OMA Staff Tours Correctional Facility With Aim of Boosting Ohio’s Manufacturing Labor Pool

OMA staff and leaders from industry sector partnerships recently toured the manufacturing operations at Marion Correctional Institution — a minimum- and medium-security facility — to get a firsthand look at the training that occurs within Ohio’s corrections system to prepare individuals for success after incarceration.

The tour was part of the OMA’s Good Jobs Challenge grant activity, which seeks to address Ohio’s manufacturing workforce shortages by tapping traditionally overlooked populations.

Under an initiative of Ohio Penal Industries (OPI), incarcerated individuals have the ability to enter the Prison Industry Enhancement Certification Program, which equips them with industry-recognized credentials in areas such as machining, welding, and woodworking.

This map shows OPI’s statewide manufacturing footprint. If your business is interested in connecting with OPI regarding re-entry opportunities, email Ann King. 6/15/2023