Medina County Manufacturing Expo to showcase local companies
MEDINA, Ohio – Medina County government and business leaders announced today that they will hold a showcase to celebrate the county’s manufacturing industry and to educate students and residents about manufacturing innovations and career opportunities.
The Made in Medina County Manufacturing Expo will take place Nov. 6 at the community center at the county fairgrounds. The all-day event featuring nearly 70 exhibiting manufacturers is expected to attract more than 500 visitors, according to organizers.
The expo is the brainchild of Medina Economic Development Director Kimberly Marshall. The city is working with officials from Brunswick and Wadsworth, the Medina County Economic Development Corporation and the Greater Medina and Brunswick Area chambers of commerce.
“This program has developed into another great Medina County collaborative process,” Medina Mayor Dennis Hanwell said at a press conference at the fairgrounds.
Marshall said the expo’s mission is to raise awareness about manufacturing in Medina County and educate residents and high school students about local companies’ economic impact and potential careers.
“We want to make sure the community understands the importance of the strong manufacturing base we have in Medina County,” Marshall said.
“This event gives us a chance to showcase our outstanding companies and will give our residents a chance to meet them and learn about their products,” she said.
Bethany Dentler, executive director of the Economic Development Corporation, said it is important to expose young people to careers in manufacturing.
For the last several years, Dentler’s group has organized the Manufacturing Road Show, which gives high school sophomores the chance to tour a local plant and talk with owners and employees.
She said having all the companies at the expo will allow students to explore different manufacturing industries, talk with business owners and gain hands-on experience.
Students will get to watch 3D printers in action and learn firsthand about welding in the mobile welding training center operated by the National Center for Welding Education and Training, in partnership with Lorain County Community College.
Weld-Ed will bring the 48-foot, self-contained trailer equipped with eight state-of-the-art welding stations to the expo.
“Welding is an occupation very much in demand by many Medina County manufacturers,” Dentler said.
“I think this trailer is going to be a huge hit with our attendees,” she said.
The students will also get to hear keynote speaker Thomas Frey, senior futurist at the DaVinci Institute.
Frey will talk about the future of manufacturing, the job outlook and recent innovations during a speech and question-and-answer session from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Tickets for his speech are $40, and include breakfast.
Exhibits and a resource room will be open to the public, at no charge, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. An ALICE active shooter training will be offered from 2:30 to 4 p.m.
“Pulling off a major event like this required collaboration from crucial partners throughout the county,” Dentler said.
These include more than two dozen municipal partners, chambers of commerce, organizations and businesses.
Major sponsors include Westfield Group, PNC Bank, Proximity Marketing and Shiloh.
For more information, visit www.madeinmedinacounty.com.