About our sponsors

Crowe Chizek

Crowe Chizek prides itself on the ability to integrate technology-driven processes with manufacturing industry knowledge, resulting in solutions that address its clients’ specific business needs. The firm’s consultants stay abreast of the latest trends and continually monitor changes in channel dynamics, such as those brought about by the Internet.

Simply put, Crowe Chizek understands manufacturing. Founded in 1942, it is one of the top 10 public accounting firms in the United States, serving clients worldwide as a leading member of Horwath International. With annual revenue exceeding $200 million, the firm has offices in nine states and employs more than 1,400 professionals.

Last year, the holding company Crowe Group LLP was formed. Under the new structure, the accounting and consulting practice formerly known as Crowe, Chizek and Company LLP became a subsidiary of Crowe Group LLP. Crowe Chizek provides innovative business solutions in the areas of assurance, business consulting, financial advisory, information security, marketing, outsourcing, tax and technology.

Reach Crowe Chizek’s professionals at (440) 449-9400 or at www.crowechizek.com.

Ulmer & Berne LLP

Ulmer & Berne LLP is a 96-year-old law firm with a history of representing extremely successful manufacturing businesses. Not only does the firm have a history of being in tune with manufacturing businesses across a variety of industries, its lawyers are also intimately aware of the legal issues that affect manufacturers on the technology side of their businesses –whether it is development of technology to help them in manufacturing operations, the acquisition of technology, the licensing of technology or the spinning off of an aspect of the business into a separate entity that has a technology component.

Ulmer & Berne serves as general outside counsel to numerous clients, many of whom it has represented for many years even as ownership has changed hands from generation to generation. The firm has always endeavored to provide business-oriented solutions to the issues its clients face and to give not just answers, but value. Reach Ulmer’s professionals at (216) 621-8400 or at www.ulmer.com.

The James B. Oswald Co.

The James B. Oswald Co., founded in 1893, is one of Ohio’s largest employee-owned firms, providing insurance risk management and financials services to a wide range of clients. The firm is committed to knowing, understanding and responding to its clients’ insurance needs.

With its unique ability to articulate and negotiate with its extensive network of major underwriters, The James B. Oswald Co. has been, and continues to be, highly successful in obtaining excellent service and coverage at competitive rates. The full-service firm offers insurance, risk management, property/casualty, life insurance, employee/executive benefits and retirement plans services to its growing large corporate and middle-market client base.

Contact James B. Oswald at (216) 622-7400 or at www.jamesoswald.com.

New Horizons Computer Learning Centers Inc.

New Horizons is the world’s largest computer training company, with more than 270 centers in 54 countries. The company’s business strategy focuses on continued worldwide expansion to meet the ever-increasing demands of the technology revolution, including providing specialized IT training for manufacturers.

New Horizons’ network includes more than 1,900 classrooms and 2,000 instructors. A continued skills shortage for IT professionals, ever-changing operating systems, new technology developments and the expansion of the Internet are driving tremendous demand for worldwide training.

In addition to instructor-led classes and training, the company offers Web-based training, computer labs, certification exam preparation tools and seven-day-a-week help desk support. Contact New Horizons at (216) 216-332-7960 or at (216) 216-332-7960.

OnBase, a Hyland Software solution

OnBase, created and distributed by Hyland Software, is enterprise software that combines the technologies of document imaging, COLD/ERM, document management and workflow into a single Web-enabled application.

More than 3,700 companies, including many manufacturers, use OnBase to streamline their processes and share electronic information with their employees, business partners and customers. In a supply chain environment, timely accurate information is of the utmost importance.

OnBase provides relevant information to all business processes, ranging from order management to inventory control, fulfillment and accounts receivable, to keep all stages of all processes flowing. Contact Hyland Software at (440) 788.5000 or www.onbase.com/

Hughie’s Audio-Visual

Since 1953, Hughie’s Audio Visual & Computer (HAVS) has long been considered the one and only source of quality and professional audio-visual equipment in the Northeast Ohio marketplace. From its conception, the company has placed the client’s happiness and success as its primary goals.

Through the years, this has been achieved by upgrading and purchasing new, technologically advanced equipment, including flat screen monitors and plasma screens, and staying one step ahead of the competition. This proactive stance, combined with a team approach toward projects and productions, makes HAVS a true innovator in its field.