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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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Success Stories

AS9100 and ISO9001 Certifications

Report Year
Aerospace is a large portion of Gem City Metal Technologies’ business. In order to continue to compete in their market, they needed to become AS9100 certified. Without the required certification, they faced losing a significant amount of business.

Douglas Industries, LLC Receives Local Economic Development Grant.

Report Year
The company had experienced significant growth through their innovative and cost-effective services which allowed them to capitalize on some very large regional manufacturer contracts. With this increase in workload, Douglas Industries, LLC needed to purchase new equipment and hire additional employees to keep up with the demand of their services

FASTLANE ETO Mixer Aftermarket - Lead Time Reduction

Report Year
NOV Dayton’s lead time and on-time delivery performance had drastically dropped after the implementation of the new ERP and engineering data management system in April 2016 resulting in missed shipments and dissatisfied customers. Chemineer needed to improve its on-time delivery to align with industry standards and customer expectations, or risk

"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 June 2, 2020