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Another One Bites the Dust

February 16, 2018

This week another Ohio gubernatorial candidate bowed out of the jam packed race. Former state representative Connie Pillich exited the democratic primary and endorsed her onetime opponent Richard Cordray for governor.

By exiting the race, she leaves current Lt. Governor Mary Taylor as the only female seeking a major party nomination to be Ohio’s next governor. 2/15/2018

Advanced Manufacturing Program Taking Proposals

February 16, 2018

Administered by the Ohio Development Services Agency the Advanced Manufacturing Program is now accepting proposals.

According to the department: “Advanced manufacturing projects supported through this Program must help Ohio firms to achieve: i) earlier entrance to market, ii) faster responses to changing customer needs, iii) higher quality or lower cost products or iv) improved efficiency, consistency and reliability.”

Projects must be one of two types:

Type 1 – Supply chain projects: This project type involves partnering with a large manufacturing firm to implement one or more related new technologies or processes across the small and medium sized manufacturers in a segment of the company’s supply chain.

Type 2 – Special projects in cyber-defense and internet-of-things: This project type involves the deployment of technologies to protect the manufacturing base from disruption by cyber-attack.

The Program is offering single awards in the amount of $100,000-$500,000. 2/13/2018

Manufacturers Win Asbestos Case

February 16, 2018

Manufacturers picked up a win when the Supreme Court of Ohio recently issued a decision reversing the Eighth District Court of Appeals and adopting the proposition of law to reject the cumulative exposure theory of causation and to require compliance with Ohio’s tort reform law to prove that a defendant’s asbestos product was a substantial factor in causing the plaintiff’s disease.

This decision upholds Ohio’s asbestos reform and protects companies that are named as defendants in asbestos litigation.

The OMA had filed an amicus brief in support of Honeywell and the important legal principal.

This case will be on the agenda of the upcoming OMA Government Affairs Committee meeting on March 7. All members welcome. Register here. 2/15/2015

9 Ds, 2 Rs Throw Hats into Gubernatorial Ring

February 9, 2018

When all was said and done, we have 11 candidates filing this week to become Ohio’s next governor.

The Republican field thinned to just two candidates: Attorney General Mike Dewine and Lieutenant Governor Mary Taylor. Meanwhile, the Democratic candidates could be a baseball team: 9 candidates are in the game.

Read about the candidates here. 2/8/2018

2018 Down Ticket Races Set

February 9, 2018

With the filing date passing this week, the down ticket races, both primaries and possible general election, are set.

Here’s a rundown on whom you’ll be voting this year in the Buckeye State. You’ll see just three primaries leading to the general election 10 months from now. 2/8/2018

Primaries for Tiberi, Renacci Seats Draw Lots of Candidates

February 9, 2018

All of Ohio’s congressional seats are up for election this year, as is Senator Sherrod Brown. At filing deadline, the races to replace Pat Tiberi and Jim Renacci have drawn the most candidates, as expected.

See all the candidates here for a congressional election year that has so much at stake: control of both houses of Congress. 2/8/2018

Surprise: Bipartisan Redistricting Reform Achieved

February 9, 2018

This week the Ohio General Assembly achieved what for so long seemed highly unlikely: bipartisan reform of Ohio’s congressional redistricting statutes.

To the victor belongs the spoils has long been the mantra for drawing the district lines for partisan purposes. That’s still the case, but with some sensible constraints to protect natural geographic constituencies (counties, cities, …).

Congratulations to the leadership in the House and Senate, both Republicans and Democrats alike, for coming together, compromising and achieving reform that will be good for Ohio. 2/8/2018

Lawmakers Rev Up Study of Autonomous Vehicles

February 9, 2018

Members of the House Transportation and Public Safety Committee continued hearings last month to examine autonomous and connected vehicles and Ohio’s infrastructure and industry. Presentations were offered by officials from JobsOhio, Ohio Turnpike, DriveOhio and 3M Connected Road Group.

Thomas Huie of 3M, said in his presentation that his company is working with automakers and regulators to develop pavement marking with a higher contrast to improve lane detection for vehicles equipped with machine vision systems and road signs with the capability to communicate with automated driving systems. 

Chairman Rep. Doug Green (R-Mt. Orab) said the committee will continue its investigation into smart vehicles in March with a road trip to the Transportation Research Center in East Liberty. The committee will hear testimony from the insurance industry in April and from cybersecurity experts in May.

Interested manufacturers can obtain copies of testimony or learn how to engage with this process by contacting the OMA’s Ryan Augsburger. 2/8/2018

What to Expect Next

February 9, 2018

Check out a good, comprehensive analysis of what to expect next from the president and Congress from OMA Connections Partner, Squire Patton Boggs. The firm does a deep dive into the issues that will affect American manufacturing and the economy. 2/8/2018

Pres. Trump Visits with Ohio Manufacturers to Underscore Tax Reform Benefits

February 9, 2018

This week President Trump visited Sheffer Corp., Cincinnati, to highlight the beneficial effects of tax reform on manufacturers.

The company manufactures hydraulic, pneumatic and custom cylinders for the marine, agriculture, oil and gas, and aerospace industries.

Because of the new changes to the tax code, Sheffer Corp. was able to give $1,000 bonuses to each of the company’s 126 employees this year.

Last week, the president met in the Oval office with an employee of Jergens, Inc., Cleveland.  Jergens passed along larger annual increases as a result of tax reform.

Read more in this post from the National Association of Manufacturers. 2/5/2018