Engage! Cleveland and MAGNET to host manufacturing networking event and plant tour for Northeast Ohio’s young professionals


Cleveland, Ohio – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – Engage! Cleveland has created the new young professionals’ event “NEO Makers” with the goal to expose Greater Cleveland young professionals to the innovative and high-tech factories in the region, help build their manufacturing networks, and create a sense of community amongst this important group. Developed in partnership with MAGNET: The Manufacturing Advocacy and Growth Network, a local organization helping drive Northeast Ohio’s manufacturing growth, the event will be held on the evening of October 15, 2019 and features Cleveland-based manufacturer and distributor of plumbing products, Oatey Company.

“We are thrilled to partner with MAGNET and Oatey to offer young professionals in the community the chance to experience first-hand all that Northeast Ohio’s manufacturing industry has to offer,” said president of Engage! Cleveland, Ashley Basile Oeken. “Regardless of what field a young professional works in, this is a phenomenal opportunity to tap into the network of one of our region’s most vital industries.”

NEO Makers will run from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. and offers young professionals from all industries a behind the scenes look into the rapidly advancing field of manufacturing:

  • 5:30pm - Registration, Networking & Light Appetizers

  • 6:00pm - Welcome

  • 6:05pm - What’s New In Manufacturing? Neal Restivo, CEO, Oatey Co.

  • 6:35pm - Young Professional Spotlight, special appearance by a member of the Oatey family

  • 6:45pm - Facility Tour

  • 7:15pm - Networking

“The mission of MAGNET is to help small manufacturing businesses grow throughout Northeast Ohio,” said MAGNET’s Vice President of External Affairs, Matthew Fieldman. “One way to do that is to ensure there is a vibrant, connected community of young manufacturing workers of all backgrounds. While technology is critical to modern manufacturing, so are relationships, and we want to facilitate new connections between our companies and their employees in our region. The shared goals and alignment with Engage! Cleveland was perfect, and we’re excited to see if this new initiative will gain traction.”

Cleveland’s manufacturing renaissance is in full swing, with the industry contributing 15 percent of jobs in the region and driving over 40 percent of the economy. Engage! Cleveland and MAGNET are piloting this event to bring awareness to the growth of the industry by exposing area young professionals to interesting companies, exciting products and the variety of professional opportunities in the field.

Registration is now open. Those interested in attending should purchase tickets in advance at https://www.engagecleveland.org/calendar/2019/8/23/makers-in-cleveland-oatey-co.

To learn more about Engage! Cleveland or new programs, jobs and civic opportunities for young professionals in Cleveland, please visit engagecleveland.org and follow the organization on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and Twitter.


www.engagecleveland.org | 8200 Sweet Valley Drive, Suite 100 | Cleveland, OH 44125

About Engage! Cleveland

Engage! Cleveland is a community engagement organization for young professionals and business/community leaders who are passionate about making Cleveland a lasting home for the next generation. Our goal is to attract, engage and retain young, diverse talent to Greater Cleveland by connecting young professionals to people, jobs, organizations and events. You can find out more at www.engagecleveland.org.


MAGNET's mission is to help Northeast Ohio’s small and medium-sized manufacturing companies grow locally while competing globally. For more than 30 years, MAGNET has served the 18 counties of Northeast Ohio by creating jobs, accelerating the growth of our manufacturing sector, and increasing the vibrancy of our communities. MAGNET offers a range of hands-on consulting services to manufacturers as part of the Ohio Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) and NIST-MEP National Network. The MAGNET staff rolls up its sleeves to provide hands-on support ranging from new product design to operations, and brings education and business together to create tomorrow's manufacturers. Visit www.manufacturingsuccess.org for more information.

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