Thursday, August 28, 2014

Manufacturing’s Multiplier Effect: It’s like Magic

by Laima Rastikis

As reporter Lesley Stahl of 60 Minutes toured a new GE jet engine factory in Batesville, Mississippi, during an Oct. 29, 2011, interview with Jeffrey Immelt, chair of the President’s Council on Jobs and Competitiveness, she commented that the plant’s sophisticated automation would result in fewer direct employees than factories of the past.

To that, Immelt, a Cincinnati native who is also the chairman and CEO of General Electric, responded, “You’re going to have fewer people that do any task. In the end, it makes the system more productive and more competitive. But when you walk through Mississippi, for every person that was in that plant, there are probably seven or eight jobs in the supply chain.”

Wait. Didn't the Industrial Revolution teach us that more automation means fewer workers?

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

The MADE in DAYTON Team is Growing

Laima Rastikis
By Gary Weldon and Steve Staub

We are pleased to introduce a new addition to our blogging team. Native Daytonian Laima Rastikis is owner of Rastikis Ink Writing & Communications, LLC, a firm she established in 1991. 

An award-winning writer, Laima brings to the MADE in DAYTON team solid credentials and good insights into what makes our community tick. She has a breadth of experience through her work with clients in the government, higher education, business, nonprofit and economic development sectors.

You’re sure to recognize some of the high-profile projects she has worked on: the Fraze Pavilion, the Schuster Performing Arts Center, the University of Dayton (UD) School of Law, the UD Center for Competitive Change, the UD Science Center, the Dayton Early College Academy, the Dayton Regional STEM Center and the Mound Advanced Technology Center. Most recently, she was involved in the announcements of the new P&G distribution facility in Union and Fuyao in Moraine.

Laima began her professional career as public information officer for the city of Kettering. This position gave her the opportunity to work with all city departments, the news media, business and community leaders, volunteer boards, citizens and other jurisdictions.

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
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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.”