Manufacturing Month

October 2016

Lorain County

LCGP253 (1)To showcase the importance of manufacturing in Lorain County, business, industry, government and education have developed a series of activities for high school students through adults all in the month of October. Events that are scheduled during Manufacturing Month in Lorain County are listed below.

Global Manufacturing Magazine Announces 2016 to be a “Tipping Point” for Manufacturing Technology

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According to the annual Technology Landscape report by US-based software company Citrix, 2016 is set to be a watershed year for manufacturing. the industry is showing signs of reinvention in areas including automation, 3d printing and data analysis, and the next five years looks to be pivotal in realizing this change.

As Guy Bieber, director of strategy and architecture at Citrix explains, “A number of things are going to happen over the next few years as the industry changes. For instance, 3D printing in many materials and simple electronics will enable customization and manufacturing to come closer to the point of consumption, leading to more distributed and custom manufacturing work.”

And here in Lorain County, our manufacturing base continues to change and grow with the ebbs and flows of the world economy. A North Ridgeville manufacturing company recently explained how some of their products are manufactured and exported to China. You read that correctly, Lorain County companies are exporting to China!

Did you know that 95 percent of the worlds customers live outside of the U.S.? If manufactures aren’t exporting, they’re missing out on untapped markets and a whole new world of potentially profitable customers. And when companies enter new markets, they’re exposed to new cultures, buyers and experiences. These engagements can lead to new inspirations as to how manufacturers sell domestically to their primary target audiences. Many manufacturers don’t believe they can export because they’re “too small” or are apprehensive about international regulations. In reality, more than two-thirds of exporters are estimated to have fewer than 20 employees according to

The Lorain County Growth Partnership is again this year proud to promote October as Manufacturing Month. This is the fifth year that the State of Ohio has declared October the month to recognize our local manufacturers and to bring a career in manufacturing as an option to our middle school and high school students and to our transitioning workforce. Members of the LCGP include: The Lorain County Commissioners, the Lorain County Chamber of Commerce, Lorain County Community Development, Lorain County Community College, Lorain County Joint Vocational Schools and Ohio Means Jobs Lorain County. Work for the month long event started soon after our 2015 events ended and we are proud of the plans scheduled to help us highlight our local manufacturing companies. A group of local manufacturers were convened to get input into what and how the month should look, and we received some positive feedback that was instituted this year.

Events for Manufacturing Month will be taking place throughout all of Lorain County

The LCGP continues to partner and collaborate with the business community, our educational institutions and philanthropic organizations to continue to make Lorain County a model community for doing business, and for raising a family, much as we did in the past and will continue to do in the future.

-Tony Gallo, President Lorain County Chamber of Commerce

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Manufacturing Day

Manufacturing Month Kick-Off Event
Friday, October 7
8:30 a.m.
Parker Hannifin Corporation
520 Ternes Lane, Elyria

Register for Manufacturing Month Kick Off

Keynote speaker this year will be Paul Susalla, Corporate Manufacturing Technology Advancement Director for Parker Hannifin.

The Lorain County Growth Partnership’s goal during manufacturing month is to create awareness of manufacturing in Lorain County and to highlight career pathways in manufacturing to local high school students and transitional workers. Our collaboration with businesses and educators gives us an opportunity for open dialogue to understand the skills needed for future employees and allows our schools to show what they are doing to prepare students for the workforce.


2016 Manufacturing Month Calendar of Events:

Tuesday, October 4

  • LCCC Chapter of Women in Engineers presents Careers in STEM
    8:30-11:30 a.m.
    LCCC College Center Commons
    Learn from engineering students and professionals. Try hands-on experiences with the LCCC virtual welding simulator.
    RSVP to Romona Anand at (440) 366-4930 or at
  • Chamber Business After Hours at SBDC at LCCC Desich Center. 5-7 p.m.
    To register visit

Friday, October 7

  • Official National Manufacturing Day MFG Month Kick-off
    See above for more details
  • Student Tour at Beckett Gas – North Ridgeville High School students

Monday, October 10

  • Agrinomix Facility Tour for Guidance Counselors

Wednesday, October 12

  • LCGP and Avon High School host manufacturing discussion for students.
    10-11 a.m.

Thursday, October 13

  • LCGP and Eastern Heights Middle School (Elyria) host manufacturing discussion for students.
    1-2 p.m.

Friday, October 14

  • LCCC Techno Friday.  Nord Advanced Technologies Center for demonstrations in technology labs.
    8 a.m. To 2 p.m.

Tuesday, October 18

  • LCGP and Northwood Middle School (Elyria) host manufacturing discussion for students.
    8:30-10:20 a.m. 

Wednesday, October 19

  • LCGP and Oberlin High School host manufacturing discussion for students.
    10-11 a.m.
  • LCGP and Keystone High School host manufacturing discussion for students.
    1:35-2:25 p.m.

Thursday, October 20

  • LCGP and Elyria High School host manufacturing discussion for students.
    10:30 a.m. To noon.

Friday, October 21

  • LCGP and Durling Middle School (Clearview) host manufacturing discussion for students.
    9-9:50 a.m.

Tuesday, October 25

  • LCGP and Lorain County JVS host manufacturing discussion for students.
    8:30-10 a.m.
    12:30-2 p.m.

Thursday, October 27

  • LCGP and Langston Middle School (Oberlin) host manufacturing discussion for students.
    2:37-3:10 p.m.

Friday, October 28

  • Student Tour at Beckett Gas – Elyria High School students
  • LCCC Techno Friday. Nord Advanced Technologies Center for demonstrations in technology labs.
    8 a.m. To 2 p.m.