News and Analysis
If your company is utilizing social media, check out this infographic at VisualCapitalist.com. It explores recent trends in social media use by generation, while providing insight into which social media platforms are seeing the most growth. 9/24/2019
On Tuesday, Sept. 17, the OMA’s board of directors held its quarterly meeting at OMA headquarters. Key actions included the board’s election of the following new directors:
Emily B. Elizer, Director of Government Affairs, PPG;
Stephen C. Jetter, VP – Engineering, Fort Recovery Industries, Inc.;
Jeff Oravitz, Board Director, Hunt Valve; and
Brent Rosebrook, VP of Finance & Administration, Pro-Tec Coating Co., LLC.
Directors heard from guest speakers, including Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) CEO/Administrator Stephanie McCloud, who briefed the board on the BWC’s Better You, Better Ohio!™ — a free health-and-wellness program for workers of small and mid-sized businesses in higher-risk industries, including manufacturing. She also discussed the BWC’s recent 20% reduction in the average premium rates paid by private employers.
This week’s board meeting, which was heavily focused on workforce development and energy policy, was the first under the leadership of new OMA Chairman Jane Neal, senior vice president of AMG Vanadium. During the meeting, OMA General Counsel Chris Slagle of Bricker & Eckler was presented a memorial donation from the board to the Tunnell Leadership Development Program — established by former OMA General Counsel Kurt Tunnell, who passed away last month. 9/17/2019
Ohio BWC CEO/Administrator Stephanie McCloud was among the guest speakers at this week’s meeting of the OMA’s board of directors.
According to the U.S. Chamber, half of America’s manufacturing jobs are dependent on exports. So when it comes to trade-related taxes, Ohio has much at stake. A new infographic by HowMuch.net shows that tariffs could negatively impact Ohio to the tune of $3.2 billion.
In some good news, federal data this week show U.S. factory output increased by 0.5% in August — more than forecast — signaling that U.S. manufacturing may be starting to stabilize. The increase included a 1.6% jump in the output of machinery, and a 0.9% expansion in fabricated metals. 9/18/2019
The producers of an upcoming feature film that casts aspersions on a manufacturer in the Ohio River Valley region has just released the movie’s trailer. The film ignores sound science and truth in order to foster a trial-lawyer agenda.
For years, the OMA has worked to improve Ohio’s legal climate from junk lawsuits that allege injury without proving causation. The OMA will be communicating to set the record straight and rebut the myths of this Hollywood fantasy. In doing so, we will also be defending our region’s job-creators and employees who make great products. Stay tuned. 9/19/2019
OMA Connections Partner RSM has published this article to highlight methods and strategies that OEMs and their suppliers can adopt to help them ride out times of turbulence. 9/17/2019
JobsOhio is celebrating the state’s solid rankings in recent competitiveness studies. Throughout the past year, the Buckeye State has made the top 10 lists of several annual comparisons of state business climates.
Most notable were Ohio’s rankings in the annual comparisons published by CNBC and Chief Executive, both of which showed significant improvement since the end of the Great Recession. Meanwhile, Area Development Magazine credited our state for having the most-improved economic development policies, and the ninth-best business climate overall. 9/18/2019
The National Football League — with its roots in Ohio — wants ideas for the next generation of football helmets. The winner of the 18-month contest will receive $2 million for development capital, as well as an additional $1 million prize. For those interested, a symposium will be held Nov. 13-15 in Youngstown to kick off the contest. Register before Oct. 2. 9/16/2019
Ahead of next month’s huge opioid trial in Cleveland, Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost recently asked the court with jurisdiction over the multi-state litigation to consolidate the more than 2,000 local-government lawsuits under state attorneys general. After a federal judge denied the motion, AG Yost assailed the decision and announced his support for legislation to ensure that attorneys general control the means and fate of any settlement or judgement money — not lawyers for cities and counties.
AG Yost explained that the continuation of the settlement negotiations would effectively deprive 86 of Ohio’s 88 counties of having a voice in the proceedings, possibly preventing relief to some of the hardest-hit counties. 9/19/2019
We were sad to learn that former OMA board member Mary Anne Gale, 71, passed away at her home in Michigan late last month. Mary Anne had a remarkable 35-year career with The Procter & Gamble Company (P&G). Working her way through the ranks, she became the company’s first female plant manager. In 1994, she moved into a corporate role at P&G’s headquarters in Cincinnati — and in 1999 was named the first female vice president in P&G’s manufacturing organization. Read Mary Anne’s obituary. 9/16/2019
This week the Ohio Department of Education released the 2019 school report cards. You can search for your schools’ report cards here.
Schools are graded from A to F. More than half of each school’s overall grade depends on how students perform on state tests each spring. Six factors are nearly evenly weighted: achievement, progress, and “gap closing” on state tests, plus graduation rate, improvement in K-3 reading, and a “prepared for success” measurement based on high school accomplishments. 9/12/2019