Feb 26

Cleveland, Ohio, February 25, 2019 – MAGNET and Greater Cleveland Partnership (GCP) today announced two leadership hires for the manufacturing sector partnership known as Workforce Connect Manufacturing. Adam Snyder will be managing director of the manufacturing sector partnership. Debbi Perkul has been named executive director of workforce partnerships. Both will play an integral role in moving the recently announced Workforce Connect Manufacturing sector partnership forward.

Workforce Connect Manufacturing is part of Workforce Connect, an important community initiative to align the region’s workforce development system focused on solving two pressing economic issues: a critical shortage of manufacturing talent for employers and clear and actionable career pathways with family-sustaining wages for job seekers. MAGNET and GCP are the sector intermediaries co-leading this effort in manufacturing. Other industry intermediaries for healthcare and IT will be named in the future.

A true public-private partnership, Workforce Connect Manufacturing is devoted to helping the County’s 1,800 manufacturing companies and more than 72,000 workers identify sustainable workforce development solutions. Consisting of manufacturing CEOs, educational institutions such as Cuyahoga Community College and the leadership of numerous nonprofits – Towards Employment, Manufacturing Works, and OhioMeansJobs, to name just a few – Workforce Connect Manufacturing will look at both short-term and long-term solutions to increase the talent pipeline, investing in existing programs and launching new initiatives where necessary. The data is compelling. According to MAGNET’s 2019 Northeast Ohio manufacturing survey, 49 percent of the county’s manufacturers said that the lack of skilled workers was hampering their growth.

“This is a new way of working together to fix one of the biggest problems of this and future decades – the lack of skilled workers for manufacturers,” said MAGNET CEO Ethan Karp. “The goal of Workforce Connect Manufacturing is to get manufacturers working together to enable residents from across the county to start rewarding, family-sustaining manufacturing careers. We have a system with many passionate, committed and strong organizations devoted to helping individuals find those careers, and we hope that Workforce Connect Manufacturing led by Adam and Debbi will be the glue that truly moves the needle on filling the manufacturing jobs of today and tomorrow.”

Before becoming the managing director of manufacturing sector partnership, Adam Snyder has had a long career in manufacturing beginning at Newell-Rubbermaid. Leveraging his technical background and passion for people development, Adam spent five years with Definity Partners, a consulting firm focused on developing the people, processes, and systems around the front-lines of mid-sized manufacturing companies. In his previous two roles prior to joining MAGNET, Adam was the President at Incept, a direct marketing firm and contact center in Canton, and then President of ArtWall, a fast-growing small manufacturing company in Strongsville, Ohio. Adam has held teaching positions at Cleveland State University and Case Western Reserve University, where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering and master’s degree in engineering and management. He is also on the Board for the Masters in Engineering & Management program, ACCESS homeless shelter, and a number of manufacturing companies in the area.

“I am excited to take my experience in manufacturing to help develop Cuyahoga County’s manufacturing workforce development,” said Adam Snyder. “Together with the many nonprofit, governmental, and industry partners, I’m confident that we can improve the current workforce structure and rapidly accelerate manufacturing growth in Northeast Ohio.”
Debbi Perkul joins as the executive director of workforce partnerships. Previously, Debbi spent more than eight years at University Hospitals where she developed, designed, and implemented a system-wide workforce development strategy. Debbi entered the field of workforce development as the executive director of a nonprofit organization that advocated for and prepared women for non-traditional careers, such as in manufacturing and construction. She holds a master’s degree in education and is an alumnus of Leadership Cleveland. Debbi is active in the Democracy Collaborative, a national organization that helps large organizations create impact in their local communities through workforce, investment and procurement activities.

MAGNET's mission is to help manufacturers grow and compete in Northeast Ohio, especially the 98% of startup to medium-sized manufacturers that drive our economy. MAGNET rolls up its sleeves to provide hands-on support ranging from new product design to operations and brings education and business together to create tomorrow's manufacturers. Visit www.manufacturingsuccess.org for more information. MAGNET is funded and proudly part of the Ohio Manufacturing Extension Partnership and the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s Manufacturing Extension Partnership.

Workforce Connect is an important building block in Cuyahoga County’s overall workforce development ecosystem that will help support employers in finding the right skilled talent through business-led sector intermediaries in manufacturing, health care and IT over the next three years. Workforce Connect is the result of partnership of public and private leaders including the City of Cleveland, Cleveland Foundation, Cuyahoga County, Deaconess Foundation, Fund for our Economic Future, Greater Cleveland Partnership, The George Gund Foundation, Cleveland/Cuyahoga County Workforce Development Board, Team NEO and United Way of Greater Cleveland.

With more than 11,000 members, the Greater Cleveland Partnership (GCP) is one of the largest metropolitan chambers of commerce in the nation. GCP is focused on driving the economic vitality of our region through building a strong and thriving climate for the broad business community, including small businesses, middle-market companies and large corporations.