News and Analysis
MAGNET — an OMA Connections Partner and Northeast Ohio’s Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) — this week unveiled its long-term vision to advance the region’s manufacturing sector.
The “Make It Better: A Blueprint for Manufacturing in Northeast Ohio” campaign aims to bring together manufacturing CEOs, community leaders, business leaders, workers, students, and others to focus on the talent, technology, innovation, and leadership that manufacturers need to be globally competitive.
The OMA is a partner in the initiative. OMA board member Lissa Barry, president of Delta Systems, spoke at the blueprint launch, highlighting the workforce challenges that manufacturers face. For more on MAGNET’s effort, download the blueprint report. 6/9/2021
OMA Connections Partner RSM has published its latest manufacturing newsletter, Manufacturing Insights. The issue includes analysis on how to improve your company’s ability to forecast demand, the importance of guarding against cyberattacks, and the possibility of a global minimum tax. 6/9/2021
This week, former President Donald Trump endorsed Mike Carey in Ohio’s crowded 15th Congressional District race to succeed former U.S. Rep. Steve Stivers, who retired last month to head the Ohio Chamber. Carey is vice president of government affairs at coal mining company American Consolidated Natural Resources. Trump’s endorsement comes just a week after Stivers endorsed state Rep. Jeff LaRe (R-Violet Township).
Meanwhile, Ohio Supreme Court Justice Jennifer Brunner (D) announced she is running for chief justice of the high court. If elected, Brunner would be the first Democrat to hold the office in 35 years.
And finally, former U.S. Rep. Jim Renacci (R) — a vocal critic of Ohio’s COVID-19 response — announced he will challenge incumbent Gov. Mike DeWine in next year’s GOP gubernatorial primary election. Just when you thought Ohio politics were getting boring. 6/9/2021
This week, the OMA provided testimony to the House Commerce and Labor Committee in support of House Bill 272. In an attempt to curb counterfeit and stolen goods from being sold online, HB 272 would require online marketplaces to collect basic information from third-party sellers selling goods on these platforms. As e-commerce has grown in popularity, especially during the pandemic, it is important that online platforms have a minimum standard of seller verification to protect both consumers and legitimate businesses. 6/10/2021
After a 100-day review, the Biden administration this week announced a series of steps it will take to strengthen the nation’s critical supply chains, build domestic manufacturing capabilities, and address existing vulnerabilities. The administration’s 250-page report recommends more focus on four products critical to the U.S. economy: large capacity lithium batteries, rare earth minerals, semi-conductors, and active pharmaceutical ingredients.
National Association of Manufacturers President and CEO Jay Timmons thanked the administration for its work to enhance manufacturing supply chains. 6/9/2021
Global steel production has more than tripled over the past 50 years, despite nations like the U.S. and Russia relying more on imports. China and India have consistently grown their production to become the top two steel producing nations. This infographic, published by Visual Capitalist, shows the top crude steel producers as of 2020. 6/7/2021
In a guest editorial that appeared this week in The Plain Dealer and at Cleveland.com, OMA President Ryan Augsburger writes that Ohio — the third-largest manufacturing state — can expand its manufacturing base by focusing on three key opportunities and challenges in the post-pandemic period. Specifically, he points to growing Ohio’s manufacturing workforce, seizing reshoring opportunities, and ensuring an even more competitive business climate. 6/2/2021
The Ohio Senate this week made its first-round revisions to the voluminous state budget bill (House Bill 110). The budget can alter hundreds of policies, affecting many facets of regulation and state spending. This Leadership Briefing includes separate stories on the Senate budget provisions of greatest interest to manufacturers, but other provisions worth noting include:
- Removal of the House’s increase in K-12 school funding;
- Expansion of the Buy Ohio program that would encourage public sector entities to purchase locally produced PPE and related products; and
- Retention of a workforce apprenticeship program to be administered by MAGNET, Northeast Ohio’s Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP).
OMA Managing Director of Public Policy Services Rob Brundrett testified this week in support of the budget language to exempt temporary employment services from sales tax, while highlighting the need to continue funding the expansion of industry sector partnerships for workforce development. Another round of budget changes will occur next week before the Senate is expected to complete action on HB 110 and send the measure to a joint House-Senate conference committee. 6/3/2021
Former U.S. Rep. Steve Stivers (R) — who represented Ohio’s 15th Congressional District for the past decade before resigning last month to lead the Ohio Chamber — has endorsed state Rep. Jeff LaRe (R-Violet Township) for Stivers’ old seat. A special election primary will be held Aug. 3; the general election will be held Nov. 2.
LaRe is a former Fairfield County Sheriff’s Office deputy. According to The Columbus Dispatch (subscription), Stivers’ endorsement could give LaRe an edge in a crowded GOP primary against 11 other Republicans. 6/3/2021
JobsOhio reports that a record 22,176 new businesses were created statewide in April 2021. The statewide economic development corporation says Ohio is expected to see a hiring boom after several global companies pledged to invest more than $600 million and create more than 3,000 jobs. 6/1/2021