Mar-Bal Sponsors 9th Annual RoboBots Program

April 27, 2019

Mar-Bal, Inc. was a Gold Sponsor of the AWT RoboBots program which is Northeast Ohio’s only high school combat robotics competition. The competition took place on April 27 and featured multiple teams battling for the chance to enter the National Robotics League competition.

AWT and Mar-Bal partner to provide rewarding experiences for manufacturers and help bridge the shortage of skilled workers. Vince Profeta, Mar-Bal’s Vice President of Product Engineering and Manufacturing Technologies, serves as a Director on the AWT board.

Since 2002, AWT’s mission is to promote the development of rewarding careers in manufacturing for the long-term success and growth of our manufacturing community. The organization started as a small informal group of 15 people. Now, the organization includes 100 member companies.

AWT works to challenge the perception of manufacturing. Although manufacturing is a growing industry in Ohio, there is a critical shortage of skilled workers to replace the baby-boomers who are approaching retirement. AWT works with the community and member organizations to build promising manufacturing careers for young workers.

Mar-Bal is excited to meet the future of manufacturing through the RoboBots program. Together AWT and Mar-Bal promote the importance of manufacturing in Ohio.






(Photos courtesy AWT RoboBots)


AWT RoboBots:

The AWT RoboBots program promotes partnerships between high school students and local business in the manufacturing industry.

For more information about how AWT promotes manufacturing careers (it’s not just robots), see our website at or our more serious Facebook page

Alliance for Working Together (AWT)

The AWT’s mission is to work together to promote rewarding careers in manufacturing. Old “industrial arts” and apprenticeship programs are dying and the baby boomers are approaching retirement ages. This is going to create a huge hole for employers in the manufacturing/machine trades industry unless future generations enter the field. People need to see that manufacturing is not dead. Visit for more information.