News and Analysis
OMA President Eric Burkland and MAGNET President and CEO Ethan Karp recently teamed up on this editorial in Crain’s Cleveland Business to discuss efforts by Ohio manufacturers to produce desperately needed protective equipment for front-line medical workers and first responders.
The pair wrote: “Coming out of this crisis will be the right time to bring more supply chains back home, starting with the medical sector and expanding from there. … It will allow us to make more things locally. And the more local products we create, the more jobs we create.” 4/13/2020
The Cleveland Fed has just published a three-part series on manufacturing in the industrial heartland. “Manufacturing under Pressure” weaves together the observations and family stories, and includes data visualizations, photography and videography that offer an overview of how manufacturing in our region has evolved over the past 140 years.
Despite the challenges, “the future is bright for U.S. manufacturing and the people and places invested in it,” the Cleveland Fed writes. 4/15/2020
Forbes reports on a recent study that finds more U.S. manufacturers are either leaving China or contemplating an exit. The U.S.-China trade war and supply chain disruption due to COVID-19 are driving factors.
According to global manufacturing consulting firm Kearney and its seventh annual Reshoring Index, there has been a “dramatic reversal” in the index’s five-year trend “as domestic U.S. manufacturing in 2019 commanded a significantly greater share versus 14 Asian exporters tracked in the study,” 4/13/2020
Just how large is China’s manufacturing output compared to that of the rest of the world? HowMuch.net has produced this infographic to help visualize China’s manufacturing economy. The infographic also shows that manufacturing remains an essential component of U.S. GDP at $2.33 trillion in 2018. 4/13/2020
On Thursday, April 9, Gov. Mike DeWine announced that the Ohio Manufacturing Alliance to Fight COVID-19 has assembled a team of Ohio manufacturers to make between 750,000 and one million high-quality, reusable face shields over the next five weeks to help combat the spread of the virus.
Soon, hundreds of thousands of high-quality, reusable face shields will be shipped across the state from Hudson, Ohio-based Little Tikes™ — a manufacturer that normally produces toys. The project involves a supply chain of 19 manufacturers, three hospitals and multiple additional partners. Together, they have done in a matter of days what would normally take several months.
“These face shields will make a difference as we fight this invisible enemy,” said Gov. DeWine. “This reinforces what we know about Ohio companies — they are generous and will answer the call when needed. Together, we are going to protect our protectors and strengthen our manufacturing sector.”
To date, the Alliance has received more than 1,500 communications from manufacturers and individuals who want to help in this effort. Manufacturers with the potential to produce PPE are urged to visit RepurposingProject.com, review the list of in-demand products, and fill out the online response form if they can help. 4/9/2020
This week, Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine and Lt. Governor Jon Husted announced the creation of the Office of Small Business Relief (OSBR) within the Ohio Development Services Agency. OSBR will help businesses navigate state and federal relief programs, as well as regulatory issues during the COVID-19 outbreak and subsequent economic recovery.
The OSBR website contains FAQs and other helpful resources, and new services and support will be added to the site as they become available. If you’re unable to find answers to your questions on the website, email the OSBR or call 1-833-249-6446. 4/8/2020
The Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA), an OMA Connections Partner, has unveiled its Medicine Assistance Tool (MAT) to provide patients with information to make more educated health care decisions. MAT is a search engine designed to help patients, caregivers and health care providers learn more about the resources available through various biopharmaceutical industry programs.
With health care costs remaining a challenge for most manufacturers, this tool is one worth checking out. 4/6/2020
In recent weeks, the OMA has devoted much of its social media activity to sharing positive news about Ohio manufacturers that are helping their communities by donating protective gear or are pivoting to manufacture products that will help win the fight against COVID-19. We have compiled a list of some of these stories, available here.
In the meantime, if you know of a published news article or press release that spotlights your company’s actions — and you’d like us to share it with OMA followers — let us know. 4/9/2020
This week, an animated parody of the old sitcom “Laverne & Shirley” made the rounds on the internet. Instead of the show’s two characters, the online parody features Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine and his health director, Dr. Amy Acton — with humorous cameos by Lt. Gov. Jon Husted and sign language interpreter Marla Berkowitz. Showcased are several Ohio connections, including Battelle, Ohio State’s Brutus, and Purell hand sanitizer.
The animated production is the creation of Dave Stofka, a freelance web developer in northeast Ohio. He told news media he never wanted to make light of the illness or people being out of work, but that he created the piece to cheer people up. Mission accomplished, Dave. 4/7/2020
On Wednesday, April 1, Gov. Mike DeWine announced the creation of the Ohio Manufacturing Alliance to Fight COVID-19 — a public-private partnership that aims to help meet the urgent need for more Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) used by health care workers and first responders.
The OMA is a lead partner in the effort, along with the Ohio Manufacturing Extension Partnership (and its partner organization MAGNET), the Ohio Hospital Association, JobsOhio, the Ohio Development Services Agency (DSA), the Ohio Department of Administrative Services (DAS), and the Ohio Department of Health (ODH).
To date, nearly 700 communications have been received from manufacturers and individuals who want to help. Manufacturers who have the potential to produce PPE are urged to visit RepurposingProject.com, review the list of in-demand products, and fill out the online response form if they can help. 4/1/2020