Letter from our President and Executive Director

As we close another year, it is with immense pride and gratitude that I reflect on our remarkable journey. In a world of constant change and challenge, our commitment to workforce, manufacturing excellence, and leadership has been the cornerstone of our success.

Workforce Development

Employees are a company's greatest asset, and their growth and development are crucial to continued success. This year, we expanded our apprenticeship offerings, creating pathways for employees to gain hands-on experience and advanced training. Apprenticeship is not just about training; it is about building a future-ready workforce equipped with the skills and knowledge to lead manufacturing into tomorrow.

Manufacturing Excellence

Our stakeholders' pursuit of success fueled our dedication to manufacturing excellence programs that provide guidance on not only technology, but also operational efficiency, sustainable practice, and product innovation. Ensuring businesses have the right tools in place to pursue manufacturing excellence will pave the way for future growth.


As leadership in manufacturing transitions, we continue to provide

Leadership is the cornerstone of one's ability to inspire, innovate, and excel. This year, we have focused on nurturing leadership qualities across all levels of our stakeholder companies. Well prepared leaders can face the future with confidence and agility.

Looking Ahead

As we look to the future, we remain steadfast in our commitment to excellence in all that we do. Our strategic priorities will be developed even further as we work on a new strategic plan for the coming year. Stay tuned!

Are clear: to continue investing in our workforce, to drive operational and manufacturing excellence, and to build a sustainable and resilient organization.

Thank you for your ongoing commitment and partnership. Together, we will shape a brighter, more prosperous future.


Ken Patsey
President and Executive Director



Workforce Development

The number of apprentices in our registered program, doubled from 18 to 36. Seven apprentices successfully completed their program.

Engaged 137 supervisors from 40 different companies in Supervising for Success training, leading to the exploration or implementation of innovative workplace culture practices.



Recruited 21 people to go through Leadership Institute38% of whom are women/people of color.

Engaged 137 supervisors from 40 different companies in Supervising for Success training, leading to the exploration or implementation of innovative workplace culture practices.




Manufacturing Excellence

Six local manufacturers began actively building Strategic Roadmaps


Since its inception in 1996, the core components of the Cleveland Industrial Retention Initiative (CIRI) have been outreach, assessment, and service delivery. Outreach by the Cleveland Industrial Retention Initiative (CIRI) in 2023 included:

  • 225 Assessments, representing 10,335 employees
  • 226 Services for 116 companies

2023 CIRI Services Graph

Read the full 2022 CIRI Economic Impact Report.

2023 Members

A.J. Rose Manufacturing Co

Absolute Machine Tools

Acchroma, Inc.

ActionCOACH Team NEO

Adams Automatic, Inc.

Advance Paint Technology, Ltd.

Advanced Controls, Inc.

Advanced Polymer Coatings

Advanced Secondaries, Inc.

Advanced Welding Solutions, LLC

Aetna Plastics Fabrication, a Harrington Company

Aetna Plating Company Inc.

AgriNomix LLC

Air Products and Chemicals, Inc.

Akron Tool & Die

Alliance Industrial Solutions

Allied Tool & Die Inc.

Alloy Engineering Company


Anchor Ceramic Blade Technologies

Anchor Die Technologies, Inc.

Anchor Manufacturing Group, Inc.

Anchor Metal Processing, Inc

Anchor Tool & Die

Apex Paper Box Co

APICS, Akron Chapter

Applied Metals Technology

ArcAlloy Custom Metal Fab & Welding

Architectural Products Development, Inc.

Art Galvanizing Works

ASG, div. of Jergens, Inc.

ASK Chemicals LP

Auto Bolt Co.

Automation Plastics Corporation

Automation Tool & Die


Axiom Manufacturing Systems

Bank of America

Barnes Wendling

Beacon Marshall Companies DBA EM Construction

Beckett Thermal

Bee Valve

Berea Hardwoods

Wayne Bergman

Bridgette Berthelot

Bettcher Industries, Inc.

Black Tip, LLC

Boutique IT Solutions (BITS)

Bowden Manufacturing


BWX Technologies, Inc.


Carleton McKenna

Catalyst Consulting Group, Inc.

Cavitch Familo & Durkin Co. LPA

Centurion Security Screen, Inc.

CF Bank

Chemical Solvents, Inc.


City Plating

City Thermoelectrics LLC

Ciuni & Panichi, Inc.

Cleveland Industrial Innovation Center

Cleveland Machinery Sales, Inc.

Cleveland Menu Printing

Cleveland Steel Tool Co.

Cleveland Wire Cloth & Manufacturing

Cleveland-Cliffs Inc.

CMIT Solutions of Cleveland Downtown & East

Control Electric Company, Inc.

Conveyer & Caster Corp.

Cook-Leitch & Associates, Inc.

Judith Crocker

Croghan Colonial Bank

Crossroads Advisers/Succession Plus

Cuyahoga County Solid Waste District

CW Industrial Partners

D.A. Surgical

Dan T. Moore Company

David Wolfe Design, Inc.

Day Piston Co.

Day-Glo Color Corp

DEM Manufacturing

Dennison Creative

Dependable Stamping Company

Die-Cut Products Co.

Die-Matic Corporation

Digital Leaf Media Consulting, LLC

Dise & Company

Diversified Fall Protection

Dollar Bank

Dreison: DCM Manufacturing, Inc.

Dreison: Maradyne Corporation

Du West Tool & Die, Inc

Duffy+Duffy Cost Segregation Services


Duray Plating Company

e2b Teknologies

Eagle Elastomer


Efficient Machine Products Corp.

Elco Corporation

Electric Cord Sets

Elevate Sales Solutions--powered by Sales Xceleration

Ely Enterprises, Inc.

Embedded Planet

Empire Die Casting Company

Enerco Group Inc.

Energy Management Specialists, Inc.

EOX Vantage

Equipment Manufacturers International

Erie Industrial Equipment, Inc.


Essential Sealing Products

Essential Sealing Products

Euro-USA Midwest

Evergreen Industrial Batteries LLC

EZ Snap Covers


Farmers National Bank

Fastsigns Downtown Cleveland

Federal Gear

Felber PR & Marketing

Feldenkris CFO Services, LLC


Fike Developing and Excavating, Inc.

First Commonwealth Bank

Flow Polymers, LLC


Fulcrum ConsultingWorks, Inc.

Fully Promoted


Gates Group Advisors, LLC

Gebauer Company

Gem Tool

General Metal Heat Treating, Inc.

Giesecke + Devrient


Glavin ID

Global Business Consultants

Globe Pipe Hanger Products, Inc.

Good Engineering and Marine Service, LLC

Gotta Groove Records


Granite Steel & Processing, Inc.


Great Lakes Brewing Canning Facility

Great Lakes Brewing Company

Great Lakes Towing Company

Halvorsen Co.

Heat Seal/Ampak

HGR Industrial Surplus

Hinkley Lighting, Inc.

HKB Enterprises

HKM Direct Market Communications

Horizons HR Services

Jeb Howard

HP Manufacturing

Hubbell Machine Tooling, Inc.

Huntington Bank - Business Banking West

Huntington National Bank

Huntington Private Bank

IER Fujikura Inc

Impact Armor Technologies LLC

Inglewood Associates LLC

Inova Staffing


Jamestown Container Companies

Jedi D365 Consulting, LLC

Jergens, Inc.

Jiffy Products International

JIS, div. of Jergens, Inc.

Jones Drones Cleveland

Joseph T. Snyder Industries, Inc.

JTM Products, Inc.

Kaufman, Drozdowski & Grendell, LLC

Kay Chemical Company

Kerek Industries, LLC

KeyBank - Commercial Bank

Keystone Threaded Products

Kitzel Inc.

Kuhn Fabricating Inc

KYOCERA SGS Precision Tools, Inc.

La Bamba Foods

Lakeside Supply Company

Lakewood Automation


Landi Industries

Lane Steel Co., Inc.

Laszeray Technology, LLC

Lewis Unlimited Inc.

Lincoln Electric Holdings Inc.

Lowe Chemical

Lucas Precision

Lytkowski & Co. Inc

Mach3, An Alloy Engineering Company

Magis Advisory Group

Maloney + Novotny LLC

Marcum LLP

Margin Authority, LLC

Martindale Electric Co.

Material Movement Solutions LLC

Meaden & Moore

Melin Tool Company

J Mentrek

Menyhart Plumbing & Heating Supply

Meyer Products (Aebi-Schmidt)

Mgt. Advisors, LLC

Midwest Box Company/Walford Industrial Park

Midwest Compressor Co., Inc.

Midwest Transatlantic Lines, Inc.

Monroe Tool & Manufacturing Co.

Montville Plastics & Rubber, LLC

Moreland Connect

MPC Silent Wall

Msports Inc

National Commercial Warehouse

National Office Services, Inc

National Safety Apparel, Inc


Neverman Insurance Agency

North Coast Container LLC

Numerequip, Inc.

Oatey Company

Ohio Awning & Manufacturing Company

Ohio Laser Cleaning and Rust Removal

Ohio Travel Bag

On Technology Partners

Operations Feedback Systems

Optio Tempore LLC

Orlando Baking Company

Oswald Companies

OWETEC Services Company

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

Pilot Plastics

Pioneer Products

Plasman Cleveland

PMI Industries

PNC Commercial Banking

Polaris Automation, Inc.

Pompili Precast Concrete

Premier Development Partners, LLC

Presrite Corporation - Bessemer

Presrite Corporation - HQ

Prevail Transaction Partners

Productivity Solutions

Producto Dieco

Products Chemical Company LLC

Quality IP

Rainbow Rubber Extrusions

Ratliff & Taylor

Re:Build CDi

Rea & Associates

Red Seal Electric Company, Inc.


Redmond Waltz

Reed Powder Coating

RGI Creative, Inc.


Ridge Tool/Emerson Manufacturing Company

Rise Together

RML Tool & Die

Robo Workforce LLC

Rockport Ready Mix

Roetzel & Andress

Royal Chemical Company

Royal Wire Products, Inc.


Sandler Training Powered by MP Solutions

ScaleCo Capital

Schauer Group, Inc.

Schooley Mitchell

Sea Air Space Machining & Molding

Seaway Bolt & Specials Corp

Seeley Savidge Ebert Gourash

Semco Carbon

Sherwin-Williams Company

Sikich, LLP


Singleton Corporation

Skyhawk Resources, LLC

Skylift, Inc.

Solon Specialty Wire dba Liberty Steel

Soundwich Inc.

Spooner Incorporated

St. Johns Ship Building

Standard Machine LLC

Stata Productions

Edward Steele

Steve Trapp Associates, Inc.



Swift Filters, Inc.



  1. J. Davies Company, Inc.

Talan Products, Inc.

Tango Echo Bravo Manufacturing, Inc.

Tap Packaging Solutions and The Chilcote Company

Team Wendy, LLC

Tempest, Inc.

Terves Engineered Response

Tesar Industrial Contractors

The Bonnot Company

The Domingo Group LLC

The Garland Company, Inc.

The Gent Machine Company

The J.L. Taylor Company, Inc.

The Pipe Line Development Company

The Technology House, Ltd.

Thogus Products Co.

Timco Rubber Products, Inc.

Tooling Solutions LLC

Tortilleria La Bamba LLC

Total Distribution, Inc.

TPI Efficiency Consulting

TransitioNext Advisors

Tremco, Inc.

Tribco, Inc.

Triggs Technologies

Triton Duro Werks/Zip Tool & Die Co.

Troy Innovative Instruments

Trust Manufacturing

UCI Controls Inc.


UNIQUE Paving Materials Corp.

Universal Grinding Corporation

Universal Oil Inc.

University of Cincinnati Partnership Development Team

Urban League of Greater Cleveland

Utmost Potential, LLC

V2 Technology

Venture Plastics, Inc.



Voss Industries, Inc.

Warwick Products Co.

Bruce Waterhouse

Waterlox Coatings Corporation

Werner G. Smith, Inc.

Westfield Bank

Weston Hurd LLP

Westside Supply Company, Inc.

Wickens Herzer Panza

Wire Laboratories Co.

Wire Products Company

WLS Fabricating Company

WLS Stamping Company

John Wojton

Work Horse Integrations

Workman Industrial Services Inc.

Xadite Perceptions LLC

YES Electric Inc.

Zaclon, LLC

Zinner & Co., LLP

Zito Insurance Agency Inc.

Zoetic Global


2023 Investors

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

Patricia and Charles Mintz Philanthropic Fund of the Jewish Federation of Cleveland
Ken Patsey
Schron Family Foundation
Edward Steele

Individual Donors ($20-$999)

Adam Artman
Karen Chambers
Mark Dawson
Marilyn Kysela
Aaron Morrow
Mari-Elen Sammon
Anne Schaum

Corporate Donors

Cleveland Steel Tool Co.
KeyBank - Public Square
Martindale Electric Co.
Royal Wire Products, Inc.
Talan Products, Inc.
Tap Packaging Solutions and The Chilcote Company
WLS Stamping Company

Program Support

The Catherine L & Edward A Lozick Foundation
City of Cleveland – Department of Economic Development
Cleveland-Cliffs Inc.
The Cleveland Foundation
Cleveland Metropolitan School District
The George Gund Foundation
KeyBank Foundation
The Lozick Family Foundation
Ohio Means Jobs
O'Neill Brothers Foundation
Swagelok Foundation
U.S. Department of Labor
U.S. Economic Development Administration

Membership Program Partners

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

2023 Program and Event Sponsors



2023 Leaders

Board of Directors

* James Domingo, The Domingo Group LLC
* Pete Accorti, Talan Products, Inc.
* Jon Shoop, Marcum LLP
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.
Jack Schron, Jr, Jergens, Inc.
Tom Schumann, Kitzel Inc.
* Robert Shenton, Plante Moran
Edward Steele, Bettcher Industries, Inc.
* Jason Tuma, Sikich, LLP
* Leslie Yerkes, Catalyst Consulting Group, Inc.
* Denotes Executive Committee member

Finance Committee

Jon Shoop, Marcum LLP
Lauren Clark, PNC
Jessica Hartman, RSM US 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
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.
Linas Biliunas, Martindale Electric Co.
David Chilcote, Tap Packaging Solutions and The Chilcote Company
Dan Collins, Wire Products Company
Steve Craig, UCI Controls Inc.
Sara Daugherty, Brite Energy Innovators
Mark Dawson, Cleveland Steel Tool Co.
Jay Foran,
Andrew Gyekenyesi, Parallax Research (Ohio Aerospace Institute)
Nathaniel Hines, DuPont
Shilpa Kedar, Cleveland State University
Jeff Martin, National Safety Apparel, Inc
Dave Robinson, Royal Chemical Company
Buck Rodgers, Laszeray Technology, LLC
John Sbatella, Norman Noble, Inc.
Joe Work, MAGNET

Membership Committee

Leslie Buzalka, Glavin Industries, Inc.
James Domingo, The Domingo Group LLC
Rob Felber, Felber PR & Marketing
Todd Lancaster, Oswald Companies
Jim Lichtenberg, Schooley Mitchell
Thomas Murphy, Advanced Controls, Inc.
Jason Tuma, Sikich, LLP

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, Lincoln Electric Holdings Inc.
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,
Olivia Bridges, GrafTech International
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, Inova Staffing
Kelsey Lee, ADP
Maureen Pansky, Oatey Company - IP
Tom Schumann, Kitzel Inc.
Adam Snyder, Talan Products, Inc.

2023 Financial Report

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