• Task Force Releases Report On Manufacturing
  • February 14, 2013
  • Law Firm: McDonald Hopkins LLC - Cleveland Office
  • The 21st Century Manufacturing Task Force has released a report on the status of manufacturing in Ohio—including more than 40 action items that could be taken to improve the state’s manufacturing competitiveness. Led by Representative Kirk Schuring (R- Canton), the task force spent five months conducting hearings across the state at various manufacturing facilities.

    Workforce development, research, energy costs, reduced regulation, and changes to the state’s tax structure are among the areas identified for improvement. Citing the need for young Ohioans to understand that a career in manufacturing offers significant income and job security, the report suggests the creation of a program to fund co-ops and apprenticeships in the industry jointly funded with public and private dollars.

    The following are among the action items identified in the report:

    • Encourage the development of the infrastructure necessary to build a delivery system to accommodate the increased use of compressed natural gas vehicles
    • Promote more combined heat and power activities to lower energy costs and improve emissions
    • Develop a program to assist high-energy manufacturers to stabilize or lower their energy costs over a long period of time
    • Coordinate state regulations with federal regulations to avoid confusion and conflict in achieving compliance
    • Encourage a uniform municipal tax policy to be adopted to eliminate multiple tax filings
    • Creation of tax incentives to promote capital investment, research and development, and energy efficiencies
    • Explore new ways to fund improvements and repairs to Ohio’s highways and bridges