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Guest Spotlight

Tom Lix, Cleveland Whiskey

Tom Lix is founder and CEO of Cleveland Whiskey, a company that uses a proprietary process to accelerate the aging of whiskey from 6-12 years to 24 Tom Lix, Cleveland Whiskeyhours.  Cleveland Whiskey also creates a series of unique finishes with local woods such as apple, honey locust and hickory that are not traditionally used for barrel production. Needless to say, the Northeast Ohio startup is pushing the boundaries of traditional whiskey and has expanded to trade agreements in Europe, China and Japan.  

Before coming up with an idea to develop a patented technology that dramatically speeds up the process of aged whiskey, Tom directed the Center for Entrepreneurship and taught at Lake Erie College; he was also vice president of the Cleveland Lakefront Development Corporation. He earned a doctorate in marketing management at Boston University. And more importantly, he learned to make spirits during his Navy days.

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Manufacturing Tomorrow is a podcast series brought to you by the Ohio Manufacturing Institute at The Ohio State University. Featuring the perspectives of manufacturing leaders, we focus on the advanced manufacturing innovations, solutions and partnerships that exist in our region now and that will propel industry in the future.

Our guests include the unsung heroes of advanced manufacturing, from company C-suite executives and engineers to industry-facing academics, supportive government agencies and regional economic development organizations. Interviews cover the latest topics on products, processes – and groundbreaking relationships –the best manufacturers engage in to infuse entrepreneurialism in their daily operations.

Our mission is threefold: to provide a voice to small and large manufacturers, educate the public on the value of manufacturing innovation to the U.S. economy, and showcase how Ohio’s technology resource support providers (e.g., higher education, technical centers, and MEPs) boost advanced manufacturing solutions. We ask guest speakers about what catalysts are needed to collaborate on new products and processes, how to reduce academic-industry barriers, and the types of technical resources that can truly bolster manufacturing productivity. 


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