Ohio Manufacturing Extension Partnership

The Ohio Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) is a regional effort coordinated by CIFT which combines resources from Ohio entities located at Northwest State Community College (Archbold) and Rhodes State College (Lima), who serve as partners in delivering valuable services to manufacturers within a 19 county territory.

The Ohio MEP offices serve as partners in delivering valuable services to manufacturers across Ohio. Plus, staff has resources available beyond northwest Ohio through other Ohio MEP partners.

A resource catalog is available to help strengthen the industry by providing potential partners for solutions that accelerate effective and powerful innovations, training, and resources that drives economic grow
th and creates jobs.  To obtain a copy, click here.

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Regional Partners




Northwest State Community College
22600 State Route 34
Archbold, Ohio 43502




Rhodes State College
4240 Campus Drive
Lima, Ohio 45804


Regional Affiliate

The nothwest region of the Ohio MEP is coordinated by CIFT

Ohio Manufacturing Extension Partnership
Ohio has a rich history of manufacturing that continues to flourish in today's global economy. From automotive to advanced materials – Ohio's manufacturing landscape is more diverse than ever before. The Ohio MEP supports this valuable industry by providing the products, services, and assistance that are dedicated to the productivity, growth, and global competitiveness of Ohio manufacturers.  Since 2004, the Ohio MEP program has been working with specialized nonprofits to provide low-cost business and technical assistance to small- and medium-sized manufacturers. The state investment is matched with federal MEP funds from the National Institute of Science and Technology (NIST), which is a part of the U.S. Department of Commerce.

In September 2012, the Industrial Technology and Enterprise Advisory Council (ITEAC), which is responsible for making programmatic and funding recommendations to the Ohio Development Services Agency on the MEP program, recommended expanding Ohio's reach in manufacturing. The expansion would move from a two organizations model (covering northern and southern Ohio) to a regional model, offering more assistance through five regional centers and seven partners, which work with manufacturers at any level.  By expanding the availability of manufacturing support, it is expected that Ohio will see a 10 percent increase in additional sales generated by MEP activities over 2011, and a 30 percent increase in the number of clients assisted.

Ohio Dream It.  Do it.
Ohio Dream It. Do It. is part of the Manufacturing Institute’s national network to close the skills gap in the advanced manufacturing sector.  American manufacturing is resurging.  There are over 14,500 manufacturing firms throughout Ohio, from Fortune 500 companies to small and mid-sized firms.  They account for more than $87 billion of output, significantly contributing to the state’s economy.   However, there are thousands of unfilled jobs in manufacturing now that threaten continued growth and prosperity.

Ohio Dream It. Do It. introduces the world of today’s advanced manufacturing and provides resources to engage manufacturers, educators, students, and parents.  The information is useful to inspiring and building a talent pipeline of young people who understand what manufacturing is and what education and skills are needed to prepare for a career in manufacturing.

Connect with your regional manufacturing partners to learn more.