COLUMBUS– State Senator Peggy Lehner (R-Kettering) today announced $500,000 in state funding to support FastLane, a University of Dayton affiliate that helps small and medium-sized manufacturers become more innovative and profitable.

FastLane operates in West/Central Ohio under the umbrella of the Ohio Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP). Since 2004, the Ohio MEP has supported Ohio's manufacturing industry by providing services, products and technical assistance through six regional centers, including FastLane.

"The University of Dayton and its affiliates are at the center of the effort to drive innovation and growth in Ohio's manufacturing industry," said Lehner. "This funding will further equip FastLane to provide the services Ohio manufacturers need to create jobs and grow our local economy." 

The funding for FastLane will be used to expand services that support local manufacturing companies with product development, exports and other activities that improve competitive advantage. 

The University of Dayton, which focuses on technological research and workforce development through the renowned University of Dayton Research Institute (UDRI), will provide $650,000 to match state funds. 

For more information on FastLane and the Ohio MEP, visit

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