Ohio’s Manufacturing Economy Continues to Improve and Innovate

Posted on February 16th, 2017
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We all remember 2009 and how across the United States in the most industrialized parts of our nation, we suffered heavy economic losses. Ohio was no exception with all the same characteristics of the recession in its local economies: big industry moving out of the cities, an ever-increasing skills gap in the workforce, and a large decline in manufacturing industry jobs. But in the last number of years, there have been signs of a recovery that can give us a breath of fresh air. There has been federal funding coming from the Obama administration that promotes 3-D manufacturing. In Youngstown, Ohio, millions of federal funding dollars combined with private investments created the National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute that promotes high-tech 3-D manufacturing product innovation and investigation. One thing is clear, Ohio is on the road back to recovery. The big…

Auto Parts Manufacturing Before Auto Assembly Manufacturing

Posted on February 9th, 2017
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In a recent conversation with the top automotive industrial giant’s of  the United States’ big manufacturing companies, the Trump Administration attempted to solve one of its’ top issues from election campaign platform, moving automotive jobs from Mexico back to the United States. The question that comes to mind, is should the auto-assembly industry be the primary focus? Parts manufacturing is one of the largest job markets within the automotive industry and many of those plants for auto-parts manufacturing are in Mexico.  While a recent study from MEMA (Motor and Equipment Manufacturing Association) shows that auto-parts jobs have risen since 2012, the goals set by the new administration must fall in line with the facts and provide strategies that maintain and promote this growth. For every one auto assembly job, there are seven auto-parts opportunities. This is a fact that would…