THINK Manufacturing: For a BRIGHT Future - Aug 17, 2017
Sandusky County has a broad manufacturing base and a skilled workforce is a major concern to our existing as well as potential new manufacturers. The need to continue to make Sandusky County a great place to do business and addressing our future workforce is essential to keeping our manufacturers in Sandusky County. There is a shortage in skilled trade workers leaving a generational gap in the manufacturing industry. It is crucial to introduce the benefits of working in skilled trades and the options that career path can provide in the employability success of Sandusky County residents.
The Sandusky County Economic Development Corporation (SCEDC) is working on closing this gap that manufacturers are experiencing throughout our area. The SCEDC is currently working with the Manufacturers’ Career Showcase planning committee on the 3rd Annual “THINK Manufacturing” Career Showcase. The “THINK Manufacturing” Career Showcase will be held on October 6 th , 2017 for Sandusky County 9 th grade students at Terra State Community College. The long-term goals of the showcase are to raise awareness of opportunities in the field of advanced manufacturing, to change perceptions about employment in today's manufacturing environment, and to ensure a sufficient supply of talent for the future. Over 1,740 Sandusky County Freshmen have participated in the THINK Manufacturing Career Showcase since 2015. This year we are projected to have another 900 students participate in the event. The students will learn the skill sets of Teamwork, Problem Solving, Continuous
Improvement/Lean/Quality, Manufacturing Career Pathways, Machining Trades/Blue Print Reading, Mechanical/Electrical Trades and Robotics/Automation.
In addition to the “THINK Manufacturing Showcase” we are trying something new with our marketing efforts, and reaching out to the community ‘Before the Movie’. Together the committee secured grant funding to place a 30 second ad that will be shown before every movie played at Paramount Movie Theater in Fremont, OH for an entire year. The ad will be shown on all four screens before each movie totaling 277 times per month, 3,324 a year with an annual attendance of 82,000 people.
Closing the skills and generational skills gap is not something that we can change overnight. However, with Sandusky County leaders working together as a team, we are confident that our efforts will help local Sandusky County residents of all ages learn that there are many career opportunities within manufacturing. In short, when you “THINK Manufacturing”, your future will be BRIGHT!
To learn more about THINK Manufacturing visit the SCEDC website at www.sanduskycountyedc.org and
click on the THINK Manufacturing Tab!
Sandusky County Economic Development Corporation names new Executive Director - July 19, 2017
The Sandusky County Economic Development Corporation (SCEDC) has hired Beth Hannam as the new Executive Director.
“The SCEDC Board of Directors is pleased to have Beth join the organization. We are confident that Beth will bring a positive and new perspective along with many successes to the county,” said Bruce Schrader, SCEDC Board President. “Beth worked for the SCEDC 17 years ago as the Director of Workforce Development. Since that time she has stayed active with the SCEDC as a member of the Sandusky County Economic Development Practitioner’s Group and is extremely involved in the SCEDC’s THINK Manufacturing program. Her experience and energy will be a great asset to the SCEDC and the entire County”.
Hannam will transition into her new role beginning August 2, 2017. As director, Hannam’s responsibilities will include retaining and expanding existing companies, leading efforts to recruit new investment and address workforce development needs while continuing to strategically plan for the future.
Prior to this position, Hannam was the Business & Industry Training Manager at Terra State Community College. Some of her responsibilities included providing workforce training and certificate programs for businesses, facilitating cooperative relationships with outside agencies, developing an annual budget for the Kern Center’s programs and providing the college with
emerging workforce development program information and changes in workforce development policies at the state and local level. Hannam has also served as a volunteer on multiple boards of directors, advisory councils and committees.
Sandusky County Economic Development Corporation (SCEDC) is a non-profit organization that focuses on business retention, business recruitment, green energy and developing technologies for Sandusky County.
Sandusky County Hosts National Economic Development Week Celebration - May 8-13, 2017
Cities nationwide increase awareness of jobs and career development programs that enhance local economic impact
FREMONT, OHIO (MAY 5, 2017) – Sandusky County celebrates Economic Development Week from May 8-13. Economic Development Week was created and is coordinated by The International Economic Development Council. It is being held during the week of the organization’s 91 st anniversary as the largest professional membership organization for economic developers.
Typically economic development can be described in terms of objectives. These most commonly include the creation of jobs and wealth, and the improvement of quality of life. Economic development can also be described as a process that influences growth and restructuring of an economy to enhance the economic well-being of a community.
“We are excited to launch an Economic Development Week campaign in Sandusky County. Included in our 2017 EDW activities will be a Proclamation from the Sandusky County Commissioners declaring May 8-13 Economic Development Week in Sandusky County, Social Media Campaigns on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn that showcases the staff, economic development practitioner’s and some highlights from the past 10 years of Economic Development in Sandusky County. We will also have the
launch of our new website video that focuses on investment in Sandusky County”.
– Andrea Gibson, SCEDC Communications Administrator
2017 will be the second consecutive year Economic Development Week was coordinated by IEDC. More than 75 communities participated in the 2016 campaign. More than 40 members of Congress, county and local elected officials had resolutions and proclamations signed. The Economic Development Administration also issued a statement commemorating Economic
In the broadest sense, economic development encompasses three major areas:
- Policies that government undertakes to meet broad economic objectives including inflation control, high employment and sustainable growth.
- Policies and programs to provide services including building highways, managing parks and providing medical access to the disadvantaged.
- Policies and programs explicitly directed at improving the business climate through specific efforts, business finance, marketing, neighborhood development, business retention and expansion, technology transfer, real estate development and others.
“This national event helps communities recognize economic development practitioners and shed light on their programs and their role in stimulating job creation by businesses in their community. This program helps us all share information on two priorities; informing community leaders about the value of economic development, and ensuring that everyone in our communities have the
opportunity to succeed through access to a good job.” -F. Michael Langley FM, CEO, Greater MSP, Minneapolis – St. Paul, MN, IEDC 2017 Board Chair.
“I am pleased to see and participate in a second consecutive Economic Development Week national campaign. Last year’s response from cities communities was admirable, as community local and regional leaders partnered to showcase their city’s community’s projects and programs.” – Barry Matherly, CEcD, FM, HLM, President of the Greater Richmond Partnership, IEDC’s 2016 Board Chair, and initiator of the first Economic Development Week.
To learn more about Economic Development Week, visit IEDC online at www.iedconline.org/edw.
About the Sandusky County Economic Development Corporation
Sandusky County Economic Development Corporation (SCEDC) is a non-profit organization that focuses on business retention, business recruitment and developing technologies for Sandusky County.
About Economic Development Week: Economic Development Week is an event created by the International Economic Development Council to celebrate the achievements of economic developers. The event will occur for the second time May 8-13, 2017.
About the International Economic Development Council
The International Economic Development Council (IEDC) is a non-profit membership organization serving economic developers. With more than 5,000 members, IEDC is the largest organization of its kind. Economic developers promote economic well-being and quality of life for their communities, by creating, retaining and expanding jobs that facilitate growth, enhance wealth and provide a stable tax base. From public to private, rural to urban, and local to international, IEDC’s members are engaged in
the full range of economic development.
THINK Manufacturing: Planning for the Future
FREMONT– Sandusky County Economic Development Corporation (SCEDC) has been working on two main projects that focus on bringing manufacturing jobs to Sandusky County and also close the skills gap.
A reshoring initiative was started as a long term program to target 44 companies in Ohio and the surrounding states that have been identified as having plastic-related supplier needs. An initiative has been in place to contact these companies and work with them to eliminate their supplier in Mexico and replace it with a supplier in Sandusky County or in the region if this is a better alternative for the business. Kay E. Reiter, Executive Director of SCEDC stated “The United States continues to lose manufacturing jobs to offshore plants. Our plans are to connect companies with other manufacturers that are closer to them. This reduces the time needed to respond to changes in demand by having manufacturers in close proximity”.
The 2015 touchpoint is to send a Sandusky County Chamber of Commerce AG pack that is made in Sandusky County, to the 44 identified companies. Following these deliveries will be a focus on face-to-face meetings with those targeted manufacturers with a plastic supplier need.
The SCEDC is also working on closing the skills and generational gap that faces manufacturers throughout our area. A Manufacturers’ Career Showcase event was held on October 2, 2015. This event offered instruction in the seven skill-sets that manufacturers said they were looking for in their employees. Seven different local Sandusky County schools participated in the event, and in total 825+ ninth grade students attended the Manufacturers’ Career Showcase. The seven skill-sets were teamwork/problem-solving, continuous improvement/Lean, employability, continuous learning, mechanical/electrical trades, machining trades/blue print reading, and robotics.
Local representatives shared with students how basic workplace skills will help them succeed in an innovative, yet highly technical industry, and reacquaint youth with the process of designing and building products, through hands-on activities. In addition, the event educated attendees about the varied career opportunities that are available to them in manufacturing.
The 1st Annual Manufacturers’ Career Showcase event was a collaboration of local manufacturers, educators, economic development professionals, the workforce investment system, and community organizations. They came together to address workforce shortages in the industry, while providing career exposure opportunities for youth.
“There is a shortage in skilled trade workers that is leaving a generational gap in the manufacturing industry. We need to introduce the benefits of working in the skilled trades NOW, and let this generation know that they have options” Reiter said. The long-term goals of the Sandusky County Manufacturers’ Career Showcase is to raise awareness of opportunities in the field of advanced manufacturing, to change perceptions about employment in today’s manufacturing environment, and to ensure a sufficient supply of talent for the future. In short, to “THINK Manufacturing”.
For more information contact Sandusky County Economic Development Corporation at 419.332.2882 or visit their website at www.sanduskycountyedc.net.
SCEDC Hosts the 1st Annual Manufacturers' Career Showcase Event for Local 9th Grade Students
FREMONT – Sandusky County Economic Development Corporation (SCEDC); a non-profit organization that focuses on business retention, business recruitment, green energy and developing technologies for Sandusky County, hosted a Manufacturers’ Career Showcase event on Friday, October 2nd for approximately 825 local ninth grade students from St. Joseph Central Catholic, Temple Christian, Fremont, Lakota, Clyde, Bellevue, and Gibsonburg School Districts.
Over three years ago, the SCEDC pulled together a team of local manufacturers, educators, and countywide service agencies to begin addressing the workforce needs for the manufacturing community of Sandusky County. As the planning group began to organize, thirteen common skill-sets were identified as necessary for manufacturing today and into the future. From there the SCEDC hosted two manufacturing bus tours, October 2013 and October 2014, for the eight Sandusky County High Schools’ guidance counselors, principals, and superintendents. After the 2014 bus tour, our planning group heard back from the schools that we needed to start focusing on the 9th grade student population.
The planning committee for the Manufacturing Career Showcase event is a collaboration of local manufacturers, educators, economic development professionals, the workforce investment system, and community organizations that are coming together to address workforce shortages in the industry, while providing career exposure opportunities for youth. The long-term goals of the Sandusky County Manufacturer Career Showcase is to raise awareness of opportunities in the field of advanced manufacturing, to change perceptions about employment in today’s manufacturing environment, and to ensure a sufficient supply of talent for the future.
The Manufacturers’ Career Showcase event featured seven skill-sets that included teamwork/problem-solving, continuous improvement/Lean, employability, continuous learning, mechanical/electrical trades, machining trades/blue print reading, and robotics. Local representatives shared with students how basic workplace skills will help them succeed in an innovative, yet highly technical industry, and reacquaint youth with the process of designing and building products, through hands-on activities. In addition, the event educated attendees about the varied career opportunities that are available to them in manufacturing.
The day was broken into two separate sessions with Fremont, Lakota and Temple Christian attending the morning session and Bellevue, Clyde, Gibsonburg and SJCC attending the afternoon session. All of the students were provided lunch from Ole Zims. The manufacturers and businesses that attended the event include Mitsubishi, Revere Plastics, Style Crest, ABC Inoac, Whirlpool, Alkon, Ohio Means Jobs, Kelly Services, Time Staffing, WSOS, Crown Battery, Century Die, Freeman, Green Bay Packaging, Motion Controls and Terra State Community College. There were approximately 70 volunteers from local businesses and organizations who helped throughout the day as well. The Cuyahoga Group catered breakfast and lunch for all of the manufacturers, business representatives, volunteers, and school personnel that attended the event.
The event was held at Terra State Community College, and was funded through WSOS Community Action Commission, Inc., Terra State Community College, Fremont Federal Credit Union, Crown Battery, The Bellevue Hospital, United Way of Sandusky County, U.S. Bank, AEP Ohio and Sandusky County Manufacturing Career Showcase Committee Members. The Toledo Walleyes donated a family pass, of 4 tickets and a $20 food voucher, to 1 student from each participating school district and Crown Battery generously donated 1 laptop that will be raffled off to 1 lucky 9th Grade winner after the students have completed a follow up survey of the event.
Fremont News Messenger - Showcase Teaches New Skills October 2, 2015
FREMONT — With the number of open skilled trade positions on the rise, 900 area freshmen got a firsthand look at what to expect if they decide to enter the manufacturing workforce after high school.
As colleges raise tuition, some students struggle with the decision of whether to attend college or get a job after graduation. Several area manufacturers visited Terra State Community College on Friday during National Manufacturing Showcase to demonstrate how students can learn a skilled trade and earn high wages.
One manufacturing company, Whirlpool Inc., used the showcase to examine job options in maintenance repair and electrical work.
“There is a shortage in skill trade workers,” Whirlpool electrician Lori Gullett said.
Alexis Flores, a freshman at Ross High School, said she is interested in skilled trade work when she graduates.
“I like putting stuff together,” Flores said.
One of the benefits of working at Whirlpool is the chance to earn save money by having tools and financial assistance to attend trade school to work at Whirlpool, presenters said.
“We have about 80 in our program. Half of those are set to retire in 10 years,” Whirlpool maintenance mechanic Ben Weiland said. “There is no better opportunity than a guaranteed job.”
If maintenance work was not an attendee’s preference, Green Bay Packing, 2323 Commerce Drive in Fremont, is celebrating 50 years by offering students a look at problem solving, packaging and labeling.
To work at Green Bay Packing, a high school graduate must be able to examine a blueprint and fill in the missing lines.
“Since what we do is depedant on diagrams, we brought a diagram in for the students to find missing lines and then make the box. That is the same thing we do on a day-to-day basis,” Tamara Fry said. “The whole gist is blueprint reading, knowing how to measure and understanding how to cut and reading the blueprint to know how to fold it directly.”
Fry added: “You can get a job without going to college.”
Plans under way for National Manufacturing Showcase
FREMONT — Sandusky County Economic Development Corp. will be holding a Manufacturing Career Showcase on Oct. 2 for approximately 900 local ninth-grade students.
School districts participating are St. Joseph Central Catholic, Harvest, Fremont, Lakota, Clyde, Bellevue and Gibsonburg. The planning committee for this event is a collaboration of local manufacturers, educators, economic development professionals, the workforce investment system, and community organizations.
The event will be at Terra State Community College, and is being funded through WSOS Community Action Commission, Inc., Terra State Community College, Fremont Federal Credit Union, Crown Battery, The Bellevue Hospital, United Way of Sandusky County, U.S. Bank and Sandusky County Manufacturing Career Showcase Committee Members.
For more information contact Kay Reiter, SCEDC Executive Director, at 419- 332-2882
Toledo Business Journal Article on Shortage of Skilled Workers
Whirlpool Shifts Some Production to U.S. From Mexico - WSJ.com
Fremont News Messenger 11-5-2013
FREMONT — Telamon Construction workers spent Monday afternoon re-pouring the floor in a Freeman Company facility as a part of the company’s $4.2 million investment in the plant.
Workers dismantled portions of the facility floor to create a stable foundation for a new machine. That new floor is the first of a two-phase addition Freeman Company COO Mike Mullholand said should create nearly a dozen jobs over a three-year period and allow for the installation of new machines in the future.
“We currently have capabilities that will rival anyone else in our industry,” Mullholand said. “This addition will make us more competitive and open up new business opportunities.”
The new machine, called a Yasda jig boring machine, is used to drill and bore holes through large plates of steel and aluminum with exacting positional and size accuracy down to 1/10,000th of an inch.
“The foundation has to be solid so it can maintain that accuracy,” Mullholand said.
The COO said the construction project involved 325 yards of concrete, more than 30 cement trucks and created demand for construction work in the area.
Freeman Company is a manufacturing company that specializes in designing and building thermoform tooling for the food service and packaging industry. The company started in 1892 but moved to the area in the 1970s, Mullholand said.
News Messenger 9-4-13
FREMONT — The Sandusky County Economic Development Corporation is receiving a Local Economic Assistance Program grant of $5,000 awarded by AEP Ohio. The grant will help the SCEDC with a unique initiative to restore jobs to Sandusky County.
“We very much appreciate the support of AEP Ohio for this project” said Kay E. Reiter, SCEDC executive director. “This project will support economic development efforts in Sandusky County.”
AEP Ohio’s LEAP grants support projects that promote the retention and attraction of manufacturing jobs and investment. Examples of acceptable programs and projects are retention and expansion surveys, site feasibility studies, retaining existing industries, attracting new industries, conducting special studies, performing research and other creative uses.
Grant projects must leverage additional funds from other sources, demonstrate joint participation from more than one group and provide benefits to an area or region, according to AEP Ohio program guidelines.
The company awards grants of up to $10,000 for eligible projects.
“We are pleased to be able to provide financial support to help facilitate economic development projects that help to bring jobs and prosperity to local communities,” said Pablo Vegas, AEP Ohio president and chief operating officer.
SANDUSKY COUNTY LAUNCHES NEW WEBSITE
FREMONT — Sandusky County Economic Development Corporation has a new online home that was created with input from local site selectors, the professionals who serve as an intermediary between communities and companies seeking a place to expand or relocate their business.
Kay Reiter, the group’s executive director, said the process to update the website began about one year ago. Reiter said the new version of the site, which can be found at www.sanduskycountyedc. net, went live last week.
“A lot of work went into this,” Reiter said.
Initially, she said, the Ohio Business Development Coalition reviewed the old website and said issues that needed to be addressed included search-engine optimization and the number of clicks required to access certain portions of the site.
“They told us there were too many clicks to get into things,” Reiter said.
Site selectors based in Cleveland and Detroit were then brought in, with help from Toledo’s Regional Growth Partnership, and met with the development corporation’s marketing committee.
“From there, it actually became a much bigger project,” Reiter said. “They told us we needed to tell our local story better.”
To do that, she said, the committee awarded a web design contract to Fremont-based WAMH Design, LLC. and settled on several changes to how the site was set up.
The new home page, titled “A Can-Do County in a Can-Do State,” features a slide show of local businesses that have been involved in recent EDC projects.
Other new features, suggested by the site selectors — who are key users for the corporation’s website — include quick access to available sites, educational information, incentives and a profile of the county’s workforce.
Reiter said many of the new website’s features also will be advantageous to current county businesses, such as a supply chain search engine that can help businesses find the best source for raw materials and product components.
“That’s a link that our existing companies can use too,” she said.
The search engine optimization issues also were addressed, and all information on the site can now be reached within two clicks of the mouse, Reiter said.
She said the EDC paid for the cost of the new website, less than $5,000, out of its 2011 budget and plans to seek full reimbursement through JobsOhio funds available for that purpose.
WAMH Design will provide continual maintenance of the site, Reiter said.