Business partners make home furnishings using wood and metal

Stimpson table by Railside Creationsworktable bench by Railside Creations

(Courtesy of Guest Blogger Alan Maslar, co-owner, Railside Creations)

Railside Creations, opened in early 2016 by friends Alan Maslar and Chuck Schilling, makes unique furniture pieces and home accessories using wood and metal. Their inspiration comes from classic and modern designs, as well as the natural beauty in wood itself. Maslar had previously been a woodworker for local custom shops where he made a wide variety of furniture, cabinets, and millwork for luxury residences. Exotic woods, veneers, and radius work are some of his specialties. Schilling was employed by the City of Mentor to make exhibits and displays for fairs and Mentor CityFest, while building musical instruments as a hobby on the side. The lack of their individual creativity in their previous jobs motivated them to move and start on their own.

Their vision and approach leads the duo to brainstorming sessions and some design-on-the-fly situations. Many of their pieces are created utilizing re-purposed equipment from HGR Industrial Surplus. Newer technologies, such as AutoCAD and CNC machining also are used by Railside. For several years, their thought process has naturally been aligned with those individuals who have been a part of the Makers Movement, whether Alan and Chuck knew it or not. Using parts and processes different than their intent definitely drives both of these guys in a lot of what they do. In addition to their in-house designed pieces, they also work with customers to help bring their visions to reality.

Maslar and Schilling make sure a trip to HGR is at minimum a monthly excursion. The items they purchase are not usually what you would expect from a couple of woodworkers. “The stock is constantly changing and some pieces just jump out at you as great platforms to build ideas around. We bought an old riveting machine and components from it were the foundation for several pieces of furniture we’ve made. The vast rotating inventory and low prices keep us coming back.” HGR is a great place to outfit most any manufacturing facility; the guys at Railside see it as a place for materials and inspiration.

To view and purchase items made by Railside Creations, visit www.railsidecreations.com, or visit them on Facebook.

Riveter purchased at HGR Industrial Surplus
Riveter purchased at HGR

HGR open May 28

Memorial Day papawer

Although we are closed on Memorial Day to remember those who died while serving in our armed forces, we will be open on Saturday, May 28 during our normal business hours of 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. Please have a safe Memorial Day Weekend.

Watter tipe werkgewer HGR? werknemer vlog

Om ons reeks oor voortgaan "Watter soort werkgewer HGR," het ons besluit om jou te laat dit direk van ons meer onlangse asook langdurige werknemers hoor van regoor die land in 'n verskeidenheid van posisies in die hele organisasie. Hier is wat hulle te sê gehad het oor hoekom hulle aangesluit en waarom hulle bly, Unscripted en uit die vuis:

Wat is dit soos waar jy werk? Wat is jou ideale werksomgewing? Wat is die beste ervaring wat jy ooit op een van jou poste gehad?

Top 3 reasons manufacturers should use inbound marketing to drive leads

Man and woman working at computer station

(Courtesy of Guest Blogger Jennifer Ristic, vice president, content, Point To Point)

Industrial manufacturers often discuss the need to use marketing to help increase sales, yet most never pull the trigger.

Gone are the days of winning business strictly through personal relationships or using traditional marketing tactics like high-priced advertisements in trade publications to capture the attention of prospective customers. Today, buyers are in control more than ever, which requires manufacturers to engage with them on the buyers’ terms.

As a B2B marketing agency focused on industrial manufacturing, we’ve found that taking an inbound marketing approach is the most effective ways for a manufacturer to generate qualified sales leads.

According to HubSpot, inbound marketing “focuses on creating quality content that pulls people toward your company and product, where they naturally want to be. By aligning the content you publish with your customer’s interests, you naturally attract inbound traffic that you can then convert, close and delight over time.”

It’s all about ensuring your business can be found easily online, which is accomplished through a blend of content marketing, search engine optimization (SEO), social media, and marketing automation. These efforts, when used in the right way, will turn website traffic into leads and qualified leads into customers.

Here are the top three reasons manufacturers should use inbound marketing:

  1. Your prospective customers already are online researching solutions for their business problems every day. If you’re not there, your competitors are.
  2. There’s no better way to build your credibility and thought leadership than by showcasing what you know. Doing so will earn your audience’s trust while naturally positioning your company’s products as best-in-class.
  3. Qualified leads coming from your website have a higher likelihood to close and become new customers than having your sales team “smile and dial” down a list of purchased contacts.

Because inbound marketing is about attracting – not interrupting – your target market, the more valuable the content, the more engaged your audience will be and the more they will share their information. Building great content, disseminating it via the right mix of marketing communications vehicles and measuring the impact via marketing automation tools will drive real business results for manufacturers who understand the power of marketing.

Point To Point is a premier B2B digital marketing agency focused on accelerating growth through more intelligent customer interactions driven by deep customer insights and data. As a trusted advisor to clients, the company’s cross-functional team brings a unique combination of strategic guidance, creative brilliance, technology innovation and delivery excellence to manage the change and resources to achieve success. For more information, visit www.PointToPoint.com.

What do Elvis, Jimmy Stewart, John Lennon and Fred Astaire have in common?

Elvis Presley accordionJimmy Stewart AccordionJohn LennonFred Astaire accordion

They all played the accordion! And, so do many folks in Cleveland. What style of music often comes to mind when you think of an accordion? Yep, polka. But, not everyone plays polka on the instrument. It can be used for folk music, classical, and even jazz and blues. We talked to Brian Slosarik of Valley City who not only plays the accordion but he is a collector and is well known for accordion repairs.

How did you get involved with accordions?

I work fulltime in HVAC, worked for a heating company for five years and was a builder prior to that for 10 years. My grandfather played the accordion, and I remember hearing him play when I was younger. I lived in California when I was growing up, and my parents pushed us kids into playing a musical instrument. I chose the accordion at the age of nine. I was taught using the Palmer-Hughes Accordion Course, Book 1-12, and additional sheet music, including classical and overtures. After one year of taking lessons I was entered into accordion competition. I did pretty well, collecting several small trophies and many ribbons during the next few years. I quit at 13 after my parents moved to Connecticut because I couldn’t find a teacher who I felt comfortable with in the area. In 2004, I had an accident working on my house. I was on a scaffold painting gutters, stepped off the side of the scaffold and took 15-foot fall. I broke my left foot and right wrist. Recovery was about four months. My hand was still a problem. I still had my original accordion that my dad bought me in 1960. I picked it up for therapy to be able to get my fingers working again, move my wrist and use my hand. That’s all it took. I got hooked again and started buying them. Most needed repairs; so, I took them all the way to the east side to get repaired. To save money and time, I started reading everything I could find on accordion repairs. With the help of a new accordion friend, I began repairing my own. People found out I could do this, and it snowballed. There are usually six to 10 accordions waiting to be repaired in my second-floor shop. I probably work on more than 100 per year. People drive from Michigan, Pennsylavania and southern Ohio to drop them off and send them via UPS from as far away as California. There aren’t many people in this country doing repairs. I am doing my part to try and keep the instruments going. Accordions really are very fragile and need someone to look after them. I do some traveling to accordion events around the country. My favorite is the Cotati accordion Festival in Cotati, California, in August. I enjoy repairing accordions and meeting all the passionate, nutty enthusiasts. It has become a very enjoyable hobby.

What is your favorite style of music to play?

In this area, most players love and play polkas, waltzes and dance I personally like and play jazz-type music from the 40s on my accordion. Friends in California got me involved in jazz. I was playing my old music when I restarted and got hooked up with Frank Marocco’s arrangements and bought up everything he had produced. His music was my influence, and I play some of his arrangements of French and Italian music jazzed up, blues and tangos.

SANOWhat is your favorite accordion? What makes it so special?

My favorite accordion that I play is a Sano double-tone chamber from the 1950s. The Sano brand was imported into the East Coast. The sound is what makes it special to me. The interior is all made from Mahogany wood. Mahogany has a lot to do with the appealing tonal quality. Jazz boxes are mellower with a deeper bassoon. They have a richer tone that is a bit quitter. Not everyone likes this; therefore, they prefer a brighter, livelier, louder accordion.

How are accordions and/or polka music an important part of Cleveland’s history?

Yankovic started here. The Detroit and Pittsburgh areas also have a big polka following, as does the whole Great Lakes area due to the Slavic people who settled this region.

What words of wisdom do you have for the next generation of aspiring musicians?

I know several younger people who love and play the accordion but who are exclusively playing polkas for entertainment. I encourage them to diversify if they want to continue to play because as their audience ages, they need to appeal to other audiences. Some students who visit me from Oberlin College are playing Irish and Scottish mixed with jazz. In Europe the accordion is very popular. You see people playing on street corners. It is a big part of their heritage. The accordion is showing up in popular bands like Bruce Springsteen’s. And with Paul McCartney, I remember from a few years ago seeing an accordion sitting in the corner of a stage during a New Year’s Eve celebration. The accordion is out there. I feel that as younger people discover it, the accordion will be made to do new and different things.

What kind of tools do you use to repair your accordion?

Small files for tuning, custom-made tools for getting in tight places for adjustments, screwdrivers of all sizes, power tools, a table saw, belt sanders, acetones for celluloid work, sanders, polishers, X-Acto knives, glues. Being a former builder, remodeler and cabinet maker, I’ve always been into tools. Many of my tools show their age from many years of use.

What are some of the problems accordions have that cause them to need repair?

From accidents, bass buttons collapse just from knocking it over on the floor. The more you play, the bellows wear out and need to be replaced or retaped. Scratches and dings. Straps wear out, keyboards get out of adjustment and start getting too much play. Humidity and temperature are terrible on accordions. If they are stored on the floor in a basement they can mold inside. Attics with humidity and heat disintegrate the wax causing the reeds to fall out. Accordions like the same atmosphere and living conditions that people like: 70-75 degrees F. As with most things, accordions can just wear out. If it is a good brand, something special or sentimental, an accordion can be rebuilt to like-new condition. I have restored several during the past 10 years, including some for myself.

How long does it take to repair one? How costly is the repair?

I have repaired as many as five in one weekend if they require minor repairs like a stuck or broken reed or a key is hooked and bent. It can take up to 50 hours of work for a major restoration I find most repairs are in the $100-500 range.

How much do accordions cost, and where do people buy them?

A new, small, Chinese accordion runs $500-600 up to $12,000-15,000 for a top-of-the-line Italian accordion. A new full-sized, standard accordion runs $3,000-5,000, and you can get a good used one for $1,000. There are a few stores on the East and West Coasts and in Michigan that sell new ones. There’s nothing in Ohio that I know of. I can order them new through my connections, and I have almost 200 used accordions in my shop with 30-40 ready to sell at any time. I have four in my personal collection: my grandfather’s last accordion, the one from my childhood, my Sano, and one that is believed to have been owned by Myron Floren from the Lawrence Welk Show. I think picking an accordion is very personal. Everyone has different preferences and taste in how it should feel and sound.

How do you tune an accordion?

There are hundreds of reeds inside, and each reed has two reed tongues. When you pull out and push in the bellows the reed should make the same sound. To change the pitch on a reed you scratch or file the tongue in specific places to raise or lower the pitch. I use, in combination, a computer tuning program and Peterson strobe tuner. It can take up to 12 hours to tune a full-sized accordion; therefore, it is expensive — $500 or more. It is difficult to tune an accordion right to get a proper sound when you are done. It’s an art. What makes it more interesting is the different types of tunings there are: dry or concert tuning, polka, Irish, French, Italian and many more. Without proper training and experience a set of reeds can be ruined real fast in the wrong hands. Most accordions only need to be tuned about every five years if they are played regularly. Your better accordions tend to have better quality reeds. The higher quality reeds will hold a tune longer.

ECS state-of-the-skole aan te spreek hoogtepunte waarde van band kwessie

Euclides City Skole Assistent superintendent Charlie Smialek

Op die Woensdag Mei 18, state-of-the-skole adres en middagete by Euclides High School, Euclides City Skole Assistent superintendent Charlie Smialek bekendgestel twee Euclides Hoërskool juniors wat "Heerlikheid" gesing deur John Legend. Albei het GPAs van 3.6 of hoër en is deel van die program Kollege Krediet Plus (CCP). Deur CCP, het hulle mekaar reeds verdien 15-20 uur van krediete in die rigting van die kollege.

Smialek dan aangebied wat hy noem, " 'n verhaal van inspirasie en binding saam as 'n gemeenskap om te verseker dat ons voortgaan om 'n lewensvatbare opvoedkundige keuse bly."
Fase I van die program sluit in:
• Fiskale verantwoordelikheid (sluitingsdatum Forest Park tot drie skole in twee te danke aan die strukturele kwessies en dalende inskrywings konsolideer)
• Studente prestasie
• Geloofwaardigheid in die gemeenskap (vennootskappe met organisasies soos Lincoln Electric vir 'n sweis laboratorium en HGR Industrial Surplus vir 'n robotika program en geleerdheid)

Hy het genoem dat 'n loopbaan tegnologie program in 2017 sal bygevoeg word om die drie-miljoen vervaardiging werksgeleenthede wat oop in die volgende 10 jaar sal wees aan te spreek. Daar word verwag dat 2 miljoen van die onvoltooide gaan. Met die skepping van die program, die skool hoop om in die behoeftes van sy studente, hul gesinne en werkgewers op soek na 'n geskoolde arbeidsmag te voldoen. Volgens 'n statistiek in sy aanbieding, is daar 'n 92 persent gradueringskoers vir studente wat deelneem aan loopbaan tegnologie programme teenoor die 70 persent huidige Euclides Hoërskool gradueringskoers. Die skool beplan ook om te werk met HGR op sy stam leer laboratorium sedert die helfte van alle werkgeleenthede STEM nie 'n graad nie vereis en betaal 'n gemiddelde salaris van $ 53,000.

Fase II wentel om die kampus prestasie, wat afhanklik is van 'n 8-meul, $ 96.3 miljoen band kwessie om 'n sekondêre kampus behuising grade 6-8 en 9-12 op 'n site te skep, draai die Forest Park terrein in 'n Early Learning Village vir ouderdomme 3-4 en graad K, maak stadion verbeterings, beweeg die kulinêre kunste program om die sekondêre kampus, en repurpose die Sentrale webwerf as 'n Metro Park. As geslaag, potensieel op die November 2016 stembrief, hierdie werk sou plaasvind 2017-2019 neem.

What does it take to become a thought leader in my industry?

Chess pawns for thought leadership

(Courtesy van Guest Blogger Liz Fox, bemarking assosieer, MAGNET: Die Vervaardiging Advocacy & Groei Network)

In the world of manufacturing, the term “thought leadership” is an ever-present buzzword that transcends industry. People perceived as thought leaders often speak at conferences, maintain blogs, and write extensively on topics pertinent to their audience. More importantly, thought leaders engage in the sharing and discussion of ideas that influence the thoughts of others and help people achieve success.

But what does it really take to transform yourself into a thought leader? While you might not become the next Seth Godin or Jim Tompkins, it’s definitely possible to drive conversation and influence key people in your industry. The following characteristics can help you not only be perceived as a thought leader, but engage with others on multiple levels that can propel your ideas forward.

Enhanced Storytelling: Stories are the first step to connecting with your audience on a personal level. Begin with a hook, then dive into details to which you feel they’ll respond. Anecdotes from your own life often serve as great backdrops, descriptors, and metaphors for the larger message you may be trying to convey.

Quality Curating: Thought leaders know great content when they see it, and many have the impulse to share it with others. Think about what topics are important to you, then research different aspects of them. Determine which publications and sources are the most relevant or credible, then put them out there for the world to see – it will only add to your credibility.

Leveraged Networks: While your expertise alone may be important in some areas, becoming a thought leader is also about who you know. It’s crucial to stay connected to key figures inside (and outside) of your industry, as there are some who can help you tell your story and share your ideas in a meaningful way. After all, this is why LinkedIn and other social media platforms have been so successful for existing thought leaders!

Individualism and Credibility: The value of a unique and trusted voice cannot be understated in the world of thought leadership. No matter your audience, location, or enterprise, conveying your competence plays a vital role in growing your support base. Tone also matters; so, it is recommended that you find a balance between being relatable and being an expert with all the answers.

Developing these qualities requires a huge commitment and may not come easily to some; however, turning yourself into a thought leader in your industry can empower you and ultimately take your company to new heights of success. For example, MAGNET’s intimate event series, [M]anufacturing Matters, is a new part of our strategy that has driven leads and kept manufacturers informed of present and future trends. Our passion for the region is reflected in our eagerness to share important information with others, and such a trait is crucial in training yourself to become an expert in thought leadership.

Want to know how MAGNET can help your business? Call Linda Barita at 216.600.1022 or email linda.barita@magnetwork.org.

HGR kondig 2016 ontvanger van $ 2,000 STEM studiebeurs

Tiffany Moore HGR Industrial Surplus 2016 STEM Vervaardiging Wetenskap Ontvanger

Op. Donderdag Mei 12, by Senior Awards Night at the ouditorium Euclides High School, HGR Industrial Surplus 'Menslike Hulpbronne Bestuurder Tina Dick het 'n $ 2,000 beurs om Tiffany Moore vir haar skolastiese en persoonlike prestasies, asook vir haar belangstelling in die voortsetting van haar opvoeding in 'n stam verwant veld, wat die wetenskap, tegnologie, ingenieurswese en wiskunde omvat.

Die vereistes vir geleerdheid vanjaar se ingesluit:

  • aktiewe of belangstel in STEM
  • in 'n goeie akademiese statuur
  • ingeskryf as 'n senior op Euclides Hoërskool
  • toegepas op 'n instelling van hoër onderwys of 'n ambag of tegniese skool vir die volgende akademiese jaar
  • gedemonstreer finansiële behoefte

Benewens die aansoek, studente verskaf 'n outobiografiese opstel, 'n behoefte verklaring en een tot drie letters van verwysing.

Moore is 'n honneursstudent en het kollege kursusse sedert die agste graad geneem. Sy het aansoek gedoen om sewe universiteite met die opset om groot in rekenaarnetwerke. Gedurende haar tyd by EHS, het sy deelgeneem aan die meisies se Varsity sokker, basketbal en spoor spanne en is gekies om deel te neem in "Stand Up" komitee die skool se ambassadeur se, 'n groep studente wat leierskap vaardighede en bereid is om ander aan te moedig doen dieselfde. Die groep vergader om maniere om die geweld in skole te bemiddel bespreek en reis na die elementêre skole in die distrik om maniere te modelleer om op te staan ​​om boelies. Sy is ook wat ingeskryf is in die skool se Cisco-akademie waar sy het haar Microsoft certificaties.

Buite die skool, sy is baie betrokke met haar gemeenskap. Sy vrywilligers by 'n ouetehuis, bied etes aan gesinne by die Ronald McDonald House, voorrade jong moeders met die items wat hulle nodig het om te sorg vir hul pasgeborenes neem deur Stork's Nest en loop in die Maart vir babas en Relay for Life. In die toekoms, haar doel is om besit haar eie elektroniese media maatskappy en die verhoging van die aantal vroue wat in die veld van tegnologie. Aan die einde het deelgeneem in en het 'n webwerf vir IndeedWeCode, 'n program vir Afro-Amerikaanse vroue wat belangstel in inligtingstegnologie.

Baie geluk, Tiffany! HGR Industrial Surplus is trots op jou en van die ander talentvolle aansoekers. Jy en jou klasmaats sal 'n beduidende impak op die wetenskap, tegnologie, ingenieurswese en wiskunde velde en die vervaardigingsbedryf te maak. Sterkte en hou ons geplaas oor hoe jy dit doen.

Market research turns up the strangest things

Can of WD-40

(Courtesy of Guest Blogger Odell Coleman, partner at ColemanWick, a Northeast Ohio research and analytics firm)

You probably know that many of the world’s most famous and widely used brands became successful by accident. Slinky, Silly Putty, potato chips, penicillin, microwave ovens — the list goes on and on. These items were all either by-products of efforts to make something else, or were simply attempts to solve one problem, yet turned out to solve everyday problems around the world.

WD-40 was supposed to just be a solvent for the aerospace industry. It’s now in about four out of five American households. The most amazing thing is its multitude of uses — making bird feeder poles too slippery for squirrels, for example.

Which proves that you never know all the ways a product might be useful beyond its intended purpose.

As a research firm, ColemanWick is in a unique position to observe and become learned across a variety of businesses and industries. Over the years, one of the most interesting things we’ve learned is that there are re-uses for machines and parts beyond sending them to scrap. You might be surprised at how often pieces of equipment, large and small, can be valued by other operations within and without a particular industry.

For instance, we were hired by a nuts and bolts manufacturer to survey its customers and markets in order to help the company gain a better understanding of its B2B buyers. Lo and behold, our work revealed a B2C market that the manufacturer had no idea existed. I don’t have to tell you how thrilled they were to find a new revenue stream.

This case represents good news for anyone with the problem of outdated or irrelevant equipment and the challenge of asset recovery: invest some research bucks to find out who else might put it to good use.

The lesson learned by the nuts and bolts company was that it benefitted from a perspective outside of its own. Companies tend to focus so much on their own operation that they’re blind to opportunities all around them.

In truth, there are many successful companies that recognize that adhering to best practices includes having a dedicated budget for annual research. They know that research experts are bound to uncover surprising data that benefits their enterprise.

'N Paar voorbeelde sluit in:

  • Spotting budding industry trends
  • Making informed decisions on markets
  • Understanding your competition

Unlike WD-40, this blog has only one use – to help you understand how, with market research, you can take advantage of other markets, implement new product lines, understand your competition or use existing resources in different ways. These are just some of the many ways research uncovers data that pays for itself many times over.

For more information, contact Odell at ocoleman@colemanwick.com or 216.991.4504.

Gesoek: Summer verkope en bemarking intern vir betaalde stage

somer internHGR Industrial surplus, Inc het 'n betaalde somer internskap geleentheid beskikbaar in ons Bemarking Departement.

Dit 35- tot-40-uur-per-week posisie in die eerste plek is ontwerp om 'n student die geleentheid om te werk op verskeie Bemarking loodsprojekte om die behoeftes van die maatskappy te ondersteun, terwyl die ontwikkeling en leer verkope tegnieke, netwerke, effektiewe inhoud bemarking en kliëntediens vaardighede.

VERANTWOORDELIKHEDE
• inhoud bemarking en navorsing as dit betrekking het op spesifieke masjinerie en aanbiedings
• Mynbou huidige kliënte databasis vir kliënte met 'n potensiaal wat nie onlangs gekoop het uit HGR
• Kontak en opvolg met potensiële kliënte, kwalifiserende vooruitsigte, en die hoof generasie via koue roeping uit verskaf bemarking lys
• Data entry gebruik te maak van CRM
• Neem deel aan departementele vergaderings vir beide bemarking en verkope, asook deelname aan die verkope opleiding en rol speel
• dop en meet van loodsprojekte om suksessyfer te bepaal

VEREISTES

BASIESE KWALIFIKASIES:
• Tans ingeskryf in 'n baccalaureus of nagraadse program by 'n Amerikaanse instelling

VOORKEUR KWALIFIKASIES:
• Werk-graad in besigheid, bestuur of bemarking
• Uitstekende verbale en geskrewe kommunikasie vaardighede
• Die vermoë om onafhanklik te werk
• Hoogs georganiseerde met 'n sterk aandag aan detail, duidelikheid en akkuraatheid
• Kandidaat van die Cleveland / Akron gebied verkies

VAARDIGHEDE

• vaardig kommunikeerder
• Vaardig in Microsoft Office, verkope en bemarkingsfunksies, en mensevaardighede
• inhoud skriftelik en inhoud strategie kennis verkies

Indien u belangstel, toe te pas hier afgelaai word deur Mei 31.

Snow plow blades used by 38 states made in Euclid

Snow removal blade_ Snow plow
Workers removing an old snow-removal blade to replace with a new, high-tech blade

(Courtesy of Guest Blogger Patrick Hawkins, president, Ironhawk Industrial)

Ironhawk Industrial is a manufacturer and distributor of high-tech snow removal products made in The United States. We came to Euclid in 2012 and have enjoyed a great relationship with the city and the local business community. After the company started in late 2010, the owners looked for a location that provided expandable space, access to major interstate shipping routes and the right business environment.

Euclid is a community that is interested in growing economically. The mayor personally returned our initial inquiry call, and the Economic Development Director Jonathan Holody has visited our offices several times to assist us with getting to know the resources available in Euclid. The infrastructure investment and landscaping on E. 222nd Street has been a real plus along with responsive city services.

Ironhawk makes high-tech blades and cutting edges that are used in 38 state departments of transportation for plowing and road repair. Ironhawk also serves most of the municipalities in Northeast Ohio where clearing roads during the snow season is important to serving their residents and businesses.

During the last five years, the company has acquired two additional snow-related companies: Safety Source, run by General Manager Pat Gavin, and Elkin, run by General Manager Eric Fox. The company continues to grow in both locations fueled in part by a strategy of purchasing raw materials, including carbide (second only in hardness to diamonds), and manufacturing its flagship products entirely in the U.S. All of its competitors import their carbide from China. Ironhawk has been able to secure a valuable partnership with Kennametal for domestic carbide and offer its products at a lower cost than the imported competition.

Our customers also have access to the industry’s best technical expertise. Ron Abramczyk, a five-year Ironhawk employee, came from a local competitor and has 20 years of industry experience. Mike Sparks joined Ironhawk after 30 plus years with Bucyrus Blades located in Central Ohio. Elizabeth Dellinger comes from a major Cleveland law firm background as a partner and also serves as chief operating officer. Rebecca Schaltenbrand is an attorney who practiced municipal law prior to joining Ironhawk. Together, they ensure that Ironhawk is in compliance with all state policies and regulations.

The Euclid team is rounded out with Sales Manager Brad Toth, Karen Ryan as Inside Sales and Bev Franczyk at the front desk. Customers appreciate the fact that their orders are filled quickly by this team and that each order gets a follow-up call to ensure that it is correct — not an easy task given there are hundreds of plow configurations and thousands of part numbers across our large geography.

Currently, the team is working on testing two additional products made solely in the U.S. Solving customers’ problems and saving snow removal dollars drive our growth. The high-tech blades last longer than traditional blades and help reduce the cost of salt, by far the largest costs in snow removal. The better the blade, the better the snow cleaning, so the need for additional salt is diminished.

A-Tech wen AWT RoboBots Kompetisie

Op April 30, 28 hoërskool spanne van lande Ashtabula, Cuyahoga, Geauga, Lake en Summit deelgeneem aan Lakeland Community College se atletiek- en fiksheid sentrum. Die sesde jaarlikse plaaslike robotika bestry robotika kompetisie is aangebied deur die Alliansie vir Werk Saam Stigting en goedgekeur is deur die Nasionale Robotics League.

Sparks en metaal gevlieg as wapens die bots 'n Lexan hok gebots tydens drie minute, dubbel-uitdunrondes tot op die laaste bot staan ​​behoort aan "Atech Masjiniste" van Ashtabula County Tegniese and Career Center met champs verlede jaar se "Dreadnaught" van Madison High School in die tweede plek en "Beaumonsters" van Beaumont School in die derde plek.

Elke span is saam met 'n plaaslike vervaardiging borg wat finansiële ondersteuning en tegniese advies aan sy span verskaf. En vir die eerste keer, 27 middeljarige skool spanne het deelgeneem aan die 1.5 minute, enkel-uitskakeling Junior Bots Kompetisie met mini robot kits dat hulle vergader en gery. "Team Bombers" van Kenston Middle School het die eerste plek.

Geluk aan al die spanne, veral HGR se "Untouchables" van Euclides Hoërskool! Euclides High se span, afgerig deur Jason Coleman en Bob Torrelli, ingesluit studente Alex Bowman, Ethan Clark, Eddie Conger, Corbin Gray, Dan Hercik, Connor Hoffman, Luke Johnson, Peter Powell, Josua Ritchey en Dayna Shirer.

Hier is ons tweets - en een van AWT Robobots - wat die Untouchables se vordering deel.

Spoiler waarskuwing: Video herhaling van HGR se 18th herdenking, robotte ingesluit

Op April 28, HGR gehou 'n herdenking koop wat 'n komplimentêre middagete van die Nosh Box, 'n demo deur Euclides Hoërskool se "The Untouchables" Robotics Team van sy kompetisie stryd robot en 'n demo deur Tim Willis sy 15-voet-hoë ingesluit transformator en robot hond. Gedurende die loop van die dag, oor 150 kliënte besoek die vertoonlokaal, en meer as 1,220 items verkoop. Check uit die video:

Editor of Fresh Water Magazine sees poetry in machines

Erin
(image courtesy of Bob Perkoski Photography)

Erin O’Brien was deep in her career as a project engineer with BP America. She says it was a lucrative and great career, but all of that changed when her brother, Novelist John O’Brien, known for Leaving Las Vegas, committed suicide. This caused Erin to re-evaluate her life. BP was leaning staff and offered a buyout. Erin says “I didn’t want to sit in an office looking at designs for panel boards for the rest of my life.” In 1995, an author was born.

With no formal training, she tried her hand at fiction and nonfiction but found her calling by working as a journalist. She advises young writers: “Sit in a room and write and write and write.” For her, this philosophy resulted in her first published clip in 2000. She was paid $5 by Ohio Writer Magazine for a 900-word book review. She went on to freelance, including writing features for vars water since its second or third issue in 2010. During that time, she covered brick-and-mortar news and penned profiles for other area magazines on many area manufacturing companies, including Vitamix, OsteoSymbionics, Excelas, Nestle, Ohio Awning and Manufacturing, and Quasar Energy Group. As she talks about how her technical background has helped her as a writer, she relates her experience writing about an anaerobic ingestor that turns organic waste into compressed natural gas, “We have to be a translator and distill technical information into readable, engaging prose. These people work hard and want to tell their stories.”

With an ongoing interest in manufacturing and industry, in 2013, O’Brien visited HGR Industrial Surplus’ showroom where she was profoundly moved because her dad, who died in 2002, was a machinist. In response, she wrote a blog post about HGR that came to the attention of Tina Dick, HGR’s human resources manager. Dick hired O’Brien to put together a tydlyn of the company’s historical site for its dedication ceremony. O’Brien also included HGR in a storie about upcycling resources for local industrial artists. And, she covered HGR’s dedication ceremony vir vars water. She says, “HGR is one of my favorite places in Northeast Ohio. It houses machines that represent the Rust Belt. It’s just poetry.”

After working as a feature writer and development news writer with vars water, she recently was promoted to managing editor and has put her freelance activities on hold to focus on the weekly e-magazine. She shares that the magazine’s perspective “is about what’s fresh and new in Cleveland that Die Plain Dealer or Cleveland.com are not covering, or about covering those stories from a new angle.” The magazine’s focus is on arts and culture, innovation, human-interest stories. Her vision is “to re-energize the magazine as we travel through 2016, with a keen awareness of the elephants headed this way and that all eyes will be on us this summer. Let’s look gorgeous while everyone is looking at Cleveland, Ohio, and showcase its diversity,” she states.

She sums up with her thoughts on Cleveland’s manufacturing future: “One sector that can’t be denied in Northeast Ohio is the medical sector. We also have housing stock that is affordable. There is a Renaissance that has resulted in low vacancy rates downtown. A lot is percolating. We may not be the blue-collar town that we once were, but I’m excited to see what Cleveland will look like in the next 10 years.”