Technology and Productivity Advancing Manufacturing in Northeast Ohio
MAGNET’s survey results is a compilation of insights from over 500 manufacturing companies that responded to the third annual Ohio Manufacturing Survey. Highlights include:
- 69 percent of respondents said their company grew revenues in 2018, and 88 percent of respondents expect their revenues to grow in 2019.
- Cybersecurity continues to dominate as a “growing concern” for manufacturers, with 63 percent saying they are concerned and 2 percent reporting they have been attacked online.
- Attracting new skilled workers is the biggest challenge for Ohio manufacturers, with 60 percent saying their growth has been hampered by the lack of skilled workers.
- Automation is not replacing jobs, but rather increasing worker productivity, with 47 percent stating they are augmenting their current workforce with automation, and just 5 percent of respondents reporting they use automation to replace current workers.
Report findings from Team NEO’s Cleveland Plus Economic Review include:
- Manufacturing is spread over a variety of subsectors with fabricated metal product producers, machinery, and transportation and equipment topping the list.
- Growth areas in diversifying subsectors include food manufacturing and computer & electronic product
- Projections of 21,000 annual openings through 2023 across a wide range of positions due to retirements and other replacement opportunities
- Productivity strongest among oil and gas workers due to continued strong advances in midstream and downstream activities
- There was more than $87 billion in exports in 2017, bringing new dollars back into the region’s economy
Forces with the strongest potential to push manufacturing forward are the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) and additive manufacturing. As reported in the Smart Manufacturing IIoT Roadmap, released in late 2018 by a coalition led by Team NEO and in partnership with MAGNET, IIoT could have an incremental economic impact on GRP of $4 billion to $13 billion annually by 2025. Economic Development Practitioners are encouraged to educate manufacturers in their area about the opportunity and make them aware of the IIoT Readiness Assessment that will help them evaluate its digital maturity and readiness for IIoT implementation.
ROSEVILLE – Nearly a decade of grant-funded projects are transforming the village of Roseville.
Few will have the impact of a the new supermarket building. “It will be the centerpiece of a new downtown,” said Heidi Milner, the village’s fiscal officer.
It is nearing completion on part of the former Ungemach Pottery site on Potters Lane. Construction was funded by $750,000 in grants, the bulk of which was a USDA Rural Development Grant, and local investment. The new building features a grocery store, restaurant space and a walk-up window that could be used for ice cream orders. Garage doors on each side of the dining area will give it a pleasant summer atmosphere, as will a patio behind the building that opens facing the levy.read more
Midway Market in Ostrander is set to double its size and add much-needed services, thanks in part to a loan facilitated by Consolidated Cooperative.
Ostrander’s only convenience store and gas station, Midway Market will double the square footage of the convenience and grocery store and add a car and pet wash.read more
WILMINGTON, OH — The Clinton County Port Authority (CCPA) recently launched a new website, created by Golden Shovel Agency, to further strengthen its online presence and the economic growth of the community. The new site includes county-wide data, information specifically collected for site selectors, and local business resources to serve as a one-stop-shop for companies considering new investment or expansion in Clinton County.read more