Audience Opinion Piece

Manufacturing X.0 (MX.0) Midwest Comes to America’s North Coast

Did you know that Superman and the Supercomputer are both from Ohio? Same with Carbon Fiber and the Traffic Signal? Everyone knows Ohio as the birthplace of aviation, but do you know what’s happening with Advanced Air Mobility (think drones) right now? How about with semiconductors, electrification, and advanced polymers?

Given Ohio’s history of innovation and manufacturing leadership, it makes sense to bring the MX.0 Midwest event to Cleveland, Ohio this Fall. I’m personally excited (really excited!) to host and to welcome all of you to “The LAND” to learn with, and from, your peers and make a difference together.

"America's North Coast" is a great spot for a dynamic event, and we welcome contributors from everywhere - the great-white north, the south, the east, and the west - anywhere manufacturing is as important to local communities as it is to ours. In northeast Ohio, manufacturing accounts for 30% of employment and 50% of the Gross Regional Economic Output. As for the state, Ohio retained its third-place ranking in manufacturing employment nationally, with 5.4% of all U.S. manufacturing jobs in 2022. As of Q3 2023, Ohio’s manufacturing GDP exceeded $133 billion, according to data published by the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis.

MX.0 Midwest is designed to deliver value for you. Your insights and perspectives are vital to our discussions on Manufacturing Excellence, smart manufacturing, IoT, workforce, data analytics, AI, Machine Learning, and more. The agenda features thought-provoking sessions led by peer practitioners sharing proven tactics in problem-solving and forward-looking strategies in smart manufacturing. Whether you're passionate about Continuous Improvement or curious about AI, sessions will provide valuable insights and actionable takeaways.

Networking done right is a super-power, and at MX.0 Midwest, you'll find an active community ready to engage and innovate together. Join us to refresh old connections and make meaningful new ones. Network with peers who share your vision and drive, exchange ideas, and explore programs and resources that can move you and your business forward.

Consider this my personal invitation to join us on September 25th, 2024. Cleveland is also known as “Believeland,” and I believe that at MX.0 Midwest we're not just attendees - we're collaborators, visionaries, and change-makers. So, mark your calendars and come ready to engage and to immerse yourself in our region’s thriving arts scene, savor culinary delights that reflect our diverse heritage, and experience firsthand why Cleveland is known for its welcoming spirit.

See you soon!


Chairman, MX.0 Midwest

Mike Yost, Director, Manufacturing Excellence Program, Manufacturing Works | Chair, Industry 4.0 Club

Mike Yost is driven to get help to every manufacturer looking for results under the banner of I4.0, IIoT, Digital Transformation, or Smart Manufacturing. A seasoned industry veteran, Mike brings over 35 years of industrial, nonprofit, and leadership experience to his role as industrial guide and connector.

He’s spent most of his career engaging and educating manufacturers on the role and value of modern information and internet technologies in transforming their operations. Mike is a proven thought leader and domain expert on a national and global level, as evidenced by his leadership roles at MESA International, CESMII - the Smart Manufacturing Institute, Manufacturing Works, and the Industry 4.0 Club.

He was also a contributing expert for the World Manufacturing Forum Report in 2017 & 2019, is the creator of “project IGBYS” and the “6 Degrees of Smart Manufacturing” YouTube series, and is the host of two current LinkedIn Live series: Industry 4.0 Club’s “Fireside Chat” and CESMII’s “Smart Manufacturing Mindset” series.

Mike has specialized in the Smart Manufacturing, Manufacturing Execution (MES), Manufacturing Intelligence (EMI) and Operations Management software arenas since 1999.  He has strong startup experience and has held various leadership roles in automation and industrial software businesses, including GE’s Proficy Software business, Activplant Corporation and Rockwell Automation, and as founder/advisor to  

He holds a B.S. in Industrial Engineering from the Pennsylvania State University and lives in Cleveland, Ohio, U.S.A. with his wife and five children.