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As Coronavirus Spreads, so Does Risk to Supply Chains

February 14, 2020

The coronavirus is starting to affect the supply chains of critical industries across the globe. OMA Connections Partner RSM notes that roughly 30% of all imported manufacturing inputs in the U.S. came from China in 2015, so “the potential for a ripple effect across the world and to the middle market is enormous.” See RSM’s analysis. 2/13/2020

Worldwide Manufacturing Activity Expanded in January

February 14, 2020

The J.P. Morgan Global Manufacturing PMI expanded for the third straight month, rising to a nine-month high by increasing from 50.1 in December to 50.4 in January. This suggests the manufacturing sector last month was experiencing slight expansionary growth worldwide. However, the bulk of the sentiment surveys and economic data used by the study predated recent worries about the coronavirus and related production disruptions. 2/13/2020

Hearings Continue on Bill to Reduce Statute of Limitations for Contracts

February 14, 2020

This week, the Ohio Senate continued to hear testimony on House Bill 251. Supported by the OMA, the bill would reduce the statute of limitations for oral and written contracts.

Under HB 251, the statute of limitations for written contracts would be reduced from the current eight years to six; for oral contracts, it would be reduced from six years to four. The OMA testified in support with the Ohio Alliance for Civil Justice. 2/13/2020

Preparing Your Employees for the 2020 Election

February 7, 2020

Ohio’s primary election is less than six weeks away — and there’s much at stake this election year. Studies show that employees trust information from their employers on voting and elections. You can provide non-partisan resources to your employees for the purposes of registering to vote or understanding the elections overall. However, all communications should remain unbiased.

Take a moment to remind employees that the deadline to register to vote in Ohio’s March 17 primary election is Tuesday, Feb. 18. Ohioans can register online, or obtain a form to update their home address. Those who are unsure if they’re already registered can check their voter registration online.

There’s a lot of other useful voter information at the Secretary of State’s website — including how to request absentee ballots, as well as finding your polling place. 2/3/2020

MAGNET Showcases New Manufacturing Technology

January 31, 2020

This week, OMA staff participated in a ribbon cutting at the headquarters of Cleveland-based MAGNET, which is part of the Ohio Manufacturing Extension Partnership (Ohio MEP). The event marked the official opening of MAGNET’s “Manufacturing Technology Experience.”

Lt. Gov. Jon Husted, who oversees the Governor’s Office of Workforce Transformation, led the ceremony to showcase new “Industry 4.0” technologies — including collaborative robots, AI, AR/VR, machine vision, 3-D printing devices, and more.

Acquired with the help of state and federal funds, these advanced technologies will enhance MAGNET’s consulting and engineering work with Northeast Ohio’s small and mid-sized manufacturers. The new technology will also offer manufacturing executives a hands-on showroom to evaluate these technologies. View pictures of this week’s event, or email MAGNET to schedule your personal tour of the facility. 1/28/2020

Leading this week’s ribbon cutting ceremony at MAGNET were (from left) Ethan Karp, president and CEO of MAGNET; Felix Brueck, MAGNET board chairman; Lt. Gov. Jon Husted; Robert “Bob” Smith, JobsOhio board chairman; and Eric Burkland, OMA president.

Senate Begins Hearings on Bill to Reduce Statute of Limitations on Contracts

January 31, 2020

The Ohio Senate this week heard sponsor testimony on House Bill 251. The bill, which is supported by the OMA and the business community, would reduce the statute of limitations for oral contracts from six years to four years — and for written contracts from eight years to six years.

As introduced, HB 251 would have reduced the statute of limitations for both types of contracts to three years. However, the House amended the bill after much discussion with the interested parties. The bill is expected to have several more hearings in the near term. 1/30/2010

A Look at Global Manufacturing Conditions

January 31, 2020

In its latest issue of The Real Economy, OMA Connections Partner RSM provides a snapshot of manufacturing conditions across the globe. The issue also examines the “equipment-as-a-service” concept in manufacturing, as well as consumer outlook for 2020. 1/28/2020

At a Glance: Economic Conditions in Ohio, Surrounding States

January 31, 2020

The Huntington National Bank, an OMA Connections Partner, has published its most recent state economics report — an overview of economic conditions in Ohio and neighboring states. As of December 2018, Ohio’s real GDP for all industries was $2.42 trillion — seventh highest in the U.S. — while median household income was $61,633. The state’s home price appreciation was above the national average as of September 2019, “reflecting strong housing markets overall.” 1/28/2020

Keeping an Eye on Iowa and its 2020 Election Decision

January 31, 2020

On Monday, Feb. 3, the 2020 Iowa Democratic caucuses will take place, kicking off the nominating process in the Democratic Party presidential primaries. Interestingly, personal finance website WalletHub.com looked at 31 key measures — including sociodemographic, economic, educational and religious metrics — and found that Iowa is an 89% match with U.S. demographics. The Hawkeye State predicts 70% of Democratic nominees, the study shows. 1/30/2020

Ohio Sees Job Growth in Biopharmaceuticals

January 31, 2020

Ohio is recognized as a key manufacturing state for everything from transportation equipment, metal products, machinery, food products, plastics, rubber, mineral products, appliances and much more. Now, according to a report by Area Development magazine, Ohio is an emerging leader in biopharmaceutical manufacturing, too.

Last year, the Buckeye State was home to more than 5,500 biopharm jobs — good for 15th nationally. From 2015 through 2019, Ohio experienced the country’s fourth-largest job growth rate (15%) in this sector. 1/29/2020