News and Analysis
The OMA has added to its growing list of news stories that spotlight Ohio manufacturers serving their communities, state, and nation by producing or donating protective equipment and supplies to fight COVID-19. These stories, which have been shared on OMA social media, show that Ohio manufacturers are leading the way during the pandemic. 8/26/2020
You have until Monday, Aug. 31 to sign up for a free, one-year subscription to Manufacturers Marketplace. This collaborative effort of the National Association of Manufacturers and state manufacturing associations connects U.S. manufacturers — and helps them expand their sales and strengthen supply chains.
Simply go to Manufacturers Marketplace and click “Create An Account.” Complete the requested information and use the promo code: COVID80. For questions, contact Marketplace Account Manager David Smart at 800-560-2857 or via email. Informational videos can be found here. 8/26/2020
Ohio manufacturers need public policies that attract investment and protect the state’s manufacturing legacy and advantage. That is why we have just released the 2020-21 edition of the OMA Public Policy Competitiveness Agenda.
The publication includes the OMA’s major policy goals in a variety of subject areas that impact manufacturing, including workforce, energy, taxes, and environment. Be sure to share this publication with your elected state officials. 8/20/2020
In the news this week were OMA members that have received the prestigious 2020 Manufacturing Leadership Awards, presented by the Manufacturing Leadership Council of the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM).
The Kenworth Chillicothe assembly plant was an award winner in the categories of Engineering and Production Technology Leadership and Operational Excellence Leadership. Columbiana-based Humtown Products won Leadership Awards in the categories of Engineering and Production Technology Leadership and Talent Management Leadership.
All award winners will be officially recognized at the Manufacturing Leadership Awards Gala, which will be held virtually Oct. 8, 2020. 8/20/2020
The Ohio Homeland Security (OHS) Strategic Analysis & Information Center recently analyzed the economic threat posed to Ohio businesses and institutions by economic espionage by China’s communist government.
According to the analysis, “it is likely that companies and corporations in Ohio will continue to be the target of sophisticated Chinese economic espionage operations,” while Ohio’s academic and research institutions “will continue to be targets of the Chinese government’s attempts to steal research and intellectual property.” 8/17/2020
The latest edition of the Inc. 5000 list was published earlier this month to recognize the fastest-growing privately held businesses in the nation. Multiple Ohio manufacturers made the list, including:
- Fab Glass and Mirror (Hilliard);
- CleanLife Energy (Cleveland);
- Team Fitz Graphics (Cincinnati);
- Cornerstone Research Group (Miamisburg);
- Garland Industries (Cleveland);
- Flavors15 (Miamisburg); and
- LSP Technologies (Dublin).
Overall, Ohio posted 152 companies on the list, accounting for $7.6 billion in revenue and more than 12,000 jobs created. 8/17/2020
With ten weeks remaining until Election Day, here is a summary of the latest election year polling:
- The RealClearPolitics average of nationwide presidential polls shows former Vice President Joe Biden leading President Donald Trump, including in most key battleground states.
- For Ohio-specific polling, FiveThirtyEight has this running average that accounts for the quality, sample size, and recency of presidential polls.
- RealClearPolitics has created maps to provide insight into which party will likely control the U.S. Senate and U.S. House based on the latest polls.
The OMA will soon post its Election 2020 web page and Ohio voter toolkit to help members easily access election information and resources. Here is our Ohio Election Guide, which contains details on Ohio’s House and Senate, Congressional, and select judicial races. Stay tuned for more. 8/20/2020
OMA Connections Partner Schneider Downs reports that COVID-19 is having a devastating effect on the nation’s infrastructure funds.
The federal Highway Trust Fund posted a 49% decline in receipts in May 2020 compared to a year earlier. Additionally, state departments of transportation project a 30% revenue decline in the next 18 months, while 65% of municipalities are being forced to delay or cancel capital expenditure and infrastructure projects. 8/18/2020
Gov. Mike DeWine announced this week that the Ohio Manufacturing Alliance to Fight COVID-19 is collaborating with Buckeye Mask Company and Stitches USA to produce millions of high-quality, cotton face masks to help combat the COVID-19 pandemic.
Earlier this year, the Alliance helped identify a new way to mass produce the masks using automation. With the help of JobsOhio, investments were made in newly designed equipment, which will eclipse the state’s original project of manually sewing 150,000 masks per week — boosting that number to 100,000 masks per day. This is the first example of reshoring an Ohio product that would otherwise be made overseas. 8/13/2020
Right now, manufacturers that have been doing the right thing throughout the pandemic to protect their employees and produce needed goods are being targeted by trial lawyers. Nationwide, COVID-19-related lawsuits nationwide number in the thousands.
Ohio has not been immune from this legal activity.
The OMA urges you to contact your state representative and senator using this easy communication tool. Ask them to do all they can to win immediate approval of legislation that will provide liability protection to businesses that have acted in good faith to protect employees. 8/13/2020