YOUNGSTOWN – The Youngstown/Warren Regional Chamber and MAGNET (Manufacturing Advocacy and Growth Network) have dedicated a conference room at the chamber’s downtown office to help development groups grow the local economy.
The MAGNET East conference room will serve as a meeting space for staff from both organisations, peer organizations and regional businesses, and can be used by chamber members free of charge. The conference table seats six, and users will have access to a kitchen just outside the space.
For over 30 years, MAGNET, a Cleveland-based nonprofit consulting group, has focused on growing Northeast Ohio’s manufacturing industry by helping startups and supporting small and medium-sized businesses. to transform with technology, innovation and talent.
“As technology revolutionizes the modern factory, MAGNET will help small and medium-sized manufacturers in the Mahoning Valley turn industry disruption into economic growth,” said chamber president and CEO Guy Coviello.
“We are no longer satisfied with stabilizing our economy”, he said. “Our objective is to develop the economy of the valley. MAGNET will help us do this.
The chamber and MAGNET have a long-standing relationship through their economic and workforce development work, and in 2022 they entered into a formal contract for the chamber to generate greater visibility for the services of MAGNET throughout the valley.
“The Youngstown-Warren area is home to successful manufacturers who are innovating and transforming every day. They continue to be the backbone of the economy with excellent salaries and careers to support the family. We are proud to partner with the Chamber and do our part to grow local manufacturing, the lifeblood of the Valley and of America,” said Ethan Karp, President of MAGNET
In addition to the MAGNET brand, the room will highlight past winners of the Excellence in Manufacturing award, which were selected in partnership with MAGNET beginning in 2017. The award is given to long-standing businesses located in Mahoning counties , Trumbull, or Columbiana who have excelled in enterprise, product development, or workforce innovation.
Previous winners include Boardman Molded Products, Haltec, Quality Switch, Panelmatic Building Solutions and Commercial Metal Forming. The 2022 winner, Schaefer Equipment, a division of Wabtec Corp., will be celebrated today at the Chamber’s Annual Economic Forecast Breakfast.