Investing In The Manufacturing Industry Of Tomorrow
By State Senator Gayle Manning
November 05, 2013
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In October, the state recognized the second annual Manufacturing Month in Ohio.

A central component to Ohio’s economy for generations, the manufacturing industry has played a significant role in the economic recovery that we have been experiencing over the past two years.  Statewide, approximately 115,500 people are employed in the manufacturing industry, earning an average wage of $67,000.             

The manufacturing industry holds a particularly important role in Northeastern Ohio.   In fact, there were 422 total manufacturing companies in Lorain County in 2011, employing over 16,000 total people.  In the same year in Huron County, the 94 manufacturing establishments employed an average 5,736 employees.  Manufacturing has proven itself as an integral part of our community’s economy, and more importantly, a way of life for our region.

That is why it is critical that the state invest in the hard-working employees advancing the manufacturing industry of tomorrow.  Recognizing this, I included a provision in our most recent state budget that will invest $1 million in the state’s Manufacturing Workforce Development Initiative for a demonstration project at Lorain County Community College (LCCC).  With the passage of this legislation, the state will be able to purchase portable welding stations made from large shipping containers and high level advanced training equipment for LCCC students to develop the skills necessary for a career in welding, which is a skill in high demand today.

Education and training are vital components of quality-job creation in Northeastern Ohio. I am proud to serve as the state senator representing one of the best programs in the nation for its implementation of national skills standards in its curriculum.

With the manufacturing industry continuing to bolster our economy, I am thrilled to help the state make investments to match employers with skilled workers.  Moreover, through investments such as this, I believe we can match Ohioans with sustainable jobs in which they can make a tangible difference.

As always, I value your input very much. If you ever have thoughts, concerns, or ideas as to how we can improve Ohio, please contact me. You can reach my office by phone at (614)644-7613 or by email at You can also write me at State Senator Gayle Manning, Ohio Statehouse, 1 Capitol Square, Columbus, Ohio 43215. 

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