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As Northwest Ohio’s MEP,
our mission of helping manufacturing is critical to the success of Ohio.


Create a unique plan to eliminate waste in your production. Start with a complimentary assessment from our team.

Quality Systems/Safety

The correct certification enables you to attract new customers and maintain profitability and competitiveness. We can help you identify and achieve the correct one.

Industry 4.0 Technology

Embracing the growing trend towards automation and data exchange in manufacturing is critical to stay competitive. Our team has the expertise to help you navigate doing so.

Workforce Solutions

We partner with Tooling U-SME to offer new ways for advancing your workforce through online training. We also offer DiSC assessments and Virtual Reality (VR) training solutions.

Other Resources.

Our team can help guide you to the correct type of service, as well as help you manage a project from start to finish. Save your time and energy by trusting our experts and network.



Often misunderstood as a reduction in workforce, lean manufacturing, lean production, lean office is actually a system of techniques and activities for running a manufacturing or service operation. The techniques will be applied differently depending on each company’s unique needs, But the underlying goal is the same – the elimination of all non-value-adding activities and waste from the business.

You can get started with a complimentary and comprehensive assessment to give you the information and options you need to get started on becoming lean.


Quality Systems / Safety

Our team can help provide you with a basic framework to ensure that your systems comply with standards or technical specifications. These standards can be driven by customers, your particular industry, or regulatory requirements.

We can help with a wide variety of standards, from ISO, other quality systems and customizable solutions, providing your team with all the necessary training and resources. We offer interactive complimentary on-site assessments and a multitude of implementation services.

Whether you want to implement a new system or optimize a current one, we have the resources to get you started.


Industry 4.0 Technology

Manufacturers and supply chains are becoming more and more interconnected through advanced networking and computing technologies This connectivity is often referred to as Industry 4.0.

By implementing Industry 4.0 technologies, you can achieve better product quality and innovation, improve manufacturing process efficiency and productivity, and increase supply chain connectivity.

It can be a challenge to identify priorities when implementing these technologies. Our team has the expertise to help you identify and plan your next steps.


Workforce Solutions

We have partnered with Tooling U-SME to offer new ways for upskilling your employees. Training not only yields continuous improvement benefits, it also helps retain skilled workers — a critical strategy for countering the manufacturing workforce crisis. These are online trainings that can be flexible and taken around your workers’ schedules.

We also offer DiSC assessments to help you build and maintain highly productive teams. We also offer a wide range of other training types.

Our Resources

We have spent over 25 years helping manufacturers and building a network of service providers to address every level of production. This network has a proven track record of delivering the solutions to help manufacturing grow across our region.

Our team can help guide you to the correct type of service as well as help you manage the project from start to finish. We can help save you the time and resources it takes to get those difficult projects started and implemented.

From issues of sustainability and supply chain development to energy use optimization, we can find and manage the tools and services you need.

Check Out Our Latest Blogs in Manufacturing.

02 Sep: State-of-the-Art Product Development Partnering

Alloway’s research found there were no companies in the state of Ohio that offered respirometry testing services. They contacted CIFT, who connected them with The Ohio Energy & Advanced Manufacturing Center (OEAMC). OEAMC worked with Alloway to custom design and engineer a Mobile Respirometer System specifically for Alloway’s needs. Alloway saved over $100,000 with an increased investment of over $145,000 and avoided over $100,000 of unnecessary investments.

01 Sep: Finding Success Through Implementing Lean Manufacturing

To help Verhoff Machining & Welding, Inc. with their key areas of improvement, CIFT provided the “on-site” process education and “hands-on” shop floor experience and implementation of lean principles and techniques. The program’s implementation of lean manufacturing is projected to result in 165 jobs retained or created, and a potential revenue of more than $13,000,000 on an annual basis.

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