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Renewed Manufacturing Commitment in a New Year

At the end of 2015, the state of Ohio received a present of its own in the form of continued commitment and support for the commercialization of regional businesses. The Ohio State University Center for Design and Manufacturing Excellence (CDME) will further strengthen the region’s resolve to bring new manufacturers to the state and retain existing ones through the creation of a commercialization and manufacturing support model. Boosted by a $6.8 million grant from the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration and the Department of Defense’s Office of Economic Adjustment, the funding will advance the ability of Ohio’s manufacturers in defense and commercial businesses to better compete. The three-year grant will foster economic stability in the central and northern areas of Ohio, according to a report from Today’s Medical Developments.

Joint Endeavor to Improve Ohio Manufacturing

The multi-industry collaboration, headed by CDME, is instrumental in commercializing technologies by drawing them from the experimental area of the lab into the marketplace. This advancement from lab to marketplace will allow the introduction of new technologies to Ohio’s industrial workforce, offering opportunities for workplace training and new skill development. The education factor is one of the most-important elements in building a skilled workforce ready to assist manufacturing growth in the state with employment in jobs in emerging technologies.

Enhancing Vitality – The Center for Design and Manufacturing Approach

  1. Address market opportunities and manufacturing challenges
  2. Build collaboration between unique industry partners
  3. Create workforce development for Ohio manufacturers

CDME will connect major companies’ multi-million dollar needs with the tens of thousands of new technologies and patents that reside in small startup companies and universities in the region,” said Nate Ames, CDME Associate Director, principal investigator of the grant project.

Other Education Collaborations

Working within the framework of the CDME grant guidelines, a number of educational facilitators within the state will also implement workforce training programs. North Central State College and Columbus State Community College will use this as an opportunity to provide instruction on the newest technologies and production methods to current manufacturing and future manufacturing workers. Finances from the grant will also provide additional employment at CDME in the hiring of engineers, student researchers and support staff.

The efforts of CDME build upon already-existing foundations in other Ohio-based manufacturers such as the Cleveland Deburring Machine Company (CDMC) that have an on-going commitment to expanding employee’s skills base and offering innovative partnerships to its customers. CDMC understands manufacturing remains relevant by truly understanding the needs of each customer. CDMC offers a line of deburring solutions and they can also develop innovative custom applications using the core CDMC deburring systems for unique needs.

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