Continuous Improvement: We Needed More Than Lean to Succeed

Thu, Mar 23, 2017 11:30 AM – 1:30 PM

Embassy Suites Cleveland - Rockside

Kent Elastomer Products adopted Lean in 2006 which evolved into our culture of Continuous Improvement. Along the way, we learned that we needed more than Lean to improve. As we became better as a company, we needed to give our managing staff tools to improve as well. Communication and leadership skills are equally as important for a company to flourish. We couldn't expect our employees to grow if we did not improve as managers. This is the story of our evolution as a company and how we learned to trust and work with each other in the process.

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Manufacturing HR Roundtable Series

Thu, Apr 6, 2017 7:30 AM – 9:30 AM


WIRE-Net's HR Roundtable Series provides a unique opportunity to come together with peers and an expert to share experiences, expertise, and learn about the unique issues and challenges faced by manufacturing human resource professionals. Each session has its own focus, but we encourage you to bring your challenges and get up-to-date information from people who can speak your language and share your pain.

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OSHA Enforcement Update: Direct from the Director

Thu, Apr 6, 2017 8:00 AM – 10:00 AM

Cuyahoga Community College, Advanced Technology Training Center

Learn about OSHA's enforcement priorities, the currently most cited standards, and how to receive free safety and health assistance for your business. One of the newer requirements regarding recordkeeping includes reporting injury and illness data directly to OSHA. Another new rule on Walking-Working Surfaces and Personal Fall Protection Systems will keep workers safer and provide greater flexibility for employers in General Industry. It is important to learn about your responsibilities to provide a safe and healthful workplace for your employees.

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Managing Risk: Safeguarding Your Company from the Unexpected

Fri, Apr 7, 2017 8:30 AM – 10:30 AM


In business, the unexpected can occur at any time. And, as you’ll hear, sometimes does. Without preparation, surprises can cause disaster for owners—including loss of the company. For owners and executives who want to safeguard their investments, this new WIRE-Net program teaches you a concise, proven process and guides you in the creation of customized plans to combat key threats to your business.

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Plant Tour: The Technology House - 3-D Printing and Rapid Prototyping

Tue, Apr 11, 2017 8:00 AM – 10:00 AM

The Technology House

The Technology House (TTH) started in 1996 as one of the first Rapid Prototyping service bureau, years before 3D printing or Additive Manufacturing became popular with the masses. Over the next 20 years, TTH evolved into a full-service contract manufacturer with the ability to take an idea from design to prototype to final product all under one roof with their sister production company Sea Air Space Machining & Molding, which is ISO certified in Aerospace and Medical. Now, TTH is able to support full projects using multiple advanced manufacturing technologies of Additive Manufacturing, Cast Urethane Molding, Injection Tooling & Molding, EDM Machining, CNC Milling, CNC Turning, and CNC 5-Axis Machining. These technologies are used across all industries from Medical and Aerospace to Consumer Goods and Industrial Equipment. In helping to bridge the gap from prototype to production, TTH became a beta-site for a brand new Additive Manufacturing technology from Carbon called CLIP. Carbon's CLIP technology is pushing the industry closer to Rapid Manufacturing with printing isotropic parts in engineering grade polyurethane materials. TTH continues to push manufacturing forward with machines like this making complex final production parts without restrictions from design.

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Your Path to Operational Excellence: Learners Group for Strategic Leaders

Tue, Apr 11, 2017 8:30 AM – 11:30 AM


This is a unique opportunity to grow your business. Rebecca Morgan provides high quality, tough no-nonsense coaching. Programs like this are typically priced by Rebecca at $25,000 or more, but WIRE-Net leaders and their staffs can benefit from five sessions of Rebecca's coaching and consulting for only $5,000. Series is limited to the first 10 companies registered.

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2017 Annual Meeting

Tue, Apr 25, 2017 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM

The Renaissance Hotel Grand Ballroom

Join WIRE-Net's 370 Members for our Annual Meeting luncheon, presented by PNC Bank. Connect with leaders who understand the importance of manufacturing to our region. Honor manufacturing companies that have a positive impact on Cleveland and Northeast Ohio and will be receiving our Mission Builder Award.

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Safety Roundtable Series

Thu, Apr 27, 2017 7:00 AM – 9:30 AM


Our Safety Roundtable Series provides a unique opportunity to come together with peers and an expert to share experiences, expertise, and learn what you don't know about manufacturing safety. Discuss safety topics and find solutions to your safety-related issues to prepare for your next OSHA visit and save on violation costs. Each session has its own focus, but we encourage you to bring your challenges and request relevant information for your company. You will receive a certificate showing the topics and total number of hours you attended.

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Race to the MAX!

Sat, May 13, 2017 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Max S. Hayes High School

Race to the MAX! is a 5K race and one mile fun walk aimed at raising awareness of WIRE-Net's School-to-Career programs at Max S. Hayes Career & Technical High School.

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