Wednesday, August 20, 2014

First-ever High School UAS competition a big success!

By Steve Staub

Saturday was an exciting day at the Sinclair Community College Fieldhouse as high school students competed in the first-ever UAS competition held in North America, Destination: Dayton! Oh sure, there were a few hitches and we certainly learned a lot for the next time, but this event was certainly a success!

Attendees came from as far as Indiana and even Michigan to see this ground breaking event and were very pleased with what they saw. “I came here today to see the future and to see students engaged in it,” one attendee told me.

Dan Edwards did a fantastic job as the Master of Ceremonies and received kudos from the attendees. There were many interesting hands-on displays in the career exhibition area such as live 3D printing and much more.

Friday, August 15, 2014

Destination: Dayton's huge foam city has taken shape (You have to come see this!)

By Steve Staub

Scale model of the City of Dayton made by Global Foam
Have you ever seen a 6 foot tall scale model of downtown Dayton made out of foam? Until yesterday morning I had not seen one either!

Through the generosity of the Global Foam CompanyDestination: Dayton now has a replica model of the City of Dayton. The model is scaled and the buildings are solid white, but I have to tell you that seeing this in person is really impressive!

While I was at Global Foam I was also able to take a tour of some of the really amazing projects that they are working on. You have likely seen one of their projects before - the large Jesus statue located along I-75 by Traders World. One thing that I thought was really neat was some 14” long peanuts (pictured below) that they were making for a trade show display. It's amazing how real they look!

Thursday, August 14, 2014

‘Destination: Dayton’ Event to Showcase Leading UAS Experts

By Steve Staub
Click image for more event info

The all-new student UAS competition, 'Destination: Dayton' is this Saturday.

It's going to be a great event! One of the things that I'm really excited about is hearing from the group of industry leading speakers. 

One of those leaders is Ryan Smith, the new CEO of the Ohio / Indiana UAS Center & Test Complex. This will be his first public appearance in this important role!

In case you haven't heard of him, Ryan Smith is the Director of Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) Operations for the State of Ohio. He directs UAS activities for the State through UAS development, commercialization, and operational employment. He leads the Ohio/Indiana UAS Center and Test Complex, located in Springfield, OH, which conducts UAS operations in collaboration with over 80 partners across the states of Indiana and Ohio.

Monday, August 11, 2014

Special Event: Fiscal Reality for Manufacturers

By Gary Weldon

We’ve been talking a lot on this blog about the future of manufacturing, specifically here in Ohio. While there is no sure-fire way to know exactly what’s coming, there are certain trends, signs and signals that skilled economists can use to create educated predictions.

Someone who does this really well is Alan Beaulieu. He is President of ITR Economics and a Contributing Editor for Industry Week. Alan is the keynote speaker this Thursday, August 14th at the Fiscal Reality for Manufacturers event presented by the Dayton Region Manufacturers Association (DRMA) and Sandler Training.

Mr. Beaulieu will help you answer important questions like:
  • Should we expand and take risks?
  • How much risk should we take?
  • What’s the window of prosperity and when will it shut again?

While some economic talks can be... well, boring, that won’t be the case this time. Alan Beaulieu is both informative and engaging (and he understands our industry).

Friday, August 8, 2014

September 4th: A big day for MADE in DAYTON

By Steve Staub

A few months back we hinted that there are some big changes coming to MADE in DAYTON. Well that day is fast approaching... our all-new, improved platform launches on September 4th!

In December of 2011, Gary Weldon and I launched with a simple goal: Help grow the region and support manufacturing by highlighting what is working and what is not.

Since then we have developed a following of thousands of like-minded folks from the Dayton Region, across the state and even around the nation. On more than one occasion we have been named one of the top 10 manufacturing blogs in the U.S, something that we are very proud of!

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Ohio 2020 (Part 2): The Next Generation

By Steve Staub and Gary Weldon

This is the second of a three-part series peering into the future of Ohio. Today’s post examines what things just might look like if Ohio does the right thing and proactively supports its manufacturing industry.


Aired August 6, 2020 - 18:00 ET

NEWS ANCHOR: Good evening. Thank you very much for joining us. I’m Nick Adnight in New York.

Tonight’s lead story is one of an inspiring comeback. It wasn't that many years ago that the Great Recession had devastated the economies of most Midwestern states. But, rising out of the ashes, one state has found a way to transform itself into a true economic powerhouse and a model for other states across our nation. That state is none other than Ohio.

How did they do it? What’s their secret? We find out tonight. We go first to Cleveland, Ohio where we’re joined by field reporter Leigh Keary. Leigh?

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Upcoming manufacturing-related events in Ohio (that you need to know about)

By Steve Staub

Destination Dayton
Saturday, August 16th
The Nations first student UAS competition. A great STEM / Manufacturing career awareness program. Attractions for the whole family to see and do.
Dayton, Ohio

Ohio Manufacturing Month
The state of Ohio celebrates manufacturing in October!

Design 2 Part Show
Wednesday & Thursday, September 17th & 18th
A show featuring contract manufacturing companies selling their services.
Akron, Ohio

Manufacturing Day
Friday, October 3rd
Hundreds of manufacturing companies across the U.S. open their doors to let people see what modern day manufacturing is all about!

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Ohio 2020 (Part 1): Missed Opportunities

By Steve Staub and Gary Weldon

This is the first of a three-part series peering into the future of Ohio. Today’s post examines what things just might look like if necessary actions are not taken now to support the manufacturing industry.

(A conversation between Dave and Bill* in the year 2020.)

“Bill, do you remember the good old days?

“You mean back when we both had good manufacturing jobs?” Dave replied. “Yeah, I sure do! Things were good back then. It’s just a shame that our 'fine' elected officials didn't do what they should have. Everyone kept telling the state senators and the Governor, workers are getting older, and if we don’t get young folks in the industry, then we’ll be in trouble.”

“That’s right! I heard just the other day that the average age of manufacturing workers in Ohio is now 62. Can you believe that?”

“What happened to all the programs, like Ohio Robotics?” Bill asked” I thought STEM and skilled trades training was the next big thing.”

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

'Destination Dayton' student UAS program: Your questions answered

By Steve Staub

Since the announcement last month about Destination: Dayton, the groundbreaking High School UAS program, I have received some great feedback and a lot of questions. In today's post I'd like to try to answer some of the most common questions. Here goes:

Can the general public attend this event? 

Yes! Absolutely! We encourage everyone to attend! Whether you are just curious about UAS technology or you'd like show your kids or grand-kids what the future looks like, this event is for you.

Will you have anything that I can do during the event?

Yes, you will be able to fly a UAS on a simulator, watch the exciting competition, see many displays including working 3D printing machines, hear the special presentations and much more!

Who else is involved, are there any speakers?

Thursday, July 10, 2014

#MfgDay14: Opening Doors to Our Industry's Future

Click the image above to see the "What Manufacturing Really Looks Like" infographic

By Gary Weldon

Sometimes the best way to open the door of opportunity is to just grab a hold of the handle and pull.

When things aren't going the way you'd like them to, people will often tell you, "Just wait, another door will open some day." And maybe that's true. But sometimes, the best way to open the door to opportunity is to just grab a hold of the handle and pull. That's what MFG Day is planning to do this October; swing the doors of manufacturing companies across the nation wide open to reveal the reality of modern manufacturing. 

This is the third year for Manufacturing Day, a growing movement started by a coalition of industry organizations. Last year, over 800 companies hosted events and open houses to show job seekers and students what manufacturing really looks like. 

It has become a rallying point in the effort to improve the image of the manufacturing industry and address the large gap in the skilled labor pool. MFG Day information reports that 80% of manufacturers cannot find the skilled workers that they need.   

Opening Doors... and Eyes