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Officials, Policy Experts Headline OMA ‘Food Day’

June 7, 2019

On Wednesday, state officials and policy experts addressed industry leaders at the OMA’s 2019 Ohio Food Manufacturers Policy Council — also known as “Food Day.”

The well-attended event — chaired by Jennifer Sweeney, director – government affairs for Campbell Soup Company — featured key members of Gov. Mike DeWine’s cabinet. Providing executive branch insight were Directors Jack Marchbanks of the Ohio Department of Transportation; Dorothy Pelanda of the Ohio Department of Agriculture; and Laurie Stevenson of the Ohio EPA.

The day was filled with expert analysis on several issues, including:

  • Foreign trade and tariffs;
  • Pending legislation in the Ohio Legislature;
  • Lake Erie Bill of Rights and Ohio water regulations;
  • Laws banning plastics and single-use packaging; and
  • Economic development efforts to grow the food industry.

The production of food and beverages contributes nearly $13 billion annually to Ohio’s economy, making it the state’s third-largest manufacturing sector. Ohio has approximately 1,300 food manufacturers, which employ more than 61,100 Ohio residents. 6/4/2019

Barry Named One of Northeast Ohio’s Top Executives

June 7, 2019

OMA board member Lissa Barry has been named one of Northeast Ohio’s top executives by Smart Business magazine and Corporate College, a division of Cuyahoga Community College. Barry is president and CEO of Delta Systems Inc., the Streetsboro-based company that provides the outdoor power equipment industry and adjacent markets with high-quality electronic components products.

The magazine stated that “much of Delta Systems’ success comes from collaboration, with Barry fostering an environment with the flexibility to encourage new ideas and experimentation.” Congratulations, Lissa! 6/4/2019

JobsOhio President Addresses OMA Government Affairs Committee

June 7, 2019

J.P. Nauseef, the president and chief investment officer of JobsOhio, addressed the OMA’s Government Affairs Committee this week, sharing his vision and strategy to create and retain jobs, while growing the state’s economy.

Nauseef told committee members that since taking the reins at Ohio’s top economic development entity three months ago, he has spent considerable time meeting with economic development professionals and business leaders across the state to better understand their needs. He has repeatedly heard concerns regarding available workforce to fill existing jobs, as well as the need for a “robust inventory of sites.” As an Air Force veteran, Nauseef said he is also prioritizing the Ohio’s ability to attract and support additional military activity.

Chaired by Scott Corbitt, region vice president for Anheuser-Busch, this week’s OMA Government Affairs meeting also included briefings on key policy issues including: transportation funding, energy legislation, workforce development, tort reform, and workers’ compensation policy.

The committee will meet again August 22. 6/5/2019

JobsOhio’s J.P. Nauseef (upper right) addressed the OMA’s Government Affairs Committee meeting on June 5.

Coalition Urges Senate to Drop Drug Price Controls

June 7, 2019

Among the many policy changes contained within the pending legislation to fund Ohio’s government (House Bill 166), is a provision to tie drug prices to an unproven foreign-based pricing index.

A coalition of businesses and organizations, including the OMA, recently wrote state senators asking them to reject the “International Pricing Index” proposal, as included in the House-passed version of HB166. The letter notes that if the proposal is enacted into law, “there are likely to be negative consequences for Ohians who depend on medication,” as well as for the Ohio economy.

More than 75,000 Ohioans are employed at more than 4,000 locations in the bio-science sector, which would be directly affected by the price control plan. 6/6/2019

NAM Official: USMCA Passage is Critical for Manufacturers in Every State

May 31, 2019

The National Association of Manufacturers has repeated its call for prompt congressional approval of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), which would modernize and replace the 25-year-old North American Free Trade Agreement.

The Trump administration has delayed submitting the treaty to Congress due to House Democrats’ concerns about the deal’s labor provisions. Formally submitting the treaty to Congress would trigger a 60-day deadline for USMCA’s approval, as dictated by the Trade Promotion Authority law.

Last year, Ohio manufacturers sold $27 billion of manufactured goods to Canada and Mexico. One in three manufacturers in the Buckeye State sells products to Canada and Mexico. Last month, the OMA wrote all members of Ohio’s federal delegation in support of the USMCA. If you would like to weigh in with your congressional representatives, click here. 5/28/2019

Deadline to Register for Ohio Food Manufacturers’ Event

May 31, 2019

The deadline is nearing to register for the OMA’s Food Manufacturers’ Policy Council, set for Tuesday, June 4, in Columbus. This is the most important public policy event of the year for Ohio’s food, beverage, and food packaging manufacturers. Click here for the day’s agenda. For more information or to register, call (800) 662-4463, or register online. 5/30/2019

Report: Celina has Ohio’s Fastest Growing Economy

May 24, 2019

With a population of just over 10,000, Celina is home to Ohio’s fastest-growing economy. That’s according to Ohio State University economist Mark Partridge, who told The Daily Standard that “since 2010, Celina is growing 20 times faster than the U.S. non-metro (rural) average in terms of jobs.” Celina Mayor Jeff Hazel said “this is due to the more than 600 businesses located within a mile of the city.”

Celina is located in Mercer County, where more than a quarter of jobs are in manufacturing.

According to Partridge, job growth in Ohio’s rural areas since 2010 has been strong, nearly comparable to the growth in the state’s major cities. 5/21/2019

Senator Brown Announces Manufacturing Camps

May 24, 2019

U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) has announced that his office is continuing a summer tradition of organizing manufacturing camps for Ohio students in fourth through eighth grades. The camps are aimed at exposing students to local manufacturing companies and potential career opportunities.

The senator’s office is partnering with the OMA and local businesses and community leaders to host 27 summer camps in 21 counties. A complete list can be found here.5/23/2019

It’s Not the Super Bowl, but it Will be a Big Party

May 24, 2019

Ohio, the birthplace of professional football, will host the 2021 NFL draft. The NFL announced this week that Cleveland, a city that knows how to tie partying to football, will be that year’s host city.

The Cleveland Browns will celebrate their 75th anniversary in 2021. 5/22/2022

CEO Survey: Ohio a Top 10 State for Business

May 17, 2019

Last week, Chief Executive magazine published its latest “Best and Worst States for Business” ranking. The comparison, which is based on surveys of CEOs from across the nation, ranked Ohio the ninth best state for business, a one spot improvement from 2018.

According to the magazine, “The Buckeye State continues to see strong growth in several sectors, including finance, manufacturing and logistics.”

Texas remained in the survey’s top spot, followed by Florida, Tennessee, North Carolina, and Indiana. Coming in last at No. 50 was California, preceded by New York, Illinois, New Jersey, and Connecticut. See the complete rankings here. 5/13/2019