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Published on April 14th, 2015 | By: Eileen De Guire


150-plus reasons manufacturing is still alive in the Great Lakes

Published on April 14th, 2015 | By: Eileen De Guire


Industry’s top ceramics and glass manufacturers to take part in inaugural trade show


WESTERVILLE, OHIO—American manufacturing is alive, its heart beating strong.


In fact, here, in the midst of the midwest-Great Lakes region, that beat is stronger than ever. Ohio, the same state that lost 20 percent of its manufacturing jobs—some 166,000—during the recession of 2007–2009, has regained 50,000 of those jobs in the last four years. Similarly, other Great Lakes states (Pennsylvania, Michigan, Illinois, and Indiana) have gained industrial jobs thanks to growth in the technology, energy, logistics, and construction markets. The markets rely on advances in ceramics and glass—complex materials systems that power our cars, digital devices, and healthcare technology.


It’s only fitting, then, that Cleveland, Ohio—a town rich with manufacturing history and expertise—play host to the very first Ceramics Expo (CEX) in 2015.


The inaugural trade show, which includes a free-to-attend exhibition and two-track conference, comes to town April 28–30, and with it, more than 150 ceramics and glass manufacturers and thousands of attendees.


Presented by Smarter Shows (Brighton, U.K.) with founding partner The American Ceramic Society, CEX is a one-stop-shop for the ceramics and glass industry—a meeting point for manufacturers and decision makers to source the most cost-effective and efficient raw materials and processing equipment, stay up to date with cutting-edge supplier innovations, and network and share knowledge.


The two-day event also will showcase the manufacturing capabilities of the ceramics and glass industry worldwide, including those housed right here in the Rust Belt.


Companies like:

  • Akron Porcelain & Plastics Company (Akron, Ohio) Akron Porcelain manufactures custom ceramic parts to customers’ specification using compression and injection molding and produces glazed and unglazed ceramics. Products include special electrical porcelain insulators, refractory shapes, foundry strainer cores and other special applications.
  • Corning Incorporated (Corning, N.Y.) Corning combines its expertise in specialty glass, ceramic materials, polymers and the manipulation of the properties of light, with strong process and manufacturing capabilities to develop, engineer and commercialize significant innovative products for the telecommunications, flat panel display, environmental, semiconductor and life sciences industries.
  • Harper International Corporation (Buffalo, N.Y.) Harper is a global leader in the design of complete thermal processing solutions and technical services for the production of advanced materials, including custom designed rotary, pusher and belt conveyor furnaces, spanning a range of engineering ceramics.
  • Harrop Industries Inc. (Columbus, Ohio) Harrop engineers and provides general contracting of kilns, dryers, and ceramic plants. Designs and manufactures prefabricated kilns. Serves the brick, electronics, whiteware, and technical ceramic markets. Manufactures thermal analysis instruments and laboratory furnaces.
  • Swindell Dressler International (Coraopolis, Pa.) Swindell Dressler engineers, designs, and constructs shuttle, bell, electric, roller hearth and tunnel kilns for the ceramics and carbon industries.
  • Zircoa Inc. (Solon, Ohio) Zircoa produces a wide range of zirconia products for niche markets in the metal, chemical, electronic and glass industries, including powders for automotive and aircraft engine coatings, nozzles for casting of steel, crucibles for melting of high grade alloys, media for producing electronic capacitors, and linings for producing quartz glass.

“These companies and the others who’ve signed on to be a part of the very first Ceramics Expo, truly represent the best of the ceramics and glass industry,” says Charlie Spahr, executive director of The American Ceramic Society. “Manufacturers today face a myriad of challenges such as accessing raw materials, energy stability, sustainability, regulation, and quality control. As a founding partner, we’re proud to say that Ceramics Expo is designed with those challenges in mind and provides a ‘one-stop’ venue for manufacturers to discover the latest technologies, meet vendors and suppliers, and build business relationships.”


Since its founding in 1898 by brick manufacturers who saw a need to apply scientific methods and insights to manufacturing, the Society has served as a unique meeting point for manufacturers, suppliers, vendors, university researchers, and students to exchange ideas, solve common problems, and build business relationships. Over time, the Society has built an arsenal of world-class content resources that uniquely serve the interests of the ceramic and glass industry, including three high-impact, peer review journals, technical meetings and expositions, and workforce development programs.


Media Contact: Eileen De Guire, 614-794-5828


About ACerS

Founded in 1898, The American Ceramic Society is the leading professional membership organization for ceramic and materials scientists, engineers, researchers, manufacturers, plant personnel, educators, and students. The Society serves more than 11,000 members from more than 80 countries.



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