Ohio Holds the Keys to Manufacturing Success
Skilled talent and continuous innovation drive next-generation manufacturing in Ohio
Ingenuity and innovation have always been the backbone of Ohio’s manufacturing industry, and it’s no different now. Ohio’s role as a leader in advanced manufacturing is more vital than ever as companies embrace new ways of making things with additive manufacturing, automation, advanced materials and other new technologies. Manufacturers continue to streamline processes by leveraging the industrial internet of things (IIoT) for smart manufacturing.
With Ohio’s well-earned reputation as a manufacturing powerhouse, it's not surprising that manufacturing innovation is happening here. For starters, the state’s manufacturing sector is one of the largest in the U.S., generating output of $104.6 billion. With nearly 700,000 workers, the state’s manufacturing workforce, known for its industriousness and ingenuity, is the third-largest in the country. Ohio also has the resources and collaborative environment companies need to revolutionize the industry – more than $12 billion is invested annually in R&D statewide.
Thousands of manufacturing companies call Ohio home. They know that in Ohio, you can:
- Access suppliers and customers easily, quickly and cost-effectively. Ohio’s integrated transportation infrastructure includes four dedicated air cargo terminals, the second highest number of intermodal terminals in the U.S. alongside the fourth largest interstate system, and ports on Lake Erie and the Ohio River that provide water access to destinations nationally and globally. This infrastructure, together with Ohio’s accessibility, reduce transportation costs, time and speed to market for manufacturing companies.
- Find well-trained and dedicated workers who are equipped with the skills needed for today’s technologically advanced manufacturing positions. Dozens of trade schools, technical centers, apprentice programs, co-ops and certification courses produce thousands of qualified individuals each year, including 11,700 engineers and engineer techs, who are ready to fill manufacturing positions at all levels. Companies can partner with colleges and training programs to find employees or shape their own education and training initiatives.
- Partner with academic institutions, industry-leading peers and manufacturing support organizations, from concept to commercialization. Ohio supports four National Networks for Manufacturing Innovation (NNMI) institutes providing leadership on emerging technologies, including carbon fiber (IACMI), 3D-printing (America Makes), lightweight materials (LIFT) and flexible electronics (NextFlex). With opportunities for collaboration on R&D, product development and other activities, manufacturing companies can develop and benefit from new innovations faster and easier.
- Benefit from the state’s plentiful and affordable natural gas, low-cost energy and deregulated power market, and pro-manufacturing tax structure and regulatory framework. Ohio has the lowest average tax rate for new, capital-intensive manufacturing facilities in the Midwest, saving manufacturing companies from additional costs that affect the bottom line.
The manufacturing sector is rapidly evolving. In Ohio, it’s easy to stay ahead of the curve. Make your future here.