To attract the workforce needed for growth and expansion by offering seamless career pathways that enable individuals to enter and advance in strong and fulfilling manufacturing careers.

Our Staff

  • Alex Hertzer, Interim Executive Director
    Alex Hertzer, Interim Executive Director
  • Mary Unger, Accounting/Operations Manager
    Mary Unger, Accounting/Operations Manager


  • Julie Michael Smith, Project Manager
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    • Allison Engstrom, Project Manager
      Allison Engstrom, Project Manager
    • Christi Dunlap, Executive Assistant
      Christi Dunlap, Executive Assistant
    • Sue Watson, Executive Assistant
      Sue Watson, Executive Assistant

    Our Board Officers

    • Ryan Engelhardt (President), Brilex Industries
      Ryan Engelhardt

      Brilex Industries

    • Chris Allen, Vallourec
      Chris Allen


    • Adam Sewell, Quality Switch
      Adam Sewell

      Quality Switch

    • Chris Plant
      Chris Plant


    • Joe Colletti
      Immediate Past President
      Joe Colletti

      Marsh Bellofram

    Our Approach

    Our Approach

    MVMC provides a network for Mahoning Valley manufacturers to identify common needs and problem-solve with their partners, sharing ideas and resources to develop a skilled workforce. We do this by:

    • Aggregating the needs of industry, identifying the skills necessary for current employees and the future workforce to succeed
    • Identifying solutions and establishing common priorities
    • Convening, aligning and coordinating partners, based on strengths and resources
    • Increasing awareness of manufacturing career pathways and opportunities to enter and succeed in skilled, high-wage occupations
    • Ensuring relevance and quality of programming to industry needs through manufacturer input and industry recognized credentials

    Our Members

    MVMC today includes more than 70 local manufacturers who are collaborating with our education and workforce partners to find solutions to grow the Mahoning Valley economy. MVMC’s education partners include Choffin Career and Technical Center, Trumbull, Mahoning and Columbiana County career centers, Eastern Gateway Community College, Youngstown State University, and Kent State University Trumbull Campus.

    Endorsed by the Ohio Manufacturer's Association

    Ohio Manufacturer's Association