News and Analysis
In an effort to maintain the Buckeye State’s dominant role in the auto industry, the Ohio House this week passed OMA-supported House Bill 292.
If approved by the Senate and signed by the governor, the bill would establish the Electric Vehicle Commission, which would examine critical issues like workforce, production capacity, and industry constraints in the EV space. The commission would also help lawmakers diagnose industry needs and adopt policies to complement Ohio’s existing strengths in the EV market. 11/18/2021
This year’s OMA Food and Beverage Manufacturers’ Policy Council is set for Thursday, Dec. 9. This event will provide important legislative and regulatory updates for Ohio’s food and beverage manufacturers. There is no charge to attend, but the event is reserved for OMA members that are food and beverage manufacturers. If you haven’t already, register by calling (800) 662-4463 or emailing the OMA’s Rob Brundrett. 11/17/2021
This week, the Ohio Senate voted 31-0 to pass House Bill 215, which will allow any business to remain open during future pandemics. The bill has been sent to Gov. Mike DeWine for his signature or veto.
The “Business Fairness Act” would permit any business that would otherwise be ordered to close under a statewide health order to remain open as long as the business can demonstrate it is following the same safety protocols that are required of “essential businesses.” Due in large part to the work of the OMA, most Ohio manufacturers and their suppliers were deemed essential during the early stages of the COVID-19 outbreak in spring 2020. 11/17/2021
This week, the Ohio House voted 55-36 to approve of the state’s new congressional redistricting map. Critics say the map will unfairly lock in GOP control, while Republicans say the map is compact, competitive, and constitutional.
Because no Democrat supported the new map, it will only be in effect for four years instead of the typical 10 years. The bill — already approved by the Ohio Senate — now goes to Gov. Mike DeWine for his consideration. 11/18/2021
The Ohio Senate and House this week released their tentative schedules for next year. The second year of the 134th General Assembly will begin Jan. 19 in both chambers. 11/17/2021
After pulling back in August and September due to supply chain disruptions, U.S. manufacturing production rebounded in October, rising by 1.2%. Durable and nondurable goods production were both up by 1.3% for the month, according to Chad Moutray, chief economist for the National Association of Manufacturers.
OMA Connections Partner RSM notes total U.S. industrial production rose 1.6% in October, rebounding from the 1.3% decline seen in September. 11/17/2021
The holidays are a special time of year in Ohio, which is why TourismOhio has published a list of things to do in the Buckeye State. Whether you’re looking for a charming main street, Ohio-made products, trails of holiday lights, or a Christmas tree farm, this is an impressive list of attractions that you’ll want to share with co-workers and employees. 11/18/2021
As policymakers at both the federal and state levels attempt to impose their will on private employers’ COVID-19 policies, Ohio manufacturers are in the national spotlight for their visible role in the debate.
As previously reported, OMA member Phillips Manufacturing & Tower Company has partnered with the Buckeye Institute, a conservative think tank, in a lawsuit challenging the legality of OSHA’s emergency temporary standard (ETS). Phillips’ CEO Angela Phillips has penned this editorial at Real Clear Policy to explain her company’s rationale its legal action.
Meanwhile, an AP article published nationwide features a photo of Ross McGregor, president of OMA member Pentaflex Inc., as he testified at the Statehouse last month on behalf of the OMA against an Ohio House bill that would ban employers’ ability to require the vaccine. McGregor, a former Ohio lawmaker, told ABC News last week the federal ETS also concerns him because of its potential impact on the labor supply. 11/11/2021
OMA Connections Partner RSM reports the U.S. Labor Department’s producer price index (PPI) soared 8.6% in the 12 months through October. Here’s a look at the PPI for all manufacturing industries. (Meanwhile, the consumer price index surged 6.2%, the most since December 1990.)
Chad Moutray, chief economist for the National Association of Manufacturers, reports gasoline prices alone rose 6.7% last month. 11/10/2021
What are your top business concerns? How has COVID-19, the supply chain disruption, labor shortages, and policy actions impacted your operations?
The OMA and its Connections Partner Schneider Downs are conducting a five-minute survey to determine Ohio manufacturers’ biggest challenges, their responses to those challenges, and their outlook. The survey feedback is anonymous. Members are strongly encouraged to participate. 11/10/2021