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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 Department of Development, Office of Technology Investments, 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

Automation in Plant Increases Employee Morale and Output

Reported Year
Vanamatic leadership wanted to increase the output at their Delphos facility, thereby improving the employee work environment from a labor-intensive environment to a more automated one. Their current process was manual and labor-intensive. This enhancement would directly affect both output and employee morale.

Workforce Training has Impact on Safety, Productivity and Culture

Reported Year
Voyant Beauty has leveraged a strong connection with non-native English speaking populations to fill its positions. A challenge for Voyant was a communication gap that, at times, resulted in production problems like downtime and increased waste on the line. Adding to the problem was a shortage of qualified maintenance technicians to make sure all

Highly Efficient Plant Layout

Reported Year
Troy Chemical's existing manufacturing facility was a 28,920-square-foot facility located in Burton, Ohio. They had outgrown the facility and started to investigate moving their operation to a larger facility. ROI calculations for moving into a different building did not make financial sense, so Troy Chemical approached MAGNET, part of the Ohio MEP
Created March 18, 2019, Updated February 16, 2024