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Illuminate USA Begins Production of Solar Panels in Pataskala

February 23, 2024

This week, Illuminate USA began production on state-of-the-art solar panels at their facility in Pataskala, Ohio, making them one of the national leaders in solar panel manufacturing.

By the fall, Illuminate expects to have eight assembly lines running with the capacity to build 9.2 million solar panels annually. 2/19/2024

Slots Still Available for OMA’s Untapped Talent Training Series

February 23, 2024

Only three spots remain for manufacturers to join the Untapped Talent Training Series focused on Justice-Impacted Individuals. This training series will teach participants best practices in hiring and retaining justice-impacted individuals as an under-represented group in manufacturing. Sponsored by Ohio’s Good Jobs Challenge, the series is available at no cost to manufacturers.

To participate virtually, click here and complete the interest form. Sessions begin in March. 2/22/2024

BGSU Smart Technology Manufacturing Program Highlighted

February 16, 2024

The Toledo Blade recently highlighted the Advancing Regional Talent in Smart Technology Enabled Manufacturing program by OMA Connections Partner Bowling Green State University.

The program works to build a pipeline of high school and community college students interested in pursuing careers in science, technology, engineering, and math. 2/13/2024

Ohio Educational Technical Content Standards Being Updated for Manufacturing

February 16, 2024

The Ohio Department of Education and Workforce (ODEW) is updating the Technical Content Standards for Engineering, Science Technologies, and Manufacturing. Insight from Ohio manufacturers is crucial in shaping these standards to ensure they align with real-world competencies and current industry needs.

Ohio manufacturers can directly contribute by completing the Engineering and Science Technologies and Manufacturing Career Fields’ Public Comment Survey by March 16, 2024.

For questions or to join the advisory committee, contact the Ohio Department of Education and Workforce. 2/14/2024

New CHIPS Funding Announced

February 16, 2024

Last week, the Biden administration announced $5 billion in new investments to expand semiconductor manufacturing and research, including funds to support workforce development and training opportunities. 2/12/2024

U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown Hosts Third Summer Manufacturing Camp Summit

February 9, 2024

Manufacturers, educators, economic development officials, and community leaders convened as U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown’s office hosted its third Summer Manufacturing Camp Summit on Feb. 2 at Ohio University’s campus in Dublin. The OMA has been a partner in this effort to showcase manufacturing careers to young Ohioans.

Over the last eleven years, Brown’s office has launched 35 summer manufacturing camps for students in grades 4-8 across 22 Ohio counties. For information on hosting a manufacturing camp in your community this summer, visit Sen. Brown’s summer manufacturing website or connect with your regional industry sector partnership. 2/6/2024

Eight Higher Education Institutions Approved for Ohio Teacher Bootcamp Program

February 9, 2024

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine and Lt. Governor Jon Husted announced on Feb. 1 that eight institutions of higher education received approval offer for Ohio’s Teach Bootcamp Program. Between the eight institutions, the program will bring up to Ohio 655 K-12 teachers into local workplaces to learn about local employers’ talent and skills needs firsthand – and transfer these lessons to their classrooms.

Approved Institutions of Higher Education:

  • Ashland University
  • Lake Erie College
  • Malone University
  • Miami University
  • Sinclair Community College
  • University of Cincinnati
  • University of Findlay
  • Youngstown State University.


Heroes MAKE Webinar, February 5

February 2, 2024

On Monday, Feb. 5, from noon to 12:30 p.m., the Manufacturing Institute will host a no-cost webinar to provide an overview of the Heroes MAKE America initiative, which aims to inform veterans, active military members, and spouses about manufacturing careers. Email the Institute with questions. 1/31/2024

BGSU Offers Smart Manufacturing Training

February 2, 2024

OMA Connections Partner Bowling Green State University is developing a micro-credential training program to help regional manufacturers advance their smart manufacturing operations. According to reports, the program aims to upskill the workforce and help build a pipeline of high school and community college students.

The new program complements BGSU’s mechanical and manufacturing engineering program, which ensures students are grounded in core principles that support Ohio’s No. 1 industry. 1/31/2024

OMA’s Untapped Talent Series

February 2, 2024

The OMA invites all Ohio manufacturers to participate in the 2024 Untapped Talent Training Series.

This series spotlights best practices in hiring and retaining those who are part of under-represented groups in manufacturing — including women, people of color, veterans, and justice-impacted individuals.

Sponsored by Ohio’s Good Jobs Challenge, the series is available at no cost to manufacturers. To participate virtually, select the training series (in the linked groups above) that best fits your company’s needs and complete the interest form. Sessions begin in March. 1/31/2024