Senator Gayle Manning (R–North Ridgeville) today announced the approval of $297,056 in funds to the Ohio Fuel Cell Coalition (OFCC) in Elyria to support its Ohio Technical Exchange Center project.
“Northeast Ohio’s established manufacturing infrastructure and skilled workforce creates a unique atmosphere for developing advanced manufacturing technologies such as fuel cell technology,” said Manning.  “This grant will support the Ohio Fuel Cell Coalition as it works to further develop these technologies and the regional supply chain.”
The Ohio Controlling Board approved the funds today through the Thomas Edison Program’s Advanced Manufacturing Program (AMP), administered by the state’s Development Services Agency.  The competitive grant program awards funds to projects working to develop advanced manufacturing technologies for Ohio manufacturers, particularly small and medium-sized firms.
The OFCC, headquartered on the Lorain County Community College campus, is a group of industry, academic, and government leaders who work to strengthen Ohio’s fuel cell industry and to accelerate the region’s transformation as a global leader in fuel cell technology.  
“Lorain County Community College has demonstrated strengths in research and development,” Manning added.  “I am thrilled that the Ohio Technical Exchange Center will continue to build upon the robust presence of innovation right here in our community.”

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