Make it Better: A Blueprint for Manufacturing in NE Ohio

Wayne Economic Development Council and the Orrville Area Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with MAGNET, are pleased to host a luncheon presentation featuring Ethan Karp, President and CEO of MAGNET, at The Ohio State University CFAES Wooster Conference Center on Friday, March 18, 11:30am – 1pm.Why Wayne County Manufacturer’s Should AttendManufacturing in Northeast Ohio constitutes nearly half of the local economy directly and indirectly; it supports one million jobs and makes up 38% of the state’s GDP. However, it faces persistent challenges: namely, a talent gap and the slow adoption of innovative technologies.In January 2020, almost 60% of manufacturers in the region said they couldn’t find the skilled workers they need to grow – an obstacle that even widespread COVID-19-related layoffs didn’t solve.Ohio MEP 2020 Manufacturing Survey found that investing in new technologies is near the bottom of the priority list for a majority of Northeast Ohio manufacturers.The Blueprint addresses these and other key issues, grouping its insights and solutions around four key areas: talent, technology transformation, innovation, and leadership. The hope is that stakeholders throughout the region can use the report to guide collaborative efforts to solve these pressing problems. The Blueprint and its partner organizations can be found at​.

The Ohio State University CFAES Wooster Conference Center1680 Madison AveWooster, OH 44667


Mar 18 2022


11:30 am - 1:00 pm
June 21, 2024, 7:14 pm