AWT Foundation Newsletter

Working together to promote rewarding manufacturing careers throughout Northeast Ohio. 

Are you a machine shop looking for new business?

Please see the following note from Abhishek Subramanian, Product Manager at Perma Pure LLC:  "Our partner company Maxtec supplies critical products to the respiratory field. We are facing a crunch in our supply chain since our demand has skyrocketed due to Covid-19. We are looking for machine shops that can help us manufacture the attached components. We need it to be Nickel-Chrome plated Brass and RoHS compliant (we are open to similar materials, as long as it doesn't rust or get corroded over time).

 These components will be used to make products that will have a direct impact on saving lives. If you need to reach out to me, please contact me at or send me a LinkedIn message"

Component 1
Component 2

Responsible RestartOhio, Face Coverings, & Stay Safe Ohio Order

AWT stays committed to providing you with helpful information regarding COVID-19. All information is directly linked from the website.

Responsible RestartOhio: Continued Business Closures
Editable Welcome "Stop Sign" for Businesses
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

Announcement about 2020 Summer Manufacturing Institute (SMI) Camps

Our camps have helped numerous students jump-start their manufacturing career and the camps would not be possible without your generous support. Unfortunately, the 2020 SMI camps have been canceled due to COVID-19.

First and foremost, we would like to say to our campers that we are so proud of you for wanting to learn more about rewarding manufacturing careers! We are so excited to have you at our 2021 SMI camps and we pinky promise that they are going to be spectacular

Please see the attached letters about specifics for each camp. All 2020 SMI sponsors will automatically become 2021 SMI Sponsors and if you were a tour site, we will keep your information on file to contact you for next year. 

Lake & Geauga Co. Letter
Ashtabula Co. Letter

Cybersecurity Educational Event

Join the Department of Homeland Security, the Eastern Lake County Chamber of Commerce, and AWT for a virtual cybersecurity educational event on Thursday, May 21st, 2020 from 10am-11am via Zoom. The flyer is attached below with more details. Please RSVP via email to

Cybersecurity Flyer

RoboBots 2020 Seniors Spotlight

As 2020 is the 10th Anniversary of RoboBots, we'd like to continue to highlight and 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

AWT Members News Articles One-Pager

 AWT's "What's for Lunch?" Campaign

AWT is now presenting the "What's for Lunch?" campaign. Every Friday we will be highlighting local restaurants open for take out and we encourage you to order food there. Our goal is for Local Businesses to Support Local Businesses! Follow us on Facebook at @AWT-Think Manufacturing. If you'd like us to highlight a local business close to you, e-mail 

 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

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: Midwest Success Aerospace and Defense Summit- June 25 & 26, 2020
OAI: Alcantara Launch Center Business Opportunities in Brazil May 22nd, 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

Ohio E-Learning Opportunities: Engaging 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 for students and teachers below will aid remote and distance learning. Check-out curriculum such as "NASA STEM at Home" by clicking the button below. Thank you again!


Ohio E-Learning Opportunities

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