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U.S. Manufacturing Index Slips Again

March 3, 2023

The downturn in manufacturing activity continued in February, according to the U.S. Manufacturing Outlook Index published by OMA Connections Partner RSM. The index shows a slowdown in employment growth and signs of excessive inventory.

The Institute for Supply Management’s manufacturing index also remained in negative territory for February. 3/1/2023

Publication Offers Keys to Operational Excellence

March 3, 2023

To help manufacturers manage disruption, drive efficiencies, and reduce costs, OMA Connections Partner Plante Moran has published this guidebook. It focuses on technology infrastructure; processes and the plant floor; supply chain management; and financial and tax considerations. 3/2/2023

Cosmetic Regulations Get a Facelift

March 3, 2023

OMA Connections Partner Dinsmore has published this list of requirements impacting cosmetic product manufacturers after enactment of the first federal cosmetics law since 1938. The law imposes several new mandates on cosmetic products and manufacturing facilities. 3/1/2023

Ohio Senate to Hold Hearings on Train Derailment

February 24, 2023

Ohio lawmakers plan to begin hearings next week on the Feb. 3 train derailment in Columbiana County. According to The Columbus Dispatch, Ohio Senate President Matt Huffman (R-Lima) wants to examine if any state laws need to be changed to enhance rail safety.

While interstate commerce is a federal issue, Huffman said “there are things the state controls like tort law, for example.” He said funding for East Palestine and the surrounding area could be added to the state budget.

Lawmakers are already proposing new rules for rail companies in Ohio’s next transportation budget. 2/23/2023

Rural Highway Infrastructure to See Large Funding Boost

February 24, 2023

The State of Ohio would establish a new Rural Highway Fund, with $1 billion in funds, under a substitute version of the transportation budget bill (HB 23). According to early details, 80% of those funds would be used to support projects on rural state highways; the remainder would be used for local governments.

The full House could vote on the transportation budget next week, according to Gongwer News Service. 2/22/2023

Husted Lays Groundwork for Future Statewide Run

February 24, 2023

Lt. Gov. Jon Husted this week revived his official campaign committee. The move signals a likely run for governor in 2026, reports say. In addition to filing the designation, the lieutenant governor has launched a new website. 2/23/2023

Analyzing America’s Defense Manufacturing Capabilities

February 24, 2023

Amid increased international conflict, the Washington Examiner (subscription) has published this analysis of the U.S. defense industry’s manufacturing capabilities.

A new report concludes the U.S. would exhaust its supply of key weapons in less than a week in a major conflict. (This four-minute video provides an overview of the report.) A “substantial decline” in competition in defense manufacturing and an over-dependence on manufacturing in hostile nations are key concerns. 2/20/2023

Manufacturing Dominates NE Ohio Economic Development

February 17, 2023

Manufacturing dominated northeast Ohio’s economic development in 2022, according to a new report. Team NEO — which represents 18 counties as one of JobsOhio’s six regional organizations — says nearly half of last year’s 88 projects were tied to “advanced manufacturing.” Another five were in the “automotive” or “aerospace and aviation” categories.

Cleveland Business Journal says much of this success can be tied to the JobsOhio model, which offers three competitive advantages when recruiting new investment and jobs. For more on JobsOhio, see this analysis recently published by the OMA. 2/15/2023

Check Out the Updated Connections Partners Directory

February 17, 2023

One of the benefits of OMA membership is access to trusted expertise. The OMA recently revised its Connections Partners Directory, an online resource that connects members to top experts in key issue areas — including energy, environment, HR, safety and workers’ compensation, taxes, and workforce.

See the full listing of categories in the updated Connections Partners Directory. 2/15/2023

Ohio Manufacturing in the Super Bowl

February 10, 2023

No Bengals or Browns in this year’s Super Bowl. But when Kansas City and Philadelphia meet this Sunday, the footballs used by both teams will have been proudly made in Ohio.

OMA member Wilson Sporting Goods and the employees at the company’s Hardin County facility have been manufacturing NFL footballs since 1955 — the year in which the Browns won their third NFL championship of the 1950s.

Over the decades, more than 700,000 footballs a year have been handmade in Ada, population 5,256. Watch this video for a glimpse inside Wilson’s facility; then check out the company’s recent Super Bowl commercial.

And don’t forget: OMA member Riddell, with operations in Lorain County, is a top supplier of NFL helmets. 2/9/2023