YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – Manufacturing is an important part of the Mahoning Valley. Everyone knows about the Cruze, but our workers also make other things.
Those operations require a manager who makes sure the job gets done right.
Mike Conglose oversees Commercial Metal Forming, which has the nation’s highest market share of tank heads from 6 inches to more than 11 feet. He thinks the business opportunities with oil and gas are safe, despite a big drop in oil prices.
“That’s going to produce the foundation in the coming years to have a growing manufacturing base that’s going to support those industries. That’s going to open up a lot of opportunities for individuals within manufacturing,” Conglose said.
A recent survey showed that there are 64 job openings a year in the region for general and operations managers. That makes it one of the top 20 growing and in-demand careers.
Conglose summed up what makes a good manufacturing manager.
“A good strong knowledge base, from a standpoint of manufacturing and engineering, but also having a clear understanding of how the company or the business actually operates,” he said
Conglose is in charge of 52 hourly employees, as well as 13 other employees. Many of the workers have been on the job for 20 to 30 years and are ready to call it a career.
He said he is most excited about a Youngstown State University internship program which is developing a talent base to keep the best and brightest around here.
“Now you’ve opened up the door for some new talent, recent graduates,” he said. “Typically, what happens on occasions is that you’ll look to industrial engineers, manufacturing engineers, coming out of that concentration that ultimately can end up in positions like this.”
This is what Conglese calls the succession plan. It’s important because he says Commercial Metal Forming is here to stay, in its 97th year on Logan Avenue.
A bachelor’s degree is required for most manufacturing manager jobs, but the pay can work out to at least $80,000 a year.
For more information on available manufacturing jobs, as well as average pay and school choices, visit the OhioMeansJobs website.