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Survey: Concerns Over Workforce, Trade Affect Manufacturers’ Optimism

June 28, 2019

Nationwide, manufacturers were feeling more cautious about their economic prospects in the second quarter, according to the NAM’s latest Manufacturers’ Outlook Survey. While 79.8% of American manufacturers rated their outlook as positive, that was a drop from 89.5% in the first quarter of 2019. When analyzing specific issues, 68.8% of respondents said workforce was their top concern. On trade, 56.0% reported uncertainty due to the USMCA, U.S.-China trade disputes, the threat of Section 232 auto tariffs, and the tariffs on Mexico, which has since been resolved. 6/25/2019

Manufacturers Can Request ‘List 3’ Tariff Exemption Beginning June 30

June 28, 2019

According to OMA Connections Partner Dinsmore, businesses have until Sept. 30 to file a request to be exempted from the 25% tariffs (List 3) recently placed on $200 billion worth of Chinese goods on May 10, 2019. The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) has posted instructions on how to request an exclusion of certain products covered by the Trump administration’s third — and latest — round of tariffs. Interested parties can make their exclusion requests online beginning noon Sunday, June 30. See Dinsmore’s update for more on this and other tariff-related issues. 6/26/2019

SCOTUS Ruling Means Ohio’s Current Congressional Districts Will Remain Until 2022

June 28, 2019

In a 5-4 ruling Thursday, the U.S. Supreme Court declared that federal courts should not decide congressional redistricting disputes. As interpreted by Poltico, the ruling is “a boon to Republicans, who control the majority of state legislatures,” which draw the congressional district maps in most states.

The ruling means Ohio will keep its current legislative districts until 2022. Republicans have held 12 of Ohio’s 16 congressional districts since the last redistricting process after the 2010 census. 6/27/2019

OMA Board Elects Jane Neal as New Chair

June 21, 2019

On Tuesday, June 18, the OMA Board of Directors met for their quarterly meeting at the OMA headquarters. Key actions taken by the board included the election of officers and new directors.

Jane Neal, senior vice president of AMG Vanadium LLC, was elected new chair of the OMA, replacing Scott Balogh, president and CEO of Mar-Bal, Inc., following his two years of leadership as chair. Billy Vickers, president and CEO of MAI-GLA, was elected first vice-chair.

To recognize Balogh’s service, the OMA made a donation in his name to Modern Warrior Live — a theatrical production of a combat veteran’s journey.

The following new directors were elected to the board:

Guest speakers at the meeting included Ohio Excels President Lisa Gray, who discussed efforts to enhance Ohio’s K-12 education system and graduation standards. Lydia Mahalik, director of the Ohio Development Services Agency, briefed the board on House Bill 2, which would boost industry-recognized credentials and regional industry sector partnerships. 6/18/2019

In his last board meeting as OMA chairman, Scott Balogh of Mar-Bal, Inc. this week recapped his experience leading the association.

Senate Passes State Operating Budget

June 21, 2019

The Ohio Senate on Thursday passed House Bill 166, the state operating budget. The passage came following the Senate Finance Committee’s acceptance of an omnibus amendment that was comprised of eight pages of bullet-point changes. Among these changes were new graduation standards, H2Ohio provisions, and increased funding for the TechCred program. The House did not concur with the Senate changes.

The House and Senate will soon designate appointees for a conference committee, which will begin negotiations as the House, Senate, and governor will work towards an agreement on the bill’s final provisions. The deadline for final budget passage is Sunday, June 30. The OMA will continue to work with the legislature to protect Ohio’s manufacturers in this final stage of consideration. 6/20/2019

Have You Started Planning for MFG DAY?

June 21, 2019

Manufacturing Day — the annual celebration of modern manufacturing that is meant to inspire the next generation — will be held this year on Friday, Oct. 4. Now is the time to begin planning.

MFG DAY is an opportunity to educate young people — and their parents and educators — about 21st century manufacturing. According to Deloitte’s 2016 survey, 84% of students who attended MFG DAY events emerged “more convinced that manufacturing provides careers that are interesting and rewarding.”

The OMA encourages its members to open their doors to students, parents, teachers, and community leaders. (Here is who has already registered.) While MFG DAY is Oct. 4, companies and organizations should plan their events on the date in October that works best for them. Events can be marked as public or invitation-only. To register, or for help with publicizing your event, click here. 6/17/2019

OMA More Active Than Ever on Social Media

June 21, 2019

When the Pew Research Center began tracking social media use in 2005, just 5% of American adults used at least one of these platforms. Today, 72% of the public uses some type of social media. For those under 30, the figure exceeds 90%. That’s why the OMA has become more active in its use of LinkedIn, Twitter, and Facebook. If you’re using one or more of these social media platforms, be sure to check out the OMA’s pages for manufacturing news and information, as well as announcements and updates. 6/19/2019

State Budget Nears Vote by the Full Senate

June 14, 2019

The Ohio Senate this week made their first round of amendments to the state’s two-year, main operating budget, contained in House Bill 166. Early next week, the upper chamber will make further revisions before voting on the final Senate version and sending it to a joint House-Senate conference committee that will reconcile various differences between the two chambers.

The current Senate version of the bill includes $33.58 billion in General Revenue Fund spending in Fiscal Year 2020, down $10.64 million from the House version, and $35.24 billion in FY 2021, up $23.15 million from the House version. Across all funds, the Senate version allocates $69.83 billion in FY 2020, up $18.20 million from the House, and $71.88 billion in FY 2021, up $187.36 million from the House.

The final budget must be presented to Gov. Mike DeWine no later than June 30. 6/13/2019

Top Three Factors Disrupting the Food Industry

June 14, 2019

In a recent blog post, JobsOhio’s Joe Needham — director of food and agribusiness for the state’s private economic development corporation — writes about the key factors currently disrupting the food industry: financial pressure, consumer preference, and technology. “These trends are causing and enabling significant shifts and disruption in the Ohio and the U.S. food manufacturing system,” Needham writes. See the article here. 6/10/2019

Study: Ohio Gets High Marks for Fun

June 14, 2019

Looking for fun this summer? You’ll find it in Ohio, which has just been ranked the 13th “most fun” state by personal finance website WalletHub.com.

To determine the states that have more fun, WalletHub examined dozens of comparisons within the broader categories of “entertainment & recreation” and “nightlife.”

According to the website’s analysis, Ohio is fifth best for number of golf courses and country clubs per capita; ninth for movie theaters per capita; and 11th for fitness centers per capita. The state also scored well for number of restaurants, amusement parks, and performing-arts theaters. 6/13/2019