All you need to do is look around to realize that the world is changing at a pace faster than anyone could have imagined. Every day, competition increases and the rules of engagement are rewritten. Keeping up with the Joneses is no longer enough to ensure survival.
Those manufacturers that understand how to remain in a state of constant adaptation have learned that this may be the only true key to thriving in the new economic realities of the global economy.
In the links below, we highlight 17 manufacturers that have taken steps to get ahead of change and forge their own paths. These award winners, honorable mentions and panelists for the 2013 Evolution of Manufacturing Conference, presented by Cuyahoga Community College, are truly setting the pace for others in this region. And we even identified a handful of companies that were engaged in initiatives “of note” to tell you about.
The conference is designed to recognize and showcase manufacturers and technology companies that have adapted to competition in a global economy through improved operations, new technologies, products or services. The 2013 program focuses on the continued evolution to advanced manufacturing with a focus on breakthrough concepts, transforming old-line manufacturers into high-tech manufacturers and what it takes to remain competitive and relevant in a new manufacturing age.
This year marks the 14th year of this annual event. This year’s honorees are culled from an extensive nomination and selection process which began in early fall and ended in early December.
Congratulations to the honorees and honorable mentions.
Click the links below to read the individual profiles for all of this year's honorees.
2013 Evolution of Manufacturing - Panalists
Tom Salpietra, president and COO, EYE Lighting International
Eric Lofquist, president and CEO, Magnus International Group
Suzy Remer, owner and CEO, Midwest Box Co.
2013 Evolution of Manufacturing - Winners
- ArtiFlex Manufacturing LLC
- R.W. Beckett Corp.
- H.C. Starck Inc.
- RBB Systems
- Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics
- Superior Products LLC
- Visual Marking Systems Inc.
- Voss Industries Inc.
2013 Evolution of Manufacturing - Honorable Mentions
2013 Evolution of Manufacturing - Manufactures "Of Note"
2013 Evolution of Manufacturing - Sponsors