Articles by: Elizabeth Murawski
Manufacturing Month has “formally” ended, but the conclusion of the month does not mean the fun ends! Ohio is a historically Midwestern, manufacturing state producing $122.2 billion worth of goods, ranking it third in the nation after California and Texas! The future of economic development and growth for the State is built around attracting and retaining companies (employers!) who will make and build amazing things.
Ohio is one of the nation’s leading sources for primary and fabricated metal products, plastic, rubber and non-metallic mineral products, electrical equipment and appliances, and motor vehicles and associated parts, trailers, bodies and accessories. What can’t Ohioans produce?
Ohio made 4.8 percent of the total US’s manufacturing output in 2018. Because manufacturing represents nearly one-fifth of the Buckeye state’s GDP – contributing more than $112 billion a year, more than any other sector.
Northwest Ohio has been working to develop and manage their workforce through initiatives in automation, LEAN education, training and future workforce initiatives. Having served the food, agriculture and industrial manufacturing and processing industries for over 25 years, CIFT recognized the need for a strong focus on the future careers in industry and working with the tools and technology to help develop prospective and future workforce.
While we are celebrating all that manufacturing brings to Ohio and Northwest Ohio, specifically in October for Manufacturing Month, the opportunities to bring manufacturing alive anytime are still available. There are several websites educators, parents and those interested can pull from – the audience really being students and teachers in 6-12th grade to connect them to careers in manufacturing:
- Ohio’s State Page on Creators Wanted: https://creatorswanted.org/ohio/
- See what manufacturers locally and from around the state design and produce – https://makingohio.com/careers/virtual-tours/
- Ed Heads’ games for Manufacturing in Ohio: Manufacturing Technician Game – https://edheads.org/page/manufacturing1
- Ed Heads’ Manufacturing Quiz – https://edheads.org/page/manufacturingquiz
How important is manufacturing in Ohio?
COVID-19 proved to all of us the importance of our manufacturing capabilities. It is a great honor and challenge inspiring the next generation of the workforce to gain the skills and knowledge to work in manufacturing. If you are a school district looking for a food or general manufacturing perspective for your career tech advisory council, we would love to assist. If you are a manufacturer looking to implement LEAN or automation initiatives to improve workflow and careers for your operation and staff, we look forward to assisting there as well.