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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

People Power Your Business / Building Buy-In on the Factory Floor

Reported Year
Adam Simpson, the stand-out plant manager at the Franklin Atlas Roofing Facility, had a strong desire to empower every employee in its SW Ohio facility to assist in the refinement of their operations in order to streamline processes while its management developed a culture of continuous improvement.

MAGNET assists Dura-Line growth through factory and warehouse Kaizens

Reported Year
Dura-Line was moving to a new facility and wanted to take advantage of lean principles. Current distribution layout and coupler layout were inefficient. Wastes included motion, transportation and others. The plant manager engaged MAGNET, part of the Ohio MEP and the MEP National Network™, to challenge current staff, including supervisors, to

Reaching New Markets

Reported Year
When the COVID-19 pandemic hit Indie-Peasant Enterprises, Ltd, DBA Shagbark Seed & Mill, saw the bottom drop out of food service accounts that represented 62% of sales. They also had to end the in-store demos they used to market their chips and crackers in grocery stores around the region, which meant losing 10 contract workers. At the same time, a
Created March 18, 2019, Updated August 25, 2021