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OMA’s Lindsey Short Elected Chair of Ohio Alliance for Civil Justice

February 23, 2024

Last week, the Ohio Alliance for Civil Justice (OACJ) elected Lindsey Short, one of OMA’s public policy directors, to serve as Chair of the organization.

The OACJ is a broad-based coalition that supports a common-sense civil justice system and promotes a healthy economic climate in Ohio by stopping lawsuit abuse. OACJ’s primary objective is to promote judicial candidates who believe in the principle of judicial restraint and oppose the unhealthy practice of legislating from the bench. 2/22/2024

Ohio Rolls Out AI Toolkit Prepping Students for the Future Workforce

February 23, 2024

InnovateOhio, under the leadership of LT. Governor Jon Husted, rolled out its AI Toolkit for students, parents, teachers, and school administrators last week.

The toolkit aims to advance knowledge and AI literacy as AI technology and tools continue to advance and become more practical.

This article from the Foundry details why manufacturers should take the advancement of AI seriously and the advantages AI can offer. 02/19/2024

CliftonLarsonAllen, LLP Publishes 2024 Manufacturing Outlook

February 23, 2024

OMA connections partner CliftonLarsonAllen, LLP recently published their 2024 Manufacturing Outlook.

The report details key opportunities and areas of interest that manufacturing leadership should consider this year. 2/21/2024

Bipartisan Group Warns Against Expanded ‘March-in Rights’

February 23, 2024

Earlier this month, formerly high-ranking officials from both Democrat and Republican administrations signed onto a letter urging against the Biden administration’s expanded ‘March-in rights’.

This featured op-ed from both directors of the US Patent and Trademark Office under Presidents Obama and Trump details the potentially disastrous consequences of the rule change to manufacturers’ intellectual property.

The OMA is on record with concerns about ‘March-in Rights’ and will continue to monitor these developments. 2/20/2024

The Rundown: All About AI

February 23, 2024

AI in the workforce dominated the headlines this week. There was too much not to cover, so here is this week’s Rundown:

  • Gen Z reports that being skilled in AI tools is a top priority for them heading into the job market.
  • Manufacturing is already emerging as a leader in using AI, from predictive maintenance, to supply chain improvement, and energy efficiency.
  • OMA connections partner RSM has developed an AI playbook designed to help leverage the potential of AI. 2/22/2024

Jessica Borza Joins the OMA as Managing Director of Workforce Services

February 16, 2024

The Ohio Manufacturers Association has named Jessica Borza as managing director of Workforce Services.

As part of the OMA Workforce Services leadership team restructuring, Beth Hahn was also promoted to senior director, Workforce Services. This restructuring will further excel the OMA’s talent strategies. 02/01/2024

Before Super Bowl, Officials Call on Manufacturers to “Calm Down” Shrinkflation

February 16, 2024

While the Chiefs were driving toward their third Super Bowl victory, officials in Washington drove the blame for so-called “shrinkflation” onto the food and beverage manufacturers keeping Americans fed during the game.

In the words of Taylor Swift, officials “need to calm down” before blaming industrious Americans for grocery prices.02/01/2024

OMA Opposes Biden’s Proposed March-In Rights

February 9, 2024

The OMA submitted public comments opposing the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s proposed rule that would allow the federal government to seize patents from manufacturers for products it deems too expensive. The rule directly manufacturers’ intellectual property rights could significantly impact innovation in the United States, jeopardizing the nation’s leading innovation economy. 02/01/2024

DeWine, ODOT Announce Funding for Local Bridges

February 9, 2024

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine and Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) Director Jack Marchbanks announced this week that more than a dozen major local bridge projects will receive funding to support rehabilitation and replacement work.

Nearly $59.5 million will be awarded to support 17 bridge projects in 12 counties as part of ODOT’s Local Major Bridge Program. Click here for a full list of the bridges. 2/7/2024

Manufacturing Productivity Trends Remain a Challenge

February 9, 2024

The recent gains in American productivity, if sustained, are a potential game changer for the economy, writes OMA Connections Partner RSM. The firm notes that the 3.2 % increase in productivity during Q4 2023 (2.7% on a year-over-year basis) has “most likely been a catalyst for both robust economic growth and disinflation.”

But U.S. manufacturing continues to face long-term productivity challenges. This graph shows the manufacturing sector’s labor productivity (output per hour) has declined or been stagnant for the last dozen years. 2/7/2024