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4:39pm EDT February 16, 2011

Smart Business Evolution of ManufacturingWhat does the road ahead look like for Northeast Ohio manufacturers?

If the past few years are any indication, we’re probably in for more of the same: Tighter supply chains, leaner organizations, greater pressure from globalization, more emphasis on innovation and sustainability, and a focus on customer service.

However, competing today, as well as in the future, requires much more. It requires a systematic change in the mindset, which recognizes that the business models that worked yesterday may no longer be relevant and the operational and delivery systems currently in place should be constantly tested and re-evaluated for efficacy.

Customers today are looking wherever they can to find greater value in their business relationships, and anything manufacturers do to meet those goals will mean the difference between success and failure.

Only one thing is certain these days — if you’re not adapting to the changes, your business has probably begun its march toward obsolescence.

The 2011 Evolution of Manufacturing honorees, whose stories you will read on the following pages, have demonstrated the ability to navigate their organizations well and better position themselves to take advantage of new opportunities for success.

Later this month, we invite you to join us at the 2011 Evolution of Manufacturing Conference at Hyland Software, where you can learn more from these companies as well as participate in a town-hall-style discussion with three dynamic business leaders from General Electric, Tremco Inc. and Sandridge Foods. They’ll discuss how they’ve positioned their own organizations for the future and the ways in which you might consider thinking about positioning your own company, no matter what industry you’re in.

Congratulations to our honorees, and we hope to see you at the event on February 17th.