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Webinar: Addressing Supply Chain Disruptions

January 26, 2024

On Feb. 15, OMA Connections Partner CliftonLarsonAllen will host a complimentary webinar for manufacturers to share insights on supply chain disruption trends.

Register for this learning event to learn about using modern software automation to increase supply chain visibility, improve inventory management, and enhance communication with suppliers. 1/25/2024

Tom Evans Named OMA’s Communications Director

January 26, 2024

Tom Evans has joined the OMA staff as director of communications and marketing. Tom will be a key contact for members of the news media, while helping oversee information services for OMA members.

An Ohio native, Tom is the former Ohio Senate deputy press secretary and digital media manager. He earned his bachelor’s degree in journalism from Abilene Christian University and Master of Public Administration from Ohio University. Tom is also an Army veteran. Read more in this OMA press release.

Tom and his wife live in Columbus with their two-year old son and Theo, their golden retriever. Tom keeps his competitive streak alive via powerlifting and golf. Email Tom to say hello. 1/23/2024

Ohio Claims 3 of 10 Housing Hot Spots

January 19, 2024

Cincinnati, Columbus, and Cleveland metro areas are predicted to be among the hottest housing markets in 2024, according to Zillow’s annual list.

Meanwhile, manufacturers can tell employees about Ohio Homebuyer Plus, a new state-administered savings program to encourage homeownership. Authorized under the state budget (House Bill 33), the program allows eligible residents to open enhanced-interest savings accounts. 1/16/2024

Map Your Supply Chains to Identify Risks

January 19, 2024

IndustryWeek has published this look at a supply chain mapping process developed by Iowa State University, which is part of the Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) national network. In Ohio, your regional MEP Center can help you map your key supply chains to identify risks and opportunities. 1/18/2024

Food Manufacturing Trends for 2024

January 19, 2024

Manufacturing Dive has published this article examining the key trends facing food manufacturers in 2024. Continued supply disruptions, tight labor markets, and price-sensitive consumers are factors that will impact the industry, experts say. 1/16/2024

Ohio Cities in Top 20 for STEM Careers

January 19, 2024

Two Ohio cities — Cincinnati and Columbus — have made WalletHub’s top 20 metro areas for STEM careers. The study compared the nation’s largest metro areas across 21 key metrics, from per-capita job openings for STEM graduates to median wage growth for STEM jobs. 1/18/2024

Allison Glasgow Joins OMA Staff as Director of Marketing and Events

January 19, 2024

Allison Glasgow recently joined the OMA staff as director of marketing and events. In this role, Allison will focus largely on member outreach while coordinating with OMA Public Policy Services. In this way, she will ensure members can maximize engagement via the OMA’s policy committee meetings, webinars, and special events.

Allison previously worked for the Ohio secretary of state and in the Kasich administration. She is a 2013 graduate of the University of Akron, where she was a part of the Ray C. Bliss Institute and majored in political science.

Allison has lived in Columbus for the last 11 years. She has a dog named Oshie, who loves to walk around the Scioto Mile. She likes to stay active by taking trips to explore new national parks or travelling to new cities with friends. Say hello to Allison by dropping her an email. 1/18/2024

Meeting Dates Set for OMA Policy Committees

January 12, 2024

OMA policy committee meetings are a key benefit of your membership. They allow members to gather insight from subject-matter experts, policymakers, and government agency officials while networking with peers. They also allow members to help set policy priorities for Ohio manufacturing.

With five standing policy committees — Energy, Environment, Government Affairs, Safety and Workers’ Compensation, and Tax and Finance — members may participate either virtually or in-person.

The OMA has released this schedule of its 2024 policy committee meetings. Make sure you’re signed up to receive the information, alerts, and meeting invitations by subscribing to the OMA communities relevant to you. 1/11/2024

OMA Questions Language in Civil Justice Bill

January 12, 2024

The Ohio House this week passed House Bill 179, which touches on key legal principles addressing Ohio’s civil justice system.

Among other things, HB 179 seeks to clarify vicarious liability — that is, when an employer is liable for an employee’s actions that cause personal injury to another employee. Because the bill’s language is unclear, HB 179 could potentially result in the over-naming of defendants, thereby increasing a business’ litigation costs.

As a member of the Ohio Alliance for Civil Justice, the OMA in 2023 provided testimony to express concerns regarding HB 179, which is now before the Senate for its consideration. 1/11/2024

Manufacturing Trends to Watch in 2024

January 12, 2024

Changes in data use, cybersecurity, and supply chains are among the top manufacturing trends to watch in 2024, according to this insight from OMA Connections Partner RSM. The firm has also published this analysis of manufacturers’ increased use of third-party e-commerce giants to sell their products. 1/8/2024