Letter from our President and Executive Director

2021 was a year of firsts for Manufacturing Works!

Despite our organization's long history, we continue to look for new ways to serve the Northeast Ohio manufacturing community. 2021 was a great example of our bringing innovative programs to life.

  • In April, the first two apprentices from our consortium completed their training program. Their success motivated their employer to immediately register another group to begin training. This new class contains our first female apprentice.
  • In May we celebrated the first of what we are certain will be many Manufacturing Works-facilitated ownership transitions. The transition, between two member companies, ultimately assured the company would stay in Cleveland and preserved dozens of local jobs.
  • June saw us launch a new model of supervisory training. Developed specifically with our manufacturing members in mind, the program is more focused on attraction and retention of employees.
  • To build the pipeline of future manufacturing business owners, in December we kicked off the first cohort of our Leadership Institute. This program focuses on diversity and inclusion and aims to engage at least 50% women and/or people of color.

As we welcomed these firsts to our list of accomplishments, we also continued to provide the valuable services that our manufacturing community has come to expect over the years.

  • We stepped up our efforts to engage high school students by expanding our program into three local school districts.
  • Technology went "hands-on" helping participants build their own custom business app.
  • Our outreach team focused on companies with projects where they could have the greatest impact.

This blending of new and existing programs that occurred in 2021 is a result of asking how we can assist our manufacturing community navigate issues and opportunities.



Ken Patsey
President and Executive Director

Ken Patsey

Ken Patsey

President and Executive Director




Designed from the ground up for manufacturing and  related industry owners, our leadership programs focus on the needs of the participants. Our Ownership Transition program helps current owners with what may be the biggest decision in their professional life. While our Leadership Institute is designed to develop and diversify the next generation of manufacturing leaders.


participants kicked off the inaugural cohort launched in December of 2021.


of the first cohort were women and/or people of color – surpassing our goal of 50%.


supervisors from 11 companies participated in our new customized supervisory training, more focused on attraction and retention of employees.


successful ownership transition marked the beginning of our matchmaking program. The transition process prioritized local ownership, saving dozens of local jobs.



Manufacturing Works understands manufacturers' challenges and can provide resources that help. Compensation and benefits aren't the only factors employees consider when looking for a job. With the industry changing and evolving at such a rapid pace, manufacturing companies need to use creative employee attraction strategies to recruit and hire the best candidates.



new apprentices enrolled in paid job training and technical training for the occupations of CNC operator/programmer, maintenance mechanic, tool & die maker, and welder.


new Apprenticeship Consortium Members, working together to provide career opportunities for individuals in our community.


high school students from three school districts participated in experiential learning with partner companies, such as Hose Master, Jergens, Inc., Rockwell Automation, and Lincoln Electric.


skilled employees were recruited and placed at member companies – saving companies in recruitment and placement costs.




Manufacturing Works provides insights into advanced manufacturing technologies that can provide cost-effective solutions to chronic problems. We help businesses understand how to be strategic and use these emerging technologies to create manufacturing process improvements that solve people and production challenges.


people from 37 companies attended 8 webinars and work sessions resulting in 17 referrals to service providers.


new companies engaged in our technology program.


Since its inception in 1996, the core components of the Cleveland Industrial Retention Initiative (CIRI) have been outreach, assessment, and service delivery. While this process has not changed, in 2021 the team focused their efforts on high-impact projects involving manufacturing companies with indicating factors such as being a part of a growth industry, number of employees, annual sales volume, capital investment for expansion, and new products.

  • 12 impact projects were completed, assisting companies with infrastructure issues, physical plant improvements, and expansion/relocation opportunities.
  • 300 companies were surveyed resulting in 235 services.

2021 Members

121eCommerce LLC
3-D Materials Management, LLC
Aaron Morrow
ActionCOACH Team NEO
Adams Automatic, Inc.
Advance Paint Technology, Ltd.
Advanced Controls, Inc.
Advanced Secondaries, Inc.
Aetna Plastics - Fabrication Division
Aetna Plastics Corp.
Aetna Plating Company Inc.
Ahola HR Solutions | Payroll
Air Force One
Air Products and Chemicals, Inc.
ALL Erection & Crane Rental Corp.
Allied Tool & Die Inc.
Alphagraphics Cleveland
Aluminum Coils, Inc
Amros Industries, Inc.
Anchor Ceramic Blade Technologies
Anchor Die Technologies, Inc.
Anchor Manufacturing Group, Inc.
Anchor Metal Processing, Inc
Anchor Tool & Die
ANG Marketing Group, LLC
Apex Paper Box Co
APICS, Akron Chapter
Apple Growth Partners
ArcAlloy Custom Metal Fab & Welding
Architectural Products Development, Inc.
Arkinetics Inc.
Art Galvanizing Works
ASG, div. of Jergens, Inc.
ASK Chemicals LP
August Mack Environmental, Inc.
Auto Bolt Co.
Automated Packaging Systems
Automation Plastics Corporation
Automation Tool & Die
AWT - Alliance for Working Together
Barnes Wendling
Beacon Marshall Companies
Berea Hardwoods
Bettcher Industries, Inc.
Beverage Machine & Fabricators, Inc.
Blaser & Mericle, Inc.
Blue Point Capital Partners, LLC
Boutique IT Solutions (BITS)
BroCo Products Inc.
Browne & Company
Bruce Waterhouse
Carleton McKenna
Catalyst Consulting Group, Inc.
Centurion Security Screen, Inc.
Certitude Security
CG Real Estate Capitol
ChainRing Advisors
Chemical Methods
Chemical Solvents, Inc.
Chimney Screens, Inc.
City Plating
City Thermoelectrics LLC
Ciuni & Panichi, Inc.
Cleveland Industrial Innovation Center
Cleveland Industrial Training Center Inc
Cleveland Machinery Sales, Inc.
Cleveland Specialty Products
Cleveland Steel Tool Co.
Cleveland-Cliffs Inc.
Compliance Technologies, Inc
Component Systems, Inc.
Conveyer & Caster Corp.
Cook-Leitch & Associates, Inc.
CRESCO Real Estate, Cushman & Wakefield
Cyrid Media
D. A. Surgical
Dan T. Moore Company
David Wolfe Design, Inc.
DEM Manufacturing
DeMilta Iron & Metal Co.
Dennison Creative
Die-Cut Products Co.
Die-Matic Corporation
Dise & Company
Dollar Bank
Du West Tool & Die, Inc
Duffy+Duffy Cost Segregation Services
Duray Plating Company
E Solutions LLC
e2b Teknologies
Eagle Elastomer
Efficient Machine Products Corp.
Elco Corporation
Electric Cord Sets
Elsons International
Emprise Partners
Enerco Group Inc.
Energy Management Specialists, Inc.
Envirofab, Inc.
Equipment Manufacturers International
Erie Industrial Equipment, Inc.
Euro-USA Midwest
Evergreen Industrial Batteries LLC
Expense Reduction Analysts
EZ Snap Covers
Fastsigns Downtown Cleveland
Federal Gear
Felber PR & Marketing
Feldenkris CFO Services, LLC
Ferrous Processing & Trading Company
Fike Developing and Excavating, Inc.
First Commonwealth Bank
Flow Polymers, LLC
ForkLiftsNow.com LLC
Fulcrum ConsultingWorks, Inc.
Fully Promoted
Gebauer Company
Gem Tool
General Metal Heat Treating, Inc.
Glavin Industries, Inc.
Globe Pipe Hanger Products, Inc.
Goldstein Group Communications
Good Engineering and Marine Service, LLC
Gotta Groove Records
Granite Steel & Processing, Inc.
Great Lakes Towing Company
Greater Cleveland Construction
Halvorsen Co.
Heat Seal/Ampak
Hinkley Lighting, Inc.
HKB Enterprises
HKM Direct Market Communications
Horizons HR Services/Retention Staffing
Hubbell Machine Tooling, Inc.
Huntington Bank - Business Banking West
Impact Armor Technologies LLC
Industrial Wheels Inc.
Inglewood Associates LLC
Integrated Automation Consulting LLC
Integrity Staffing Services
IT Support Specialists
J.J. White Products Inc.
Jamestown Container Companies
Jergens, Inc.
JIS, div. of Jergens, Inc.
Joseph T. Snyder Industries, Inc.
JTM Products, Inc.
Judith Crocker
Kalt Manufacturing Company
Karyall-Telday Co.
Kaufman, Drozdowski & Grendell, LLC
Kay Chemical Company
Kerek Industries, LLC
Kerr Lakeside, Inc.
Key Private Bank
KeyBank - Commercial Bank
Kitzel Inc.
Kuhn Fabricating Inc
KYOCERA SGS Precision Tools, Inc.
Lakeside Supply Company
Lane Steel Co., Inc.
Lazear Capital Partners
Lowe Chemical
Lucas Precision
Lytkowski & Co. Inc
MACK Growth Partners
Madison Chemical
Magis Advisory Group
Maloney + Novotny LLC
Marcum LLP
Martindale Electric Co.
Material Movement Solutions LLC
Mazzella Lifting Technologies
Meaden & Moore
Melin Tool Company
Menyhart Plumbing & Heating Supply
Metal Alloy Reclaimers, Inc. II
Midwest Box Company/Walford Industrial Park
Midwest Compressor Co., Inc.
Monroe Tool & Manufacturing Co.
Msports Inc
National Commercial Warehouse
National Office Services, Inc
National Safety Apparel, Inc
National Tire & Rubber Company
Neighborhood Family Practice
Neverman Insurance Agency
North Coast Container LLC
Northwest Bank
Numerequip, Inc.
Nu-Tool Industries, Inc.
Oatey Company
Oatey Company - IP
Ohio Travel Bag
On Technology Partners
On Time Delivery & Warehouse
OneDigital Health and Benefits
Optio Tempore LLC
Oswald Companies
Otto By Products
PACE Converting Equipment Co, Inc.
Partners Environmental Consulting, Inc.
Paul Fike Builders, Inc.
Pearne & Gordon LLP
Pease, CPAs
Peoples Bank
Phoenix Metal Sales & Fabrication, LLC
Phoenix Steel Service, Inc.
Plante Moran
PNC Commercial Banking
Precision Door Service
Preform Trench Drain Company
Premier Bank
Premier Development Partners, LLC
Productivity Solutions
Profile Grinding, Inc.
Proud Automation
Radcom, Inc.
Rainbow Rubber Extrusions
Ratliff & Taylor
Ray's Sausage Inc.
Rea & Associates
Red Seal Electric Company, Inc.
RGI Creative, Inc.
RML Tool & Die
Robert B Mlakar
Rockport Machine Company
Rockport Ready Mix
Roeder Consulting
Roetzel & Andress
Roundstone Management, Ltd.
Royal Chemical Company
Royal Wire Products, Inc.
Sandler Training Powered by MP Solutions
Schauer Group, Inc.
Schooley Mitchell
Sea Air Space Machining & Molding
Seeley Savidge Ebert Gourash
Semco Carbon
Sikich, LLP
Singleton Corporation
Skyhawk Resources, LLC
Skylift, Inc.
Solon Specialty Wire dba Liberty Steel
Soundwich Inc.
SPEED Exterminating Company
Spooner Incorporated
Stainless Specialties
Stata Productions
StoneDonut, LLC
Summers Rubber
Summit Food Solutions
Superior Alloy Steel Co.
Swift Filters, Inc.
Talan Products, Inc.
Tango Echo Bravo Manufacturing, Inc.
Tap Packaging Solutions and The Chilcote Company
Team NEO
Team Wendy, LLC
Tempest, Inc.
Ter-Wal Tool & Mfg., Inc.
The Bonnot Company
The Domingo Group LLC
The Garland Company, Inc.
The Gent Machine Company
The J.L. Taylor Company, Inc.
The M. Ryan Group
The Pipe Line Development Company
The Technology House, Ltd.
Timco Rubber Products, Inc.
Total Distribution, Inc.
TPI Efficiency Consulting
TransitioNext Advisors
Transworld Business Advisors of Cleveland West
Tremblay Tool Steels
Tremco, Inc.
Tribco, Inc.
Troy Innovative Instruments
UCI Controls Inc.
UNIQUE Paving Materials Corp.
Universal Grinding Corporation
Universal Oil Inc.
Upright Steel LLC.
USI Insurance Services
V2 Technology
Vanza LLC
Voss Industries, Inc.
Walsh Manufacturing Corporation
Wayne Bergman
WebbMason Marketing
Wecall Inc.
Werner G. Smith, Inc.
Weston Hurd LLP
Westside Supply Company, Inc.
Wickens Herzer Panza
Wire Laboratories Co.
Wire Products Company
WLS Fabricating Company
WLS Stamping Company
Work Horse Integrations
YES Electric Inc.
Zaclon, LLC
Zinner & Co., LLP
Zito Insurance Agency Inc.


2021 Investors

Individual Leaders in Giving ($1,000-$4,999)

Schron Family Foundation

Individual Donors ($20-$999)

Randy Ayers
Mark Dawson
Marilyn Kysela
Ken Patsey
Anne Schaum
John Troyer

Corporate Donors

Cook-Leitch & Associates, Inc.
Tap Packaging Solutions and The Chilcote Company
Team Wendy, LLC

Program Support

The Catherine L & Edward A Lozick Foundation
Charles M & Helen M Brown Memorial Foundation
City of Cleveland – Department of Economic Development
The Cleveland Foundation
Cleveland Metropolitan School District
The Fred A. Lennon Charitable Trust
The Fund for Our Economic Future
The George Gund Foundation
Greater Cleveland Partnership
The Lozick Family Foundation
O'Neill Brothers Foundation
Reinberger Foundation
Swagelok Foundation
U.S. Department of Labor

Membership Program Partners

Grainger Supply
Oswald Companies
Spooner Incorporated
Spooner Safety Services
TPI Efficiency Consulting
Zito Insurance Agency Inc.

Thank You Sponsors


2021 Leaders

Board of Directors

* Gary Davis, Aetna Plastics Corp.
* James Domingo, The Domingo Group LLC
* Jessica Hartman, RSM US LLP
* Pete Accorti, Talan Products, Inc.
Renee Avampato, Magis Advisory Group
Bridgette Berthelot, Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company
Gwen Burg, Swagelok
Dan Collins, Wire Products Company
Mark Dawson, Cleveland Steel Tool Co.
Jason Drake, Dan T. Moore Company
Mark Kovach, Cleveland-Cliffs Inc.
Marilyn Kysela, Huntington Private Bank
Jay O'Neill, Lane Steel Co., Inc.
Tim Rosengarten, Voss Industries, Inc.
Jack Schron, Jr, Jergens, Inc.
Tom Schumann, Kitzel Inc.
* Robert Shenton, Plante Moran
Jon Shoop, Marcum LLP
Edward Steele, Bettcher Industries, Inc.
* Jason Tuma, Sikich, LLP
* Leslie Yerkes, President, Catalyst Consulting Group, Inc.
* Denotes Executive Committee member

Finance Committee

Jessica Hartman, , RSM US LLP
Yessmin Castro, North Coast Container LLC
Lauren Clark, PNC Commercial Banking
Dave McCarthy, Rea & Associates
Steve Paavola, Equipment Manufacturers International
Jon Shoop, Marcum LLP

Governance Committee

James Domingo, The Domingo Group LLC
Tim Rosengarten, Voss Industries, Inc.
Jack Schron, Jr, Jergens, Inc.

Growth and Transition Committee

Pete Accorti, Talan Products, Inc.
Stephen Caviness, Team NEO
Larry Fulton, LEFCO Worthington
Jessica Hartman, RSM US LLP
Phoebe Lee, VDP Safety & Uniforms Ltd.
James Marra, Blue Point Capital Partners, LLC
Tom Schumann, Kitzel Inc.
Eric Schwarz
Kiley Smith, CF Bank

Manufacturing Technology Committee

Edward Steele, Bettcher Industries, Inc.
Mark Bassett, Bassett Sprinkler Protection Inc.
Bob Beesley, Oatey
Linas Biliunas, Martindale Electric Co.
David Chilcote, Tap Packaging Solutions and The Chilcote Company
Dan Collins, Wire Products Company
Steve Craig, UCI Controls Inc.
Mark Dawson, Cleveland Steel Tool Co.
Annette Dockus, Jiffy Products International
Jay Foran, Team NEO
Jana Green
Andrew Gyekenyesi, Ohio Aerospace Institute
Shilpa Kedar, Cleveland State University
Jeff Martin, National Safety Apparel, Inc
Rick Phelps, ActionCOACH Team NEO
Dave Robinson, Royal Chemical Company
Buck Rodgers, Laszeray Technology, LLC
John Sbatella, Norman Noble, Inc.
Larry Sears, Case School of Engineering
Matt Ulepic, E Solutions LLC
Joe Work, MAGNET

Membership Committee

Jason Tuma, Sikich, LLP
Amy Blueter, Material Movement Solutions LLC
Leslie Buzalka, Glavin Industries, Inc.
James Domingo, The Domingo Group LLC
Rob Felber, Felber PR & Marketing
Jason Guyer, Schauer Group, Inc.
Ed Kubek, Royal Chemical Company
Todd Lancaster, Oswald Companies
Jim Lichtenberg, Schooley Mitchell
Mark Mazzone, Greater Cleveland Construction
Thomas Murphy, Advanced Controls, Inc.

People Committee

Leslie Yerkes, Catalyst Consulting Group, Inc.
Kalyn Berton, Jergens, Inc.
Ryan Bixler, Bettcher Industries, Inc.
Gary Bullard, DuPont Valley View & Stow Works
Karen Chambers
Lindsay DesJardins, StewMac

Resource Development Committee

Robert Shenton, Plante Moran
Renee Avampato, Magis Advisory Group
Fernando Bertero, Fully Promoted
Bridgette Berthelot, Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company
Mark Dawson, Cleveland Steel Tool Co.
Mark Kovach, Cleveland-Cliffs Inc.
Jay O'Neill, Lane Steel Co., Inc.
Jim Penttila, EOX Vantage
Tom Schumann, Kitzel Inc.
Kiley Smith, CF Bank

Workforce Development Committee

Marilyn Kysela, Huntington Private Bank
Gloria Baker, Community Works
Michelle Belviso, Jergens, Inc.
Olivia Bridges, National Safety Apparel, Inc
Gwen Burg, Swagelok
Lindsay DesJardins, StewMac
Goren Dillard, Urban League of Greater Cleveland
Jason Drake, Dan T. Moore Company
Mike Glavin, Greater Cleveland Partnership
Robert Guy, WLS Stamping Company
Laura Knaak, Integrity Staffing Services
Kelsey Lee, ADP
Maureen Pansky, Oatey Company
Debbi Perkul, MAGNET
Diane Rossa, DER Project Consulting
Tom Schumann, Kitzel Inc.
Adam Snyder, Talan Products, Inc.

2021 Financial Report





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