Posted Thursday, May 27, 2004
Ohio lost more than 150,000 manufacturing jobs since the year 2000. In 2004 many were wondering if Northeast Ohio would ever regain its stature as a manufacturing powerhouse. Would the manufacturing jobs that disappeared ever return? There was a time when manufacturing jobs were plentiful and industrial activity was a major force driving our regional economy. What led to the changes in this once dominant industry? Seven leaders from Northeast Ohio’s manufacturing sector evaluated what happened, what these changes meant to our region and what could be done to regain Northeast Ohio’s prominence as a giant in manufacturing.
Steven Williams, President and CEO, Elsons International
Susan Helper, Professor of Economics, Case Weatherhead School of Management Scott Rickert, President & CEO, Nanofilm
Jack H. Schron Jr., President, Jergens, Inc. and Tooling University
Jeffrey Korach, President and CEO, Tremco Inc.
Fatima Weathers, Executive Vice-President of Operations, CAMP Inc.
Bill Brake, Vice-President & General Manager, ISG Cleveland