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Election Resources for Ohio Manufacturers

March 8, 2024

With Ohio’s primary election approaching, The Ohio Manufacturers’ Association has produced an Ohio-specific voter resource: The OMA Voter Toolkit.

This is where you can find the tools you need to vote – from key dates to finding your local polling location. Make your voice heard! 3/5/2024

Governor DeWine, Lt. Governor Husted Announce New Schaeffler EV Manufacturing Facility in Tuscarawas County

March 8, 2024

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine and Lt. Governor Jon Husted announced this week that Schaeffler, a pioneering force in the field of motion technology, will build a new manufacturing facility in Dover, bringing 650 jobs and $54 million in associated payroll to Wayne and Tuscarawas counties.

Schaeffler Group USA provides components for drivetrains in automotive, aerospace, and industrial applications. The Wooster location is home to R&D and manufacturing for Schaeffler’s automotive operations. Key customers include Ford, General Motors, and Stellantis.3/7/2024

The Rundown: Smart Factory Adoption is Slow, Deflation in China, and Recent Tariffs Shake Up Business Strategies

March 8, 2024
  • Manufacturers are moving ahead with creating smarter factories as they grapple with cultural resistance and integrating new technologies.
  • China’s deflation is causing pricing to wane, meaning those with exposure in the East to focus on efficiency.
  • Video Series: How tariffs on imports like steel are shaking up business strategies from OMA Connections Partner CliftonLarsonAllen.

Amgen Cuts Ribbon on Central Ohio Manufacturing Facility

March 1, 2024

This week, Amgen held the grand opening of a new cutting-edge facility in Central Ohio. The OMA was pleased to take part in celebrating another landmark in Ohio manufacturing.

The 300,000 sq ft facility will bring 400 well-paying, full-time local jobs, and $40 million in annual payroll, to the surrounding community, including roles for technicians and engineers. 2/25/2024

OMA Government Affairs Committee to Meet Next Week

March 1, 2024

On Tuesday, Mar. 5, the OMA’s Government Affairs Committee will meet for the first time this year.

Headlining the committee will be future Senate President, Senator Rob McColley, who will provide an update on the Mar. 19 primary election.


OMA Manufacturing Technology Grant Program Introduced in the House

March 1, 2024

This week, Representatives Nick Santucci (R -Sylvania) and Steve Demetriou (R – Bainbridge Township) introduced OMA’s Manufacturing Technology Assistance Program (MTAP) benefiting small to mid-sized manufacturers.

The grant initiative aims to help small to mid-sized manufacturers in Ohio modernize and innovate their production processes. Manufacturers with fewer than five hundred employees can receive up to $150,000 to invest in smart technologies, including machinery, equipment, and training, to enhance their productivity, efficiency, and competitiveness. The OMA is thankful to the representatives for their leadership. 2/27/2024

DeWine Husted Administration Moves to Streamline Ohio’s Building Code

March 1, 2024

Governor DeWine and Lt. Governor Husted have announced that Ohio’s updated 2024 Building, Mechanical, and Plumbing Codes will go into effect on March 1, 2024.

With a substantial reduction of over 610,000 words and regulatory restrictions, this initiative streamlines processes and facilitates compliance for Ohio businesses. This new development will provide manufacturers with simplified building codes that will benefit the industry by enhancing state efficiency and reducing regulatory hurdles. 2/27/2024

OMA Testifies in Support of Bill Lowering Barriers to Employment

March 1, 2024

Earlier this week, the OMA provided testimony in support of Senate Bill 198 to the Senate Small Business and Economic Opportunity Committee. SB 198 would provide returning citizens with state ID cards and a copy of vocational training records and/or work records.

As manufacturers continue to cite talent availability as one of their most significant workforce challenges, this bill would help returning citizens in their pursuit of employment opportunities. 2/29/2024

Alabama Embryo Ruling Significantly Expands Lawsuit Exposure

March 1, 2024

The recent Alabama high court ruling that a destroyed embryo can be considered a deceased child could significantly expand the wrongful death statute.

A closer review of its impact by counsel finds that the ruling opens the door to plaintiffs’ actions against healthcare companies, potentially driving more civil litigation and corresponding liability insurance premiums. 2/29/2024

The Rundown: Steel Demand Slides, Ohio Thrives

March 1, 2024

Man of Steel? Move over for the State of Steel, which Ohio is preparing to become. Featured in this week’s Rundown: