AWT Foundation Newsletter

Working together to promote rewarding manufacturing careers throughout Northeast Ohio. 

Responsible RestartOhio, Face Coverings, & Stay Safe Ohio Order

There has been a lot of confusion about face coverings and the "Stay Stay Ohio Order" released on 4/30/2020 in conjunction with the Governor's Responsible RestartOhio Plan announced on Monday, March 27th, 2020. For this reason, we have included the latest information in the links below. We will continue to update you on relevant updates and information. 

Responsible RestartOhio Website Revised 5-1-2020
Ohio Department of Health Manufacturing Specific Operating Requirements Revised 5-1-2020
Manufacturing Specific Operating Requirements Revised 5-1-2020 Printable PDF
Stay Safe Ohio Order 4-30-2020

RoboBots 2020 Seniors

Thank you to everyone who joined us for our RoboBots 10-Year Highlights Facebook Livestream last week. Despite some technical difficulties, we believe the livestream was a great way to celebrate the accomplishments of the RoboBots Class of 2020. Congratulations to all of our seniors!  

RoboBots 2020 Album
RoboBots 2020 Sponsor Letter

AWT in the News

Check-out AWT spread the word about how manufacturers are looking after our fellow Ohioans and Americans during the COVID-19 pandemic. 
AWT Members News Articles One-Pager

News Channel 5 Cleveland Looking to Feature a Manufacturer Reopening ASAP

If you are a manufacturing company that has been closed, but is re-opening today in the Akron Canton Medina area, News Channel 5 Cleveland would like to highlight you.  Please e-mail Reporter, Bob Jones: for details. Please feel free to share this request with your business contacts. 

 FREE New Mold Making Course Offering

If you are a company who makes molds or if you are a student or teacher interested in learning more about mold-making, please check-out the free Bay Institute of Science and Engineering (BISE) course on mold-making. Please e-mail Ken McCreight, BISE CEO/President: for details.

Shop Local for your PPE

Do you need sanitizer, sewed masks, face shields, gowns, and/or other personal protective equipment (PPE) to keep your employees safe during COVID-19? The Mentor Chamber of Commerce has launched a local Lake County list of PPE suppliers and The Ohio Manufacturing Alliance has launched a state-wide emergency PPE Makers' Exchange. Click the buttons below to view the available PPE and PPE providers. 

PPE from Local Mentor, OH Manufacturers/Suppliers
Ohio Emergency PPE Makers' Exchange

Thank you, MakerGear!

Thank you, MakerGear, for continually supporting our local health care providers and community agencies with face shields! We know these photos say 1,000 "thank yous" and we wanted to share the great work you are doing!


Thank you, Roll-Kraft!

Thank you, Roll-Kraft, for meeting the need of businesses and our community during the COVID-19 pandemic! Check-out how Roll-Kraft provided the necessary support to fight COVID in less than 8 hours in the full story below. 


Roll-Kraft Press Release

Thank you, Congressman Joyce, Mentor Area Chamber of Commerce, City of Mentor, & MEACO!

Thank you, Congressman Joyce, Mentor Area Chamber of Commerce (MACC), the City of Mentor, and the Mentor Economic Assistance Corporation (MEACO), for hosting a manufacturers' update Zoom conference call to discuss manufacturing company best practices, concerns, and ideas for paving an innovative path forward.

Congratulations, Lakeland Community College!

Congratulations to the Lakeland Community College Team on being recognized as one of the nation's Best Community Colleges 2020 by the Colleges Consensus, a unique college ratings website that aggregates publisher rankings and student reviews. Check-out the full story below. 


Lakeland Community College

Ohio University Procurement Technical Assistance Center

Are you a small business looking to enter into local, state, and federal government markets, but unsure of the process? 

The Ohio University Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) is a sub-center of the State of Ohio Procurement Technical Assistance Program. The State PTAC program is a cooperative effort among Ohio Department of Development, U.S. Department of Defense
and various local host organizations.  This PTAC is hosted and supported by Ohio University.  The mission of the PTAC program is to provide technical assistance to small businesses desiring to enter local, state and federal government markets, as a means to support economic development, and to foster the retention and creation of small business jobs.  The State of Ohio PTAC program is one of 93 PTAC programs located throughout the United States.

Government at all levels purchases billions of dollars’ worth of products and services each year. The process of contracting with the government can be confusing and frustrating. The Ohio University Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) can be your guide.


PTAC Resources
PTAC Webinars

The Governor's Office COVID-19 Job Search

Governor’s Office of Workforce Transformation has developed a website specifically geared toward matching essential businesses with Ohioans who are able and willing to work as an essential employee during the COVID-19 crisis. Both essential businesses and current job seekers can click the button below 


COVID-19 Job Search

Need Technical Assistance or Information on Local, State, & Federal Business Programs?

Check-out the Small business development center (SBDC) at Lakeland Community College for cFree, confidential, in-depth, one-on-one counseling
business management and education services.and low- or no-cost training.

  • Strategic Planning
  • eCounseling
  • Technical Assistance
  • Quality-Based Assessments
  • Information about Federal, State and Local Programs
  • Loan Packaging Assistance
Click the button below for more information
Ohio SBDC at Lakeland Community College

Are you a Minority-Owned Business?

The Ohio Development Services Agency (ODSA) Minority Business Development Division (MBDD) supports the growth and sustainability of small, minority-owned, and disadvantaged businesses in Ohio. Contact your local Minority Business Assistance Center (MBAC) and schedule an appointment to meet with a trained business counselor. These services are available with no cost to businesses located throughout Ohio. Check-out more information by clicking on the button below.

MBAC Website

ERC 90-Day Membership

ERC is offering a 90-day for AWT Members. Founded in 1920, ERC is a human resource organization that makes workplaces great by providing training, HR consulting and support, coaching and assessments, and research services. We offer complete solutions for talent acquisition, development, and retention.

Hundreds of companies nationwide from a variety of industries turn to ERC every year for blended learning solutions to develop their managers, supervisors, leaders, and
general workforce.
ERC’s training is facilitated by a team of more than 40 accomplished subject matter experts who bring real-world, practical experience to engaging, interactive sessions on over 100 topics. Here are just a few of our popular training courses: 


Click the button below for more information.

ERC Membership Information

Virtual Events for your Business

Want to gain valuable information while practicing social-distancing? Register for the virtual events below by clicking on the buttons below.


GCP: Federal Lab and Defense Innovations and Technology Opportunities for Business Development: May 7th, 2020
GCP: Midwest Success Aerospace and Defense Summit- June 25 & 26, 2020

Did you catch Crain's most recent "Small Business Lifeline" podcast? If not, check it out by clicking the button below. 


Crain's Small Business Lifeline Podcast

AWT Free Aerospace Curriculum for Students & Teachers

AWT would like to thank our educators for their continued commitment to students, education, and community during this difficult time. We hope the free educational resources on aerospace for students and teachers below will aid remote and distance learning. Download the curriculum below. Thank you again!


AWT Aerospace Curriculum: 3rd-8th Grade

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