Changing The Face Of Manufacturing In Ohio
A Guest Column by State Senator Bill Beagle
September 30, 2014
 
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If someone asked you to name a career that was innovative and challenging, in a precise and highly advanced field, what industry comes to mind?

If you answered manufacturing, you’d be right.
 
October is the third annual “Ohio Manufacturing Month” and October 3 is “National Manufacturing Day,” and here in the Miami Valley we take this opportunity to celebrate those working in this growing industry.
 
The days of dark and dirty manufacturing jobs are a thing of the past. In fact, many manufacturing jobs offer exciting career paths in the fast growing STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) fields. Today’s manufacturing industry provides real career opportunities for young Ohioans as well as those seeking a new career. Although jobs in these fields may require additional education and training beyond a high school diploma, they may not necessarily need a four-year degree.
 
These jobs are high-paying, highly skilled jobs that encourage a strong tradition of hard work and pride in Ohio, especially right here in the Miami Valley.

Since the beginning of this year, over 2,600 new jobs have been created in our community, many of them in manufacturing. While we continue to see more jobs created in Ohio, manufacturers are struggling to find qualified applicants to fill these positions. Many people often turn away from these jobs due to a negative perception of the manufacturing industry, and that’s why bringing awareness to this growing industry and the opportunities it presents is more important than ever.

Our state must have a qualified workforce to continue on the path to economic recovery, and we are looking to Ohio’s youth and young adults to take an active role in our recovery by pursuing manufacturing as a career. One great way to do this is by taking a firsthand look inside these companies.
 
This Friday, October 3, many of our local manufacturing companies are opening their doors to students and their families to take a tour and learn more about careers in this exciting industry. I encourage everyone to join as I visit some of these companies and learn more about this critically important sector of Ohio’s economy.

To learn more about Ohio Manufacturing Month, visit OhioManufacturingMonth.com, and for more information about all the tours and open houses taking place locally, visit MfgDay.com. I hope to see you there.

 
 
 
  
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