New Program Offers Help To Manufacturing Companies In Appalachian Ohio

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Manufacturing companies in parts of Appalachian Ohio now have access to a program aimed at helping companies become more competitive in the global marketplace.

The Manufacturing Extension Partnership provides companies in 28 counties with a variety of resources to help them grow.

“In regions where this program has been robustly adopted we have seen the economies, the amount of manufacturing employment and the amount of wages for manufacturing workers increase substantially,” Appalachian Partnership for Economic Growth President John Molinaro said.

The program is a joint effort between the Appalachian Partnership for Economic Growth (APEG) and the Ohio Development Services Agency.

Companies with fewer than 50 employees can get help from a field engineer at three regional partners, the Innovation Center at Ohio University, the Muskingum County Business Incubator and the Technology Small Business Development Center at Ohio State University South Center.

“That field engineer would help that company take a look at its operations, its productivity, whatever issues might be holding that company back and would then link the company with resources, technology, technical assistance, whatever it might take to try and make that company do better,” Molinaro said.

Officials hope to reach 15 percent of manufacturers in the next couple of years.