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Ohio Manufacturing Extension Partnership (Ohio MEP)

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Ohio MEP supports Ohio’s small and medium-sized manufacturers by providing products, services and assistance to help drive their productivity, growth, innovation and global competitiveness. Small and medium-sized manufacturing companies are critical to Ohio, representing 90% of job growth for high-paying jobs. For every new manufacturing job that is created or retained, three to five supporting jobs are also created. Managed by the Ohio Development Services Agency’s Office of Small Business and Entrepreneurship, Ohio MEP is a State and Federal initiative sponsored by the U.S. Department of Commerce, National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). To serve the diversity of Ohio’s industrial base, Ohio MEP manages a network of regional partner organizations that are competitively selected and coordinated to serve as a statewide resource to meet the needs of key industry sectors and small manufacturers. Those manufacturers have access to a broad base of services, including training, coaching and implementation of operation improvement, Lean and Six Sigma, automation, engineering, process and planning for bottom line enhancements. Ohio MEP client-based activities support job creation, increased sales, cost savings, and new business investment. Ohio MEP has 6 regional partners to support statewide assistance. 1. Center for Innovative Food Technology (CIFT, Toledo), 2. Manufacturing Advocacy and Growth Network (MAGNET, Cleveland), 3. Ohio State University-South Centers, 4. PolymerOhio (Westerville), 5. TechSolve (Cincinnati), 6. FASTLANE at the University of Dayton Research Institute (FASTLANE, Dayton)

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"Without FASTLANE I wouldn’t have access to the resources and solutions I need to be competitive as a small manufacturer in a global market. FASTLANE’s Manufacturing Growth Specialists understand what it’s like to be in my shoes. They have been there, done that—multiple times—and bring this experience to the table. The best part is they can truly be unbiased advisers because they are measured by our growth."

—Beth Graves, President

Created March 18, 2019, Updated January 24, 2020