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OMA Outlines Policy Agenda 2018/19

August 10, 2018

The Ohio Manufacturers’ Association (OMA) has just published its seven-point Public Policy Competitiveness Agenda 2018/19 as the organization prepares for its 109th year of protecting and growing Ohio manufacturing.

These policy priorities reflect manufacturers’ requirements as expressed by members through the association’s policy committees, board of directors, and other forums.

“Our members drive the policies that protect and grow Ohio manufacturing. We look forward to continuing to work with them through the fall and as the 133rd Ohio General Assembly is seated in January 2019,” commented OMA’s Ryan Ausgburger, VP and Managing Director, Public Policy Services.

Members are encouraged to share the agenda with their elected officials. Let us know if you would like hard copies.

Learn more about committee work here and join policy committees at My OMA (see My Communities). 8/7/2018

“GOP Skirts Disaster in Ohio”

August 10, 2018

So says Politico in a headline story on Tuesday’s special election for Ohio’s 12th congressional district, a race closely watched across the country as a bellwether for November’s general election.

State Senator Troy Balderson from Zanesville was initially up by 1,700 votes over Franklin County Recorder Danny O’Connor. The district is overwhelmingly Republican. In the last election for this seat, former Congressman Pat Tiberi won by 31 points. Governor Kasich held the seat before Tiberi.

The result is being read by national political pundits as trouble for Republicans for control of the House post November. But, the pundits haven’t been getting much right lately. 8/8/2018

RSM on Impact of Import/Export Taxes

August 10, 2018

According to OMA Connections Partner RSM: “The hit to the economy caused by the taxes on imports and exports will spread asymmetrically across the industrial ecosystems that make up the domestic economy. Based on our conversation with officials in Washington, it is apparent that the middle market will bear a disproportionate burden of adjustments from trade tariffs and should prepare accordingly.”

You can read further in RSM’s August issue of The Real Economy, in which the potential of a global trade war and specific industry impacts are discussed. 8/7/2018

OMA-PAC Board Endorses DeWine-Husted

August 3, 2018

The OMA-PAC board of directors of The Ohio Manufacturers’ Association (OMA) has formally endorsed the Mike DeWine-Jon Husted ticket in the 2018 gubernatorial race.

“The board’s endorsement of DeWine-Husted was based on the ticket’s focus on the economy, workforce development, jobs, education, opioids/substance abuse and strengthening communities,” said OMA-PAC Chair Jane M. Neal, senior vice president of AMG Vanadium LLC in Cambridge, Ohio. “These priorities are in line with manufacturers’ priorities.”

The OMA-PAC’s decision to endorse DeWine-Husted also reflects the candidates’ deep knowledge of and wide experience in state government.

“The DeWine-Husted team has the kind of frontline knowledge and experience that will serve Ohio well,” said Scott Balogh, president and CEO of Mar-Bal, Inc. in Chagrin Falls, Ohio, and OMA chairman of the board and member of the OMA-PAC executive committee. “As it faces complex challenges, Ohio deserves strong leaders with vision and commitment to capitalize on opportunities. We believe those leaders are Mike DeWine and Jon Husted.”

Here’s the OMA-PAC’s press statement. 8/1/2018

OMA’s 2018 Ohio Election Guide Posted

July 27, 2018

Dear Fellow Ohioan:

Producing the Ohio Election Guide is a biennial tradition of The Ohio Manufacturers’ Association going back more than two decades. The Guide is a highly anticipated resource around “Cap Square” and well beyond.

It is compiled to provide comprehensive information about our state, federal and key judicial candidates. And it is compiled to provide insights about Ohio’s House, Senate and Congressional districts.

Political Index—The updated 2018 political index incorporates six recent major elections and represents the district’s relative Republican/Democrat voting strength. The 2014 and 2016 indices are also provided to inform political-leaning shifts in the districts.

Updated demographic profile for each district—There are fresh district demographic data that can provide insight into the socioeconomic makeup of the citizen base in each district.

There continues to be no more pressing issue than the economic vitality of Ohio and the availability of good jobs for its citizens. The work of our elected leaders and officials contributes greatly to the social and economic environment in Ohio. We acknowledge their courage in undertaking the grave responsibilities of elected office and we thank them for working to protect our citizens and our democracy.

Please acknowledge the advertising organizations that make this project possible. The Ohio Election Guide is funded solely through the support of these friends of good government.

Finally, make your unique voice heard! Vote in the November 6th elections!

Sincerely,

 

 

Scott J. Balogh
President & CEO
Mar-Bal, Inc.
Chairman, The Ohio Manufacturers’ Association

House Seats New Member

July 27, 2018

This week J. Todd Smith was sworn in to the Ohio House of Representatives as its newest member. He was appointed to fill the vacant seat in the 43rd House District.

Former representative Jeff Rezebek was appointed by Governor Kasich to fill a vacancy on the Montgomery County Juvenile Court bench.

Smith is a graduate of Cincinnati Christian University and has been the pastor at The Church at Farmersville for 21 years.

Smith is an active participant in his community and local school district. He is running for reelection to the 43rd House District this fall. 7/26/2018

ODOT Proposes Heavy Truck Permit Fee Increase in Draft Rule Package

July 27, 2018

ODOT’s package of proposed rule revisions governing the movement of permitted heavy trucks has advanced through the regulatory process and is nearing the final stage. But there is still time for manufacturers to review and comment on the proposed revisions.

Certain heavy truck fees will be increased under the proposal, a measure which is intended to finance greater permit processing efficiency.

A public hearing will be held in Columbus on August 17. Learn more about the hearing or how you can file comment by viewing this public hearing notice. 7/26/2018

Ohio Manufacturing Counts!

July 20, 2018

The facts are in and the news is good. Ohio is still powered by manufacturing.

At 17%, manufacturing’s contribution to Ohio’s GDP is greater than any other industry sector.

The average annual wage in Ohio manufacturing is $58,800 and the total manufacturing payroll of $40 billion is greater than any other industry sector.

700,000 Ohioans work in manufacturing, more than one out of every 10 Ohioans.

OMA has prepared Ohio Manufacturing Counts 2018/19 to give Ohioans an understanding of the importance of manufacturing to the state and to the future of the state. The data are from a wide variety of sources and are the most recent available.

OMA will share this publication with members of the General Assembly and media. Please share this resource widely with your elected officials, your employees, and within your community to communicate the importance of protecting and growing Ohio manufacturing.

Please acknowledge our sponsors: Ariel Corporation, Alliance for Working Together, Bricker & Eckler, Carpenter Lipps & Leland, and Fredon Corporation. 7/18/2018

It’s Like Rocket Science

July 20, 2018

The Ohio Federal Research Network (OFRN) is designed to expand Ohio’s leadership in defense and commercial aerospace research, development, and sustainment of unmanned air systems (UASs), personal air vehicles (PAVs), and logistics delivery air vehicles (LDVs).

In funding round three, four collaborative projects were successful in obtaining funding. Read about that here.

OFRN has leveraged $32 million in state funds to attract nearly $120 million in new research awards, and $350 million more in its funding pipeline. OFRN research projects include 11 universities and community colleges throughout the state and 56 industry partners. 7/18/2018

Largest Automated Vehicle Testing Facility in N.A. Coming to Ohio

July 13, 2018

Together with Governor Kasich and senior state officials, Transportation Research Center Inc. (TRC Inc.), the largest independent automotive proving ground in North America, broke ground this week on the SMARTCenter ‒ a state-of-the-art automated and connected vehicle testing facility.

The SMARTCenter is designed to test advanced automotive and mobility technologies in a safe, secure, and repeatable real-world environment before the vehicles are deployed on public roads and highways. 7/12/2018