WIRE-Net's 2017 Annual Meeting

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CONNECT with WIRE-Net's 370 Members, Annual Meeting Sponsors, and guests.

HONOR manufacturing companies that have a positive impact on Cleveland and Northeast Ohio and will be receiving our Mission Builder Award recognition.

LISTEN to our keynote speaker discuss Sustainability: A 21st Century American Grand Strategy.

SUPPORT our youth programs at Max Hayes High School through our new live auction.

This year's keynote address Sustainability: A 21st Century American Grand Strategy, will be presented by retired Marine Colonel Mark "Puck" Mykleby, co-author of the book The New Grand Strategy: Restoring Prosperity, Security, and Sustainability in the 21st Century, and co-founder of the Long Haul Capital Group. His book offers an in-depth approach to U.S. grand strategy that takes the best of progressive and conservative ideas and illustrates how business can lead the country into a new strategic era focused on driving sustainable prosperity and security.

One of the key insights found in The New Grand Strategy is that oil and gas are key to solving the challenge of climate change. However, the solution lies in using oil and gas hydrocarbons to produce advanced polymeric materials to reduce the embodied energy of the planet's material palette. For Northeast Ohio, the nation's #1 producer of polymer products and components, this is a massive strategic opportunity.

Puck Mykleby

Mark was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the Marine Corps following his graduation from the United States Naval Academy in 1987. From January 1991 to May 2006, he served in five fleet fighter squadrons and performed numerous operational squadron billets to include Commanding Officer. He earned a Masters of Military Studies from the Marine Corps Command and Staff College in 1999.

In May 2007, he graduated from the Air War College with distinction and earned a Masters of Strategic Studies. Mark was assigned to the U.S. Special Operations Command where he developed strategy for Special Operations Forces. From July 2009 until April 2011, he served as a special strategic assistant to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. In that capacity, he co-authored with Navy Captain Wayne Porter A National Strategic Narrative, a concept and vision for a 21st Century grand strategy for the nation.

Mark retired from the Marine Corps in August 2011 and subsequently joined New America Foundation, serving as a senior fellow from August 2011 to August 2014. From September 2014 to January 2017, Mark was the co-founder and Co-Director of Case Western Reserve University's Strategic Innovation Lab where he continued his work on grand strategy and sustainability. While at Case Western, he co-authored, along with Patrick Doherty and Joel Makower, The New Grand Strategy: Restoring America's Prosperity, Security and Sustainability in the 21st Century, which lays out a business plan for America, born at the Pentagon, that embeds sustainability as a national strategic imperative.

Mark Mykleby is currently the Co-Founder of Long Haul Capital Group, LLC; a company dedicated to creating sustainable, walkable, and healthy communities.

A Unique Auction to Benefit Our Youth Programs

WIRE-Net and the Friends of Max Hayes collaborate closely to build rigorous work-based learning experiences for both teachers and students at Max S. Hayes Career and Technical High School. Our programs ensure that students get exposure to a range of career opportunities in machining, welding, computer aided design, robotics, and other fields.

For every $100 raised, we can sponsor one student's job shadowing experience. For every $275 raised, we can send 10 students on a manufacturing plant tour, for every $540 raised we can place a Technical Corps member in a career tech classroom to support the students and teachers, and for every $1000 raised, we can place a student in a paid 100-hour internship with a local company.

  1. Four Cleveland Indians tickets: two each to two games. First-base side premium tickets: Section 140, Row T. Games included: Wednesday, May 24, 2017 at 6:10 PM (AL Championship Trophy giveaway) vs Cincinnati Reds and Saturday, August 5, 2017 at 7:10 PM (Lou Boudreau Replica statue) vs New York Yankees. Courtesy Shana Marbury and the Greater Cleveland Partnership.
  2. Tugboat Cruise for Six on the Cuyahoga River. Courtesy Joe Starck and Great Lakes Towing Company.
  3. Four first-base side premium tickets: Section 150, Row U, Seats 4 to 7: Indians vs Boston Red Sox on Wednesday, August 23, 2017 at 7:10 PM (Terry Francona Bobblehead). Courtesy Talan Products, Inc.
  4. Four sideline tickets (seated) to Notre Dame Football game, courtesy Jay O'Neill, Lane Steel. Experience the excitement, the crowds and the traditions of Notre Dame football. Tailgate, explore the beautiful campus and see the marching band perform close up. Up for auction are four of the best seats in the stadium to a 2017 Notre Dame home football game in South Bend, Indiana. The four seats of this package are located in the Preferred Seating section on the Notre Dame sideline. The Preferred section is the only area in the bowl with seats. Everything else is benches. Choose from opponents and dates including: Georgia, Boston College, Michigan State, Miami, Navy, Stanford, and others. Make arrangements with the donor early for the best selection.
  5. A tour for 12 of ArcelorMittal's Hot Dip Galvanizing Line. Courtesy Mark Kovach and ArcelorMittal.
  6. Tour for three of the Cargill Salt Mines. Courtesy Chris Gill at Cargill Deicing Technology.
  7. Two Tickets to Cleveland Indians: Upper deck behind home plate, game to be determined. Courtesy Mark Mazzone and Greater Cleveland Construction.

2017 Mission Builder Award Winners

Since 2003, WIRE-Net has recognized manufacturing companies that strengthen manufacturing in Northeast Ohio through their work and accomplishments. This year's winners have been selected because they are committed to growing their businesses locally, and have invested in themselves and in our community.

Control Electric Company, Inc.

Since 1961, Control Electric Company has offered their customers complete turnkey control automation and integration solutions. Business grew over seven percent last year, setting a sales record.

Euro USA Inc.

Euro USA was founded in 1986 by two partners who recognized the potential for specialty foods in the retail and food service industries. EuroUSA takes pride in the high caliber of product mix, timeliness of distribution, and highly educated sales staff. The company continues to create job growth for Cleveland residents.

Evergreen Industrial Batteries

Evergreen Industrial Batteries provides reliable power for electric tow motors. At Evergreen Industrial Batteries, they believe that having a vision, taking a risk, and doing hard work creates personal fulfillment, makes better leaders in family and in the community, and drives company growth.

Melin Tool Company

Family owned and operated since 1940, Melin Tool Company began as one of the early manufacturers of end mills. Melin Tool has a commitment to workforce development in Northeast Ohio—currently employing two Max S. Hayes High School alumni, and recently hiring a Max Hayes machining senior for an internship.


In October 2016, Oatey celebrated two important milestones: its 100th anniversary of manufacturing quality products for the plumbing industry, and the opening of its new headquarters. The 47,000SF building is perched on the east side of the Rocky River valley, representing a commitment to maintain their corporate presence in Cleveland.

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