Manufacturing Report Card Gives Ohio a ‘B’


Ohio’s manufacturing industry has earned a solid overall grade of “B” in Ball State University’s annual report card that critiques each state’s manufacturing sector. The study considered several factors across eight broad categories, including taxes, human capital, and global reach. Ohio’s top grade came in logistics (“A”), while its lowest grade was for worker benefit costs (“C-“). The only category in which Ohio declined from 2018 was sector diversification, dropping to a “B-” from a “B.” Only five states were given a grade of “A,” but four of them are in the Midwest or are neighboring states: Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, and Michigan. 8/7/2019