Chief Technologist Mason Peck Attends MAGNET Event
Mason Peck
Ohio manufacturer
Mason Peck and Ohio manufacturer Peck and Ohio manufacturers celebrate NASA’s partnership with industry in building the innovation economy.
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On May 23, NASA, the City of Cleveland, Cuyahoga County and the Manufacturing Advocacy & Growth Network (MAGNET) announced nine small and medium-sized Ohio manufacturers that will receive NASA assistance to solve technical problems with new or existing products.

NASA is committed to providing 400 hours of technical assistance (approximately 40 hours per company) from its science and engineering work force to offer potential solutions to the selected companies for specific technical challenges they are facing with a new or existing product. In addition to access to NASA experts, the City of Cleveland and Cuyahoga County are making $450,000 in low interest rate loans available to the companies to help with costs associated with participation in the program.

"NASA is proud to be a part of a venture that promises to be a successful partnership between the space program and local companies in the City of Cleveland and in Cuyahoga County," NASA Chief Technologist Mason Peck said. "This project demonstrates NASA's ability to provide on the ground technical assistance and planning resources tailored to the business needs of communities to ensure America's manufacturers in the new innovation-driven economy."

The Ohio manufacturers selected by an independent panel of judges to receive the NASA assistance and city and county loans are:
  • BioInVision of Mayfield Village
  • Boundary Systems of Middleburg Heights
  • Gotta Groove Records, Inc. of Cleveland
  • MegaJoule of Cleveland
  • Morrison Products, Inc. of Cleveland
  • Pile Dynamics, Inc. of Solon
  • Sensor Development Corporation of Strongsville
  • Vadxx Energy of Cleveland
  • Zuga Medical, Inc. of Cleveland.
This initiative is part of the White House's Office of Science and Technology Policy "Strong Cities, Strong Communities" effort with this partnership developed as a local "Adopt a City" program. The goals of "Strong Cities, Strong Communities" include:

Improving the way federal government does business: Cutting through red tape and making the federal bureaucracy more responsive to businesses, providing real, valuable technical assistance that keeps America number one;

Providing assistance and support by working with local communities to find ground-up, not top-down solutions. Through NASA's on-the-ground technical assistance and planning resources tailored to local government and manufacturer needs, and helping them use the federal funds they already receive more efficiently and effectively; and

Partnering for growth: Developing critical partnerships with key local and regional stakeholders that encompass not only municipal and state governments, but also new partnerships with the business community, non-profits, anchor institutions, and other public, private, and philanthropic organizations and leaders.

Peck was joined by Cuyahoga County Executive Ed Fitzgerald and Glenn Research Center Director Ray Lugo at the event. NASA's Glenn Research Center in Cleveland will lead agency's participation in the project.

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