Manufacturing: Driving Ohio's Economy Forward
A Guest Column by State Senator Frank Hoagland
October 3, 2018
The manufacturing industry is one of the most important drivers of economic growth in Ohio. Advancements seem to be occurring at the speed of light and we must do all that we can to help our local manufacturers adapt and compete in the global economy.
According to the Ohio Manufacturers Association, manufacturing is responsible for 17% – $106 billion – of Ohio’s Gross Domestic Product, making it one of the largest industries in Ohio.
Just recently, JSW Steel USA announced at $500 million investment to revitalize Acero Junction, a steel mill in Mingo Junction, Ohio, which is expected to create 300 new permanent jobs. We are seeing first-hand the impact the Trump administration, combined with the Ohio Senate’s policies to reduce regulatory red tape, is having on our state's manufacturing jobs.
It is not only about job creating jobs but also providing pathways to careers through state-of-the-art job training opportunities that ensures our workforce is equipped to fill and thrive in industries like manufacturing.
The first Friday in October is Manufacturing Day, when we join the nation to celebrate modern manufacturing meant to inspire the next generation of manufacturers. It is a great opportunity to highlight how Ohio continues to partner with manufacturers to address skilled labor shortages, connect with future generations, and collaborate on the most cutting-edge technology.
Earlier this year, I joined my colleagues in passing Senate Bill 3, part of an ongoing effort by state leaders to create a strategy aimed at preparing the next generation of workers to take on careers in some of Ohio's most in-demand professions—many of which are in the field of manufacturing.
In collaboration with the Ohio Department of Education and Department of Higher Education, Ohio's major industries will help to create a statewide strategic workforce plan for enhancing project-based learning and develop professional development programs that address how to build authentic, real-world, project-based learning into the curriculum.
As your State Senator, I am committed to creating public policies that attract business investments, spur job growth and prepare skilled workers to fill the in-demand jobs throughout Ohio. In doing so, we will continue to protect our state’s manufacturing legacy and advantage.
As always, I welcome your thoughts and ideas concerning this matter and others we discuss at the Statehouse. You can reach my office by phone at (614) 466-6508 or by e-mail at Hoagland@OhioSenate.gov. I look forward to hearing from you.