HELP Foundation helps people live their best lives


(Courtesy of Guest Blogger Doug Knoop, chief development & communications officer with HELP Foundation, Inc.)

“How’s your day going David?” “Just great, I’ve been working since this morning, and I’m ready to head home and relax!”

This is exactly what I was hoping to hear from David, and he wasn’t just saying that to please me. He’d had a long day working at HELP U Shred and was looking forward to getting home. While not an uncommon experience for most people, this was a great step for David and an indicator of the value and success of the HELP U Shred vocational program. David has lived his life coping with a developmental disability, but that doesn’t mean he is unaware of the world he lives in, or the implications of his disability. In fact David, and most of his peers, know that they’re disabled, know what that means for their lives, and face the world each morning with their own hopes and dreams. Assisting people like David to live their best life is at the heart of HELP Foundation’s mission of service.

Employment is one of the biggest challenges facing people who have a developmental disability. Job training, personal skill development, and bolstering the self-confidence of the individual are keys to employment and are the focus of HELP U Shred. Our vocational training program is a successful business that provides secure document destruction and recycling services to government and commercial customers. Servicing our many contracts means that all 54 HELP U Shred training employees are faced with real-world workplace demands and expectations. They work hard and know that they are valued members of the team. What they also know is that, unlike many other job training programs, they aren’t being paid a sub-minimum or piece-work wage. HELP U Shred pays the full state minimum wage to trainees. That doesn’t sound like a big deal, but it is remarkably rare, and it makes a big difference in the lives of folks like David.

HELP U Shred is only one part of HELP Foundation’s array of services that reach more than 700 people each year through housing, adult day support, and specialized programs for seniors and children. Serving Northeast Ohio since 1965, HELP celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2015 with the opening of the HELP Administration & Training Campus on Euclid Avenue.

For more information about HELP, such as our May 22 Run for Awareness 5k in Euclid, please visit

Euclid mayor gives annual state-of-the-city address


Almost 100 area business and community leaders gathered on Feb. 24 at Tizzano’s Party Center in Euclid, Ohio, for Mayor Kirsten Holzheimer Gail’s state-of-the-city address. After only two months in office, Mayor Gail shared her vision for community safety, business development and growth, infrastructure improvements, programming, and preservation of community assets. Some of these investments include adding police, fire and legal resources; bringing in new business and helping current businesses expand their facilities; making sewer, water, road, parks and recreation improvements; providing additional senior and community-entertainment programming; and preserving the animal shelter, golf course and waterfront.

Chamber leaders conducted a mini networking event at each table prior to the luncheon of salad, rolls, lasagna, zucchini and squash, and spumoni ice cream. Each member of the table gave his or her name, title, company info and one interesting piece of information the others at the table might not know about them. Quickly, strangers became friends and learned how much they had in common. One thing you might not know about HGR’s own Ron Tiedman is that he used to bartend at Tizzano’s. Mike Tizzano was glad to have him visiting as a guest.

Counseling service helps manufacturers maintain a drugfree workplace

Moore Counseling & Mediation Services (MCMS) was started in Euclid, Ohio, in 1999 by Dr. Martina Moore and her husband, Brian Moore, and was relocated in 2007 to its current facility at 22639 Euclid Avenue in order to expand and offer workshops and trainings.

The Moores live in Euclid, and both of their sons attended Euclid High School. They located their business here due to their connection with the city and its central location between the far eastern and far western suburbs. Initially, they provided addiction counseling services to manufacturers throughout Ohio, including drugfree workplace training and policy manual creation, as well as employee assistance programs. They have since opened satellite facilities to serve downtown Cleveland and Elyria and see a total of 500 clients per week between all three locations.

The Moores joined the Euclid Chamber of Commerce 10 years ago to provide services to chamber members and organizations that network with the chamber. Mr. Moore has been a board member since that time. Dr. Moore says, “We enjoy the networking events, working to bring new businesses into the community, and helping those businesses already in the community grow and develop. It makes us feel that we are not an island; we can connect and find support from other business owners.” Currently, the chamber rents space in their facility.

Here are some ways MCMS helps local manufacturers and businesses:

  • Employee-to-employee conflict mediation within an organization
  • Manager-and-employee communication counseling and plan creation
  • Collective bargaining negotiations
  • Interventions to assist family or friends to encourage a loved one to seek help
  • Outpatient mental health assessment and ongoing care for challenges with drugs, alcohol, and depression
  • Domestic violence, anger management and parenting counseling and support services

MCMS helps those individuals with medical insurance or Medicaid and those who cannot afford services through the support of a grant. It also has a doctor on staff who administers an opiate-blocker medication to those with a heroin or prescription drug problem. MCMS recently received a grant to open a home for women involved in trafficking. Dr. Moore believes in taking her practice into the community to make a difference because, as she says, “Everyone knows someone who needs help.”

Q&A with Nikolai Gionti, MMA fighter and HGR employee

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Q: How and when did you get involved in mixed martial arts (MMA)?

A: I started training when I was a sophomore in college. I had always had an interest in the sport, and my dad has been involved with martial arts for years, but I never pulled the trigger. When I was at Ohio University, I was a journalism major and started covering MMA. I became good friends with a fighter who I started working with while doing Jiu Jitsu down in Athens, Ohio.


Q: What interested you about MMA?

A: I have always been an individual trapped in team sports. I played baseball through high school, but never liked having to rely on people for my success or failure. Even though I have a gym behind me, at the end of the day, if I win or lose, it’s on me.


Q: What are your MMA goals?

A: My goal is turn pro before the end of this year and make my pro debut in 2016, as well. Ohio Athletic Commission rules state that you need five fights and at least a .500 record before going pro. I’m currently undefeated and the Explosive Fight Promotions amateur flyweight champion.


Q: How often do you train and with whom?

A: I train six days per week between GriffonRawl MMA Academy in Mentor and Strong Style in Independence. GriffonRawl is my main gym and home to two Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) veterans, but I have been lucky enough to travel to Strong Style once per week to work with current UFC Fighter Jessica Eye and other smaller-weight-class fighters.


Q: Who taught you?

A: I’ve been taught by everyone and pulled a lot from different people to create my own individual style. My head coach, Jason Dent, has taught me plenty of things both standing and on the ground and been an amazing corner through every fight. Donny Walker has been my head boxing coach and worked on my takedown defense. George Comer has improved my wrestling immensely. Mike Lachina is the Judo instructor, as well as a submission wizard; so, we’ve worked on a lot of things, and Aaron Veverka has helped me with my Muay Thai.


Q: Who is your hero?

A: I have always looked up to my dad, and he’s been a huge influence to me throughout my time fighting. He’s allowed me to take a risk in order to follow my dreams. It’s a struggle, but he’s there each and every day, whether it’s just as support or trying to get me more sponsors. It has been huge to have him here.


Q: What do you want people to know about MMA?

A: The big thing I want people to know, and it’s not as widespread or believed as it once was, is that we’re not all thugs or dropouts that just do this as a final option. I have a college degree. Other fighters I know have master’s degrees. It’s a growing sport and gives college wrestlers an opportunity after college, as well as lifelong martial artists. There are some people who don’t represent it the “right way,” but that’s in every sport. A lot of us are well-educated, hard-working and could do other things, but just happened to choose this for whatever reason.

Q: What advice do you have for others interested in MMA?

A: The best advice that I can give anyone who wants to compete in MMA is to find a good gym. Amateur MMA is like the wild, wild West. You’re going to have people who are dedicated and working hard every day, and you’re also going to have people who just want to say they fight. If someone really wants to take the necessary steps, be prepared to train for at least a year, compete in grappling tournaments, get beat up and be the low man on the totem pole for a while before you get the opportunity to enter a sanctioned fight. You’re going to be the hammer a lot; so, embrace the grind.

How does manufacturing benefit Northeast Ohio?

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(Courtesy of Guest Blogger Ethan Karp, president and CEO, Manufacturing Advocacy and Growth Network)

When you glance at the numbers, it’s not surprising to learn that manufacturing is of critical importance to our region. In addition to boasting $99.8 billion in gross domestic product, Ohio ranks third in the nation in manufacturing employment. On a regional level, 50 percent of all jobs in Northeast Ohio are tied to the sector, and smaller manufacturers have proven to be a driver for our local economy by producing over 40 percent of our local GDP.

But manufacturing as a whole also is plagued with challenges stemming from an evolving work climate. Many companies fear new technologies, and hundreds of Baby Boomers will retire in the next decade, which will create job vacancies and a sense of uncertainty. But instead of fearing the future, our region should view this as an opportunity. In fact, these things – among others – will allow us to head in new directions.

Manufacturers in Northeast Ohio can achieve success through several avenues, including, but not limited to:

  • Creating new products or innovating existing ones
  • Streamlining operations and emphasizing efficiency in all areas of the business
  • Attracting and retaining quality employees
  • Developing a well-conceived talent strategy
  • Getting acquainted with new technologies, such as additive manufacturing

Each of these has its own benefits: Newer and successful products can lead to company expansion, which generates jobs. Additional positions create a plethora of opportunities for many people, which paves the way for the reestablishment of the middle class. New technologies in manufacturing also can spread to other parts of the community, which allows for stability and prosperity in the region as a whole.

Through in-house resources and a wide variety of partnerships, MAGNET: The Manufacturing Advocacy and Growth Network is committed to establishing Northeast Ohio as a center for growth in manufacturing. As part of the Ohio Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP), our organization strives to empower companies by helping them utilize their full potential through innovation.

Among our biggest and most recent successes is our work with LEFCO Worthington, a Cleveland manufacturer of wood crates, palettes, and other products used to ship and transport products. The company found a new set of challenges accompanied several consecutive years of growth; this led to slowing of operations and high turnover. After connecting with one of our experts, LEFCO was able implement standardized bays and improve company culture through communication and accountability, which led to more consistency, job retention, and strong relationships between employees and upper management. Don’t just take my word for it – watch what CEO Larry Fulton had to say in our LEFCO Worthington success story video.

If you’re a small to mid-size manufacturer in Northeast Ohio, I highly encourage you to reach out to MAGNET. Our team has been helping companies in the region for more than three decades, and our staff offers expertise in several areas, including product and process development, engineering, workforce, and market research. Contact Linda Barita at 216.391.7766 or email for a consultation!

Industrial surplus is a win for everyone in the pipeline



Surplus equipment is re-usable:

  • By other manufacturers who prefer to purchase used equipment
  • As parts in the repair of other equipment
  • By “makers” in making other products
  • As scrap when the equipment is not useable or in demand

If a manufacturer or fabricator no longer can use a piece of equipment and sells it to HGR Industrial Surplus to get capital to reinvest into another piece of equipment or into a product line upgrade, nothing goes to waste and everyone benefits. How?

  • The seller earns more for the equipment or surplus than he or she would earn by throwing it out or scrapping it.
  • HGR often can resell the equipment to a manufacturer who needs it.
  • That manufacturer can save money by purchasing used equipment.
  • If the equipment cannot be resold, HGR transports that equipment to our facility, breaks it down and renders it to a scrapyard.
  • The scrapyard further strips the equipment then sells it to mills or recyclers.
  • They use the recycled material to make new materials.
  • Those materials are sold to manufacturers that make new products or equipment.
  • The recycled metal is put back into service when a customer buys that new capital equipment.
  • The surplus stays out of landfills.

We talked to one large scrapyard that deals only with corporate contracts: Cleveland Wire and Metal Recycling, LLC, owned by Michael Grinshpun, president. With a background in electrical and mechanical engineering and after working for another scrapyard, he opened his doors and has done business with HGR since 1995. He found HGR, first as a customer, when he was looking for the equipment to build a machine that separates copper wire from its insulation, then, in 2003, he began buying our scrap equipment that did not sell. He now hauls any unsold items, as needed, from our facility.

Business was great for a long time, but Grinshpun says the industry hit bottom in 2015 due to the economy. He says that many smelting companies have gone out of business due to low demand, and companies that used to buy from him now are buying overseas more inexpensively due to war-torn countries, desperate for money, that are giving away finished products for the same price for which scrap is selling in the U.S. Scrappers are hoping in 2016 that scrap availability in these countries has been exhausted. Then, buyers will come back to domestic suppliers, and the industry will experience an upswing.

Although steel is commanding the lowest price, other metals also are low. Precious metals, such as gold, platinum and silver, currently are commanding the highest price then come copper and nickel alloys. For February, forecasters are predicting a flat market, which he considers good since prices will not change dramatically. When asked about a solution to this problem, he shares his opinion that some countries impose an embargo on selling scrap overseas. They use everything domestically and don’t rely on other economies, thereby keeping the money in the country which helps to improve that country’s economy. “Everyone in the country gets a piece of the pie,” he states.

Grinshpun gives four reasons as to why manufacturers should sell industrial surplus to a reseller, such as HGR:

  1. To get additional capital
  2. To free production space and add capacity
  3. To contribute to a healthy economy by keeping skilled workers employed
  4. To be environmentally responsible

For more information on an industrial scrap contract, Michael Grinshpun can be reached at 216-429-2442 or


Euclid chamber’s Feb. 9 “Coffee Connections” brings together community members


Coffee Connections at HGROn Feb. 9, 24 members of the Euclid Chamber of Commerce and the community gathered in the morning at HGR Industrial Surplus’ headquarters in Euclid, Ohio, to network over Starbuck’s coffee and Peace, Love and Little Donuts’ donuts before taking a tour of HGR’s showroom. The showroom is open to the public and includes new and used manufacturing equipment, industrial surplus, tools, machinery, construction supplies, and office equipment and supplies.

HGR buys and sells, literally, anything, and serves as a conduit between customers looking for affordable, used machinery, equipment and supplies and manufacturers hoping to recoup some portion of their initial capital investments.

The chamber’s next event will be the State of the City Address Luncheon on Feb. 24 at noon at Tizzano’s Party Center. Pre-registration is required. Its next “Coffee Connections” will be held on Mar. 8 from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. at the National Cleveland-Style Polka Hall of Fame at 605 E. 222nd Street and is free and open to the public, although pre-registration through the chamber is appreciated. This monthly event is held at a different Euclid business so that members of the community and the chamber can network while learning about area businesses and what they do.


HGR’s internal departments buy and sell industrial surplus


How it all happens:

  1. The inbound lead-generation process to find items to buy starts with the Call Center in Austin, Texas, which makes an average of 155 cold calls per person per day from leads in our database and lists that we purchase. Sometimes, a customer will call HGR’s Buy Department or a lead will come in through our website, a vendor or a referral.
  2. The qualified leads go to the buyers who contact the customer to set up an inspection (in person or via photos).
  3. The buyer then decides whether to offer a bid to the customer or pass on the item(s).
  4. If the buyer decides to offer, he puts the photos and write up into a folder for the Buy Department. That team types up the deal and composes an offer.
  5. The bidding supervisor in the Buy Department looks for similar items in our system or online then assigns a retail price and a bid price at 1/3 retail to allow for shipping and profit margin. In addition, this person adds notes with a best- or worst-case retail price range.
  6. The buyer can change these numbers based on his knowledge of the customer then completes the bid and sends an email to the customer.
  7. Bid negotiations ensue. If the offer is accepted, the Buy Department creates a P.O. The goal is $38,000-40,000/day in P.O.s. Accounting will cut the check the same day and send it out via UPS.
  8. The Shipping Department will schedule the transportation of the item to HGR’s showroom.
  9. When it arrives, the Receiving Department unloads the trucks, lines up the items, unwraps/unpackages/uncrates the item, cleans it and puts it on a pallet if one is needed. Then, Receiving moves the item to the new arrivals area.
  10. The item(s) then go to the Pricing and Inventory group within the Buy Department. That team prices, photographs, tags, labels and gathers information about the item. The information is entered by a clerk and data entry into the website. At this point, the item is live and available for purchase. Some items are purchased online immediately and never make it onto the showroom floor.
  11. The Showroom Department organizes the showroom floor and makes room for incoming items then moves the items from the new arrivals area to the proper aisle on the showroom floor. An item usually does not spend more than an average of six months on the floor before being sold or marked for scrap, but it depends on the cost of the item, the specialty/desirability and the current cost of scrap. Showroom also pulls orders and loads the items for the customers or takes them to Shipping after they have been purchased. Showroom also unloads returned items.
  12. From the day an item is sold, the customer has 30 days to pay and 45 days to move it. Our Shipping Department also can schedule pickup and delivery of purchased items for the customer.
  13. Some items never make it to the showroom, not because they are sold as soon as they are listed, but because HGR’s eBay Department takes the items to list. They sell approximately 45-50 items per day at an average of $120/item. All items are listed with a starting bid of $3.99 and must weigh under 150 pounds. Of the items listed, only about five per week do not sell.
  14. Approximately 12 salespeople work in the Sales Department. They are responsible for 85 percent of HGR’s sales. They handle phoned-in inquiries, walk-ins and website purchase requests. For seven days after the item is received, they are not able to discount the item, but they can document an offer and set a task to call the customer back when we are able to meet his/her price. Since we do not have an accounts receivable department, Sales is responsible for collecting payment on sold items. The salespeople continue to follow up with the customer to encourage pickup. Many of our customers are dealers who repair and resell equipment, and 15 to 20 percent of our customers are outside of the U.S.
  15. Items from Receiving, Ebay or Showroom that do not sell become the property of the Scrap Department. This team will break them down (aluminum, stainless, gold leaf, sheet metal, copper, circuit boards, etc.), drain the oil and clean the items in order to get more money from the scrapyards. When the items are stripped, they are taken to bins outside the loading bays to await removal.
  16. Other individuals and departments support this buy-and-sell pipeline. Through the efforts of Marketing, additional leads are generated, and brand is enhanced. Human Resources brings in and supports the employees who get the work done. Maintenance takes care of the team’s building, grounds and physical needs. Safety ensures we meet federal and state requirements by minimizing the risk of accident and injury to employees and customers. The CFO, controller and finance team handle leases, loans, investments, taxes, ERP Systems, technology, reporting, vendor management and many of the back-office ops that keep us running like a well-oiled machine.

HGR unveils Manufacturing Resource Center


On Feb. 8, HGR Industrial Surplus and The Manufacturing Advocacy & Growth Network (MAGNET) opened a STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, mathematics) resource center in HGR’s customer lounge at 20001 Euclid Ave., Euclid, Ohio.

The center houses pamphlets, handouts, books and periodicals that provide information about educational and manufacturing opportunities, as well as information about MAGNET’s services and programming. HGR also will create an online center with links to these and other resources.

Some of the organizations that have information available in the center include: Fabricators & Manufacturers Association, International; National Association of Manufacturers; the five Ohio regional representatives of the Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MAGNET, TechSolve, CIFT, PolymerOhio, APEG and FastLane); local colleges and universities with industrial, technical and manufacturing courses and programs; Ingenuity Cleveland; and the Nickel Plate Historical & Technical Society.



Euclid High School battle bot takes shape with help from Home Depot

Battle bot frame assembly

Courtesy of Maurice Kirkland, store manager at Home Depot, 877 E. 200th Street, Euclid, Ohio, and HGR Industrial Surplus, the Euclid High School Robotics Team now has all the tools it needs to finish building its competition battle robot that will go head to head with other local schools on Apr. 30 at Lakeland Community College. Home Depot donated $75 of community coupons for the team to use toward the purchase of tools in the store; HGR covered the rest.

With the funds, the team has purchased: a cordless drill with drill bits, screwdriver sets, Allen key sets, a toolbox, a reciprocating saw, a center punch, metal files, needle-nose pliers, channellocks, tin snips and locking pliers.

To date, the team has finished the frame and has about 90 percent of the pieces that go inside the robot. The frame is about six pounds, which the team plans to reduce.  The rest of the parts, without the weapon, come to about seven pounds. According to Bob Torrelli, Physics Department chair, “Since there is a 15-pound limit, the robot needs to go on a diet because the weapon is going to be more than two pounds.” SC Industries is machining the weapon, while Fredon machines the frame.

Torrelli says, “The excitement is growing, and the students have set a goal to have the robot fully assembled with the weapon by Mar. 1.  This will allow them almost two months to fine tune the robot before the competition.”

Professional development drives more effective communication

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(courtesy of Guest Blogger Matt Williams, chief marketing officer, HGR Industrial Surplus)

Last summer, I was approached by Tina Dick, HGR’s human resources manager, about the possibility of teaching a communications course for a number of our line supervisors. Management felt that improving communications in our back-of-the-house departments could have a positive impact on employee retention and profitability, and Tina saw an opportunity to put my background as an educator to use to further this objective.

As a former college professor and high school teacher, I have taught oral communication, public speaking, and a variety of life-skills courses through the years. Of course, the key in any teaching role is to understand your audience and meet them where they are; so, I spent quite a bit of time during the eight sessions getting to know the guys who were taking the course. We discussed difficulties that they were having with communicating effectively to their subordinates, and I gathered quite a bit of valuable feedback that helped me to shape the course. Topics that we covered during the eight weeks included: active listening, feedback, nonverbal communication, giving direction effectively, and offering respect in anticipation of receiving respect in return.

At the end of the eight sessions, each supervisor received a certificate signifying his completion of the course. It was clear from their involvement and participation that they appreciated being included in this opportunity. It was critical to approach the course as an opportunity for professional development in order to gain buy-in from the supervisors. As professionals, we all have areas where we can improve our performance. Such continuous improvement drives business growth, and it is something that we should all strive for. It was deeply rewarding to see these HGR employees develop as individuals and employees.

“Made in Collinwood” branding initiative supports area makers

Jerry Schmidt, Waterloo 7 Studio and Gallery
Jerry Schmidt, Waterloo 7 Studio and Gallery

(Courtesy of Guest Blogger Joe Barbaree, business development specialist, Northeast Shores Development Corporation)

You might know about North Collinwood’s vibrant arts community, but have you met the neighborhood’s makers?

The makers movement is a marriage of art, craft, technology and small-scale entrepreneurship that is redefining the world of start-up companies. During the past decade of Northeast Shores Development Corporation’s creative placemaking and attracting artists to North Collinwood, a considerable number of makers moved to and began working in the neighborhood. Some makers have been here for decades.

From old-world sausage to limited-edition prints to graphic design and even world-renowned sails, there are small businesses making things by hand every day in North Collinwood.

Unfortunately, in the Venn diagram of makers and artists, only those makers who blended into the arts world were really connected with Northeast Shores’ support services and marketing vehicles because of the organization’s heavy engagement with the arts. Maker Venn Diagram

Made in Collinwood – the newest program from Northeast Shores – rose out of the realization that the incredible number of makers in the neighborhood went unrecognized and missed opportunities to better brand themselves, connect with resources and scale their enterprises. Made in Collinwood aims to address these issues, revitalize the neighborhood’s commercial corridors, support makers and underscore these unique businesses.

The program is still in the early stages, but initial research is leading to sweeping recommendations that will strengthen North Collinwood’s maker network.

On Thursday, Jan. 21, Northeast Shores hosted a gathering for makers and support partners at the Collinwood Recreation Center to present research results from Consultant Leslie Schaller of the Appalachian Center for Economic Networks. Beginning in November 2015, Schaller interviewed neighborhood makers, retailers and entrepreneurs to gather their marketing insights and small-business challenges. Along the way, local photographer Bridget Caswell photographed makers to accompany the brand campaign and to share professional photographs with them for their own marketing efforts.

Recommendations from the meeting include creating a shared Made in Collinwood brand for makers, building a stronger network between makers and retailers, developing peer-to-peer education events, establishing micro-business trainings, and leveraging financial resources for business start-up and expansion.

Once the final report is completed, Northeast Shores will convene working groups of makers to guide the implementation of these recommendations.

If you are a maker or supporter provider who wants to be involved with Made in Collinwood, please contact Joe Barbaree, business development specialist at Northeast Shores at 216-481-7660 or

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Archie’s Bakery, Lakeshore Boulevard

(photos courtesy of Bridget Caswell Photography)

Cuyahoga Valley Career Center opens robotics and manufacturing technology center


On Jan. 14, Lt. Governor Mary Taylor assisted the Cuyahoga Valley Career Center (CVCC) Superintendent Dr. Celena Roebuck with the ribbon cutting and grand opening of its state-of-the-art Robotic and Advanced Manufacturing Technology Education Collaborative (RAMTEC) Center. Attendees to the ribbon cutting ceremony and open house entered through the RAMTEC Mobile Training Unit, a 26-foot trailer that the school will use to take its training programs on the road. Business partners were on hand to display their products, including Rockwell Automation, Buckeye Educational Systems, eduFACTOR, GPD Group, Lincoln Electric, Lorain County Community College, MAGNET, Mastercam, Parker Hannifin, RAF Automation, and Swagelok.

The 6,700 square-foot facility will assist CVCC in addressing the advanced manufacturing and engineering skills gap by preparing high school and adult students for careers in these fields. The facility houses robotic arms, automated welders, pneumatic and hydraulic training units, and programmable logic controllers. All of these are part of building a world-class metal fabrication and state-of-the art computer numeric control (CNC) training center. According to CVCC Superintendent Dr. Celena Roebuck, “RAMTEC will benefit high school students and adult education students, will be used to enhance our incumbent workers’ training programs, and also will allow us to expand the career services we provide to our eight associate districts. As part of a statewide initiative focused on advanced manufacturing, we can expand our influence and economic impact beyond the immediate CVCC area. It is exciting to see the resurgence of manufacturing in Northeast Ohio and to know that CVCC continues to play an integral role in that process.”

Recently, the Ohio Means Job website indicated that 357 full-time CNC jobs are vacant within a 30-mile radius of CVCC. When you broaden that search word to “manufacturing” rather than CNC there are more than 3,000 full-time vacancies listed within a 30-mile radius of CVCC.

Cuyahoga Valley Career Center serves the public school districts of Brecksville-Broadview Heights, Cuyahoga Heights, Garfield Heights, Independence, Nordonia Hills, North Royalton, Revere, and Twinsburg. Student workshops and Adult Education courses are open and available to all residents of Northeast Ohio. For more information on training programs in advanced manufacturing, which will prepare graduates for the FANUC Basic Control Certification, and in hydraulic systems call the school at (440) 746-8230 or review the website.

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King Precision Solutions outfits facility with surplus from HGR

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(Courtesy of Guest Blogger Todd King, president of King Precision Solutions in Erie, Pennsylvania)

King Precision Solutions designs and builds injection mold plastic parts. We have a couple of product lines that we developed: the Kingpin Shallow Water Anchor and the TV Shield Protective Enclosure.

I found HGR through an older gentleman who took me in under his wing. He was buying machinery for his own shop. I saw the great deals he was getting, and I did the same.

We have been purchasing equipment from HGR for 20 years, and I would say 90 percent of the equipment in our facility is from HGR – from the tile and paint on the floor to the lighting on the ceiling, and, of course, everything in between.

Our growth has been expedited due to the robotics and other high-end equipment that we purchased at a discount of 70 percent lower than new. With this equipment in place, we gained opportunities that we would have never had a chance to procure.

The photos show a CNC machine purchased and in operation and a robot that we integrated for hydro-dipping parts. The overhead door and glass door also are from HGR. The first pic shows our break area. Everything in that pic was bought from HGR and refurbished, including the cabinets, sinks and tile.

CNC machine Hydro Dippng parts Robot Overhead door


Ecuadoran customer visits HGR showroom last week

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For years, Francisco D’Amore worked with his family’s business and specialized in niche markets. At that business, he learned of HGR Industrial Surplus since the company had bought used equipment from HGR since it opened. D’Amore spun off his business, Impormore, and has been buying from HGR for approximately nine years.  He ships three to four, 40-foot-high cube containers per year back to Cuenca, Equador. He purchases mostly metalworking and fabrication equipment that he fixes for resale.


Jergens Inc. commits to workforce development and Collinwood


Founded in 1942, Jergens Inc. is a tooling component manufacturer located in Cleveland’s Collinwood Neighborhood. Christy Schron dreamed of having his own machine shop with his son Jack. Christy and Jack first operated the business in a rented a garage on East 152nd Street. Soon, they outgrew the space, and Jergens’ found a new home on East 163rd off of St. Clair. In the midst of World War II, business was booming, and it was difficult to find a qualified workforce. Jergens began holding training classes in the shop every evening to keep up production and support the war effort.

 Business continued to grow as Jergens moved to its third Collinwood location on Nottingham Road. In 1999, Jergens had again outgrown its facility and relocated to its current home on South Waterloo on the site of the former Collinwood Yards. The company continues to honor this legacy in its lobby that is decorated with railroad artifacts and antiques.

 Jergens has been led since 1987 by its third generation of Schrons, with Jack Schron, Jr., currently at the helm as president. The family has demonstrated a commitment to keeping Jergens’ facilities in the City of Cleveland and maintaining jobs in Ohio. Jergens’ has even partnered with the Cuyahoga East Vocational Education Consortium (CEVEC) in a pilot program in which high school students use Jergens as their classroom for the entire year. The program has a full-time teacher who works with students at the Jergens’ facility by introducing them to careers in manufacturing and helping prepare them to enter the workforce.

 There currently are six divisions/subsidiaries under the Jergens, Inc. umbrella: Jergens Tooling Component Division (TCD), Jergens Industrial Supply (JIS), Assembly Systems Group (ASG), ACME Industrial Company, Jergens Shanghai, and Jergens India. TCD focuses on lean manufacturing solutions in three areas: work holding solutions, lifting solutions, and specialty fasteners. TCD’s product line-up includes fasteners, hoist rings, Kwik-Lok pins, and Ball-Lock mounting systems. JIS offers a full line of cutting tools, carbide, and other tool inserts, coolants, abrasives, drills, and other industrial supplies. ASG is a supplier of products for threaded fastener assembly, including torque-controlled electric screwdrivers, automation products, and production aides. ACME manufactures threaded inserts and bushings. Jergens’ also has international sales offices in Shanghai, China, and Mumbai, India.