It’s no surprise that U.S. manufacturing is all over the news—after decades of upward turns and downward spirals, new initiatives and a boom in business have been in place over the past few year, which helps sustain the industry. It’s typical for states to mirror the U.S. output, but in Ohio, specifically, we are seeing major positive changes and growth.

More than 12.3 perfect of Ohio’s workforce is in manufacturing, and the industry accounts for more than 16 percent of the total output in the state, according to a report from the National Association of Manufacturers. The report also reveals the top sectors in the state:

  • Fabricated metal product manufacturing
  • Chemical manufacturing
  • Food and beverage and tobacco product manufacturing
  • Motor vehicle, body, trailer, and parts manufacturing
  • Machinery manufacturing

The state is incredibly diverse (think about the days of Northeast Ohio’s boom in automotive manufacturing and Columbus’s industrial operations), and it’s becoming more so. With a varied makeup of the industry, it’s important to continue pushing for business and new developments—and we’re getting plenty of help to do so.

Recently, two new federally funded manufacturing research and development institutes were announced—one involving Ohio institutions and companies with factories in Dayton, according to the Dayton Daily News. One is launching as the American Lightweight Materials Manufacturing Innovation Institute and looks to create at least 10,000 jobs over the next few years.

In addition, the organization will partner with universities and companies across the Buckeye State—Connectronics has always supported universities and higher learning institutions, and we’re excited to see the partnerships expand to open up opportunity for future graduates and STEM employees.

It’s hoped that this institute will spur copycats and spur job creation and output for many other states across the U.S., which makes us very optimistic for the future of manufacturing. For more industry news and company updates, be sure to follow Connectronics on Twitter.