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OMA Holds Quarterly Board Meeting

June 7, 2024

This week, the OMA held its quarterly board meeting in Zanesville, updating members on the activity and health of the organization.

Following the meeting, OMA board members and staff were treated to a tour of the AMG Vanadium facility, receiving a crash course in how important vanadium is in the manufacturing of oil, steel, and batteries. Thank you to Jane Neal, Senior Vice President of AMG Vanadium, for organizing the tour! 6/5/2024

OMA Elects New Board Members

June 7, 2024

During the OMA Board Meeting in Zanesville, three new board members were elected:

  • Dr. Sharon Kennedy, Senior Director of Manufacturing at Colgate Palmolive
  • Mark Lamoncha, President and CEO of Humtown Products
  • Michael Madriaga, Director of Government and Industry Relations at The J.M. Smucker Company

Welcome to our new board members! 6/5/2024

OMA Staff Attend Production Launch of Honda Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle in Ohio

June 7, 2024

OMA staff this week attended the production launch of the 2025 Honda CR-V FCEV fuel cell electric vehicle (FCEV) at the Performance Manufacturing Center (PMC) in Marysville.

The CR-V FCEV is the first and only FCEV made in the U.S., combining Honda’s hydrogen fuel cell system with plug-in EV charging capability. 6/5/2024

Ohio Manufacturers Go To Washington, D.C.

May 30, 2024

Last week, the OMA hosted its first ever Government Affairs Committee in Washington, D.C.!

Manufacturers from all corners of Ohio descended on our nation’s capital last Tuesday, meeting with key officials to discuss the strength of Ohio’s manufacturing industry and federal efforts to promote reshoring.

Highlights include a meeting with Senator Sherrod Brown in the Senate Banking Committee room, the return of OMA’s Food & Beverage Manufacturers’ Policy Council, and a reception at the Canadian Embassy.

Thank you to all our members for making this a productive and successful event! To view and download the full gallery of photos, click here. Feel free to share your trip on social media with the hashtag: #OhioMFGtakesDC. 5/29/2024

Scott Corbitt of Anheuser-Busch Passes Gavel of the OMA’s Government Affairs Committee to Luke Harms of Whirlpool

May 30, 2024

Last week in Washington D.C., Scott Corbitt, Regional Vice-President at Anheuser-Busch passed leadership of the OMA’s Government Affairs Committee to Luke Harms, Director of Government Relations at Whirlpool.

Scott has served as chair since 201. Thank you Scott for your leadership and service to the organization. 5/28/2024

Governor DeWine Calls Special Session to Ensure Biden Ballot Appearance

May 30, 2024

This week, the Ohio General Assembly was called to hold a special session by Governor Mike DeWine to ensure President Joe Biden is on Ohio’s ballot this November.

The session comes after the reveal that, under current Ohio law, elections officials must certify the November ballot 90 days before the election on Aug 7. Biden will not be nominated until the Democratic National Convention on Aug 19.

National Democrats then announced this week that they plan to nominate Biden remotely, in order to bypass this law. This leaves the results of the special session Tuesday uncertain, with both chambers continuing to work on their own fixes. 5/29/2024

Governor DeWine Announces $5 Million for Transportation Projects

May 30, 2024

This week, Ohio Governor Mike DeWine and the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) announced nearly $5 million to support more than a dozen transportation projects throughout the state.

Among the 14 projects are improvements to pavement, intersections, drainage, and the construction of roundabouts and turn lanes. 5/30/2024

Ohio Senate Passes Asbestos Claims Bill

May 30, 2024

The Ohio Senate last week passed Senate Bill 63, which would protect Ohio manufacturers by reducing potential legal costs related to asbestos claims. The average number of defendants named in asbestos cases has tripled since the 1980s.

OMA had previously provided testimony in support of the bill, which would prevent employers from being named as a defendant in asbestos cases without proof of exposure.

The bill will now go to the Ohio House for consideration. 5/22/2024

Biden Administration Gets Tough on China

May 23, 2024

The Biden Administration recently rolled out a series of tariff hikes on China, citing unfair trade practices regarding technology, intellectual property, and innovation.

The tariffs, which are largely continuations of Trump-era policies, include hikes to Chinese made electric vehicle (EV) batteries, computer chips, steel, and aluminum.

The OMA will continue to monitor the tariffs and measure their impact on Ohio’s manufacturing industry. 5/20/2024

Ohio DOD Moves Forward with $800m Broadband Expansion Program

May 23, 2024

The Ohio Department of Development (DOD) this week began fine tuning a new round of broadband expansion funding aimed at achieving universal coverage across the state.

On May 28, BroadbandOhio will open a challenge window in which stakeholders can flag any inaccuracies in the federal broadband map showing coverage gaps across the state.

Once the state map is finalized, BroadbandOhio will submit it to the Federal Government for review. 5/20/2024