MORE INFO...

An Analysis of Manufacturing in the 2012 State of the Union Address

To have the President more than double mentions of manufacturing than has been said in the last 11 years, means our message has reached the top of government. This is the most important speech any politician delivers each year, with an estimated 50 million viewers and lays out the President’s priorities for the year, which clearly includes manufacturing. MORE INFO...

We here in Northeast Ohio are not alone: Marketing campaign aims to recruit factory workers

·Jan. 25, 2012

The Waukesha County Business Alliance said Wednesday that it has selected Scheibel Halaska as the agency to design and implement Wisconsin's "Dream it. Do it." manufacturing career-building initiative. "Dream it. Do it." is a national recruitment strategy sponsored by the National Association of Manufacturers."The campaign is designed to re-brand the manufacturing industry as an industry providing high-paying, high-quality careers," the WCBA said in an emailed statement.The campaign is targeted at young people ages 17 to 27.

Wisconsin will be the 20th region nationally to implement the program after a statewide license was secured by the Wisconsin Technical College System.Manufacturers in the state have repeatedly said that finding qualified workers with the skills needed to operate complex, computer-controlled machinery is the top business challenge they face. The initiative will first be implemented in the Milwaukee 7 economic development region, with the WCBA leading the program. Eventually, the program will be unveiled statewide. "The region will serve as a successful foundation for a statewide adoption in subsequent phases of the initiative," according to the statement.The program will begin with the development and launch of a careers website."A foundational element of the website will be tools and resources to support area manufacturers in becoming better at attracting, retaining and engaging next generation workers," according to the statement.The Waukesha County Business Alliance is a countywide chamber of commerce with over 900 member companies, representing more than 60,000 employees.

Manufacturing requires fresh approach

We have a cultural memory of the days when factories employed thousands of relatively low-skilled workers and provided them with relatively high wages. But these are not those days, and the recession has put them further behind us because, to survive, companies must increase their efficiencies. MORE INFO...

In search of bright blue collars: Highlighting Astro Manufacturing

A former customer service representative, Dus Gray, 33, lacked mechanical skills when he came to Astro Manufacturing four years ago. But an aptitude for math helps him to program and run computer driven lathes. He's polishing a piston liner for a torpedo. MORE INFO...


Companies seek skilled workers through Alliance for Working Together (video)

Many of the area’s largest manufacturers were on hand at the annual meeting for the Alliance for Working Together at Lakeland Community College’s Holden University Center. MORE INFO...


Congratulations to the AWT "Manufacturing Needs You"Student Video Contest Winners!

1st Place- Mentor High School Team 3 with Astro Manufacturing

2nd Place- Perry High School with Lubrizol

3rd Place- Mentor High School Team 1 with US Endoscopy

Thank you to the participating companies, schools and parents involved in making this contest such a success. We are looking forward to next years competition!

Please Welcome New AWT Member Criterion Tool & Die, Inc.
Experience Criterion's... "Vision Of Excellence!"

Criterion is a precision machine shop that specializes in CNC Milling, Turning and Swiss Turning to tolerances of +/- .0002. Providing our partners in the medical, aerospace, electronic and commercial industries with quality precision components in prototype through production quantities.

Over 132 years of combined technical experience in precision-machining gives Criterion's machinists the ability to solve your most demanding machining requirements.

To ensure that you receive quality parts, our manufacturing is ISO 9001:2008 certified and in compliance with GMP standards

Criterion Tool & Die/Criterion Instrument
5349 W. 161st Street
Brook Park, OH 44142

Local Whiz Kid: David Schellenberg uses the AWT RoboBot competition to confirm his dream of pursuing a career in engineering!

The Alliance for Working Together's RoboBots is a competition designed to spark an interest in engineering and manufacturing among participating students. Teams build robots and are given the materials they need to do so. Each team is also provided a kit to get them started and free use of nearby manufacturing facilities that participate in the tournament to build the robot. MORE INFO...


Fabtech Canada 2012 to Include Presentation by Roll-Kraft Vice President of Tube Mill Engineering

This presentation is tailored to address and strengthen the "weak links" in the mill operations in regard to proper tube and pipe mill set up. Problems and Solutions will be outlined throughout the presentation in the major sections of forming, welding and sizing sections.


US Endoscopy unveils new product

US Endoscopy has announced the full-market release of its Torrent irrigation tubing system.

The Torrent tubing, a trademarked product, is a two-part system consisting of 24-hour irrigation tubing and a single-use endoscope connector.

The irrigation tubing is used in conjunction with an electric water pump and endoscope to provide irrigation during gastrointestinal endoscopic procedures. The disposable Torrent tubing and single-use scope connector protect patients from potential cross-contamination.

“With infection control concerns still growing in the GI market, many facilities are moving toward a disposable alternative,” says Gulam Khan, US Endoscopy CEO, president and co-chairman. “The Torrent irrigation tubing helps support infection control efforts while saving time and costs associated with reprocessing reusable tubing.”

US Endoscopy, based in Mentor, designs and manufactures endoscopy devices for the U.S. and international markets.

By News-Herald staff



AWT Student Tours Are Making An Impact!

Recently a student group visited Astro Manufacturing for a company tour and lunch with Rich Peterson. Thank you Rich for continuing to take great strides in promoting careers in manufacturing to our future workforce.

Attached is the response Rich received from the participating school! MORE INFO...

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