Ohio looks to boost local manufacturing activity

Ohio's leaders are teaming up to determine how the state can boost manufacturing activity. Gov. John Kasich recently joined U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan at a forum in Norwood, Ohio, to discuss the future of the industry and technological advances impacting the sector, The Associated Press reported. Workforce training was another topic discussed. 

Other officials that joined the forum included Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley and O'dell Owens, president of Cincinnati Technical and Community College, the source said. 

Cranley is also working with Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley to try to gain federal funding to support local manufacturing activity, the Dayton Business Journal reported. Dayton is planning to submit an application for the federal Investing in Manufacturing Communities Partnership program that will award funds to 12 communities in the U.S. 

Locally, the federal dollars would be used to support manufacturing workforce training, infrastructure and site development, supply chain development and export promotion, among other things, the Business Journal reported. 

"We are one uber-region so our development opportunities play off of one another," Whaley told the source. "With both cities, the application will have a lot more attention paid to it, and it helps the whole region."

Ohio companies looking to expand operations can use manufacturing recruiters to increase their workforce.