Public Policy & Advocacy

MAGNET is the voice of manufacturing in Northeast Ohio, advocating for manufacturers in dealing with the multitude of regulatory agencies at the local and regional level and in influencing public policy by:

  • Developing public policy positions as a result of input from regional manufacturers.
  • Disseminating MAGNET policy positions to community and political leadership.

If you have a public policy or regulatory issue you would like to review with a MAGNET team member, contact Linda Barita, (216) 391-7766.


Public Policy News Briefs

Recent news about public-policy issues of interest to manufacturers in Northern Ohio.

Aid for Chrysler's Toledo Machining Plant delayed, by Larry P. Vellequette, Toledo Blade, July 26, 2011
Toledo—The Ohio Tax Credit Authority was scheduled to take up an incentive request Monday for Chrysler's Toledo Machining Plant in Perrysburg Township. But the item was "pulled from the agenda" at some point after the agenda was printed. A spokesman for the Ohio Department of Development refused to say Monday what the project was.


Wheatland Tube plans $11.4M expansion, by Dan O'Brien, Youngstown Business Journal, July 26, 2011
Youngstown, Ohio—Wheatland Tube Co., a division of the John Maneely Co., plans to pump $11.4 million into its plant in Howland to help increase the production of pipe used in the exploration of natural gas in the Marcellus and Utica shale. The Ohio Tax Credit Authority approved a job-creation tax credit of 40% over six years to help the project, which is expected to add at least 20 jobs.


Ethanol makers poised to add $6.9B in sales, Bloomberg News via Toledo Blade, July 21, 2011
New York—Ethanol manufacturers are set to thrive even if they have to give up $6 billion a year in U.S. tax subsidies because a government mandate for increased use of the fuel may add $6.9 billion a year in sales.


U.S. government ends Chrysler investment; Fiat ups stake, AP via Cleveland Plain Dealer, July 21, 2011
Washington—The Treasury Department said Thursday it has exited its investment in Chrysler LLC after Italian automaker Fiat SpA purchased the U.S. government's remaining holdings in the auto company. Fiat paid $560 million to the Treasury Department for the government's 98,000 shares.


Ohio seeks exporting award applications, Youngstown Business Journal, July 20, 2011
Columbus—The Ohio Department of Development's global markets division is accepting applications for the 2011 Governor's Excellence in Exporting Awards. The deadline for entries is Aug. 19.


Obama says manufacturing ‘bright spot’ in economic recovery, AP via Toledo Blade, July 20, 2011
Columbus—Obama told WBNS-TV of Columbus at the White House on Wednesday that, “We’ve actually seen more growth, faster in manufacturing than in the rest of the economy.”


Coal industry, health advocates battle over new EPA pollution controls, by Tom Borgerding, WCPN IdeaStream, July 20, 2011
Cleveland—The federal government is poised to impose more air pollution controls on coal fired power plants. Public health advocates want quick action on the new rules. But, coal industry and utility executives say stricter rules will result in higher electricity rates and lost jobs.


National Refractories facility gets EPA green light, by Jeremy Lydic, Youngstown Business Journal, July 19, 2011
East Liverpool, Ohio—The port authority's CEO, Tracy Drake, said this is a "great success story" in the county's efforts to restore brownfield property in the area. The project also finished under budget, costing some $800,000 of the $1 million in grants the port authority received, Drake said.


Senator Brown pushes bill to help vets find jobs, by George Nelson, Youngstown Business Journal, July 19, 2011
Youngstown, Ohio—Mary Ann Pacelli, senior business consultant with the Manufacturing Advocacy & Growth Network, or Magnet, noted that the organization has a pilot program now that could show how the legislation could work.


Coalition of unions, environmental groups endorses tougher fuel-economy rule, AP via Cleveland Plain Dealer, July 18, 2011
Detroit—The United Auto Workers, along with a coalition of other labor unions and environmental groups, sent a letter to the Obama administration Monday in support of stricter fuel efficiency standards, along with federal support for necessary investments.


FDA announces new initiative to promote U.S. medical innovation, by Teresa Chin, Cleveland Plain Dealer, July 16, 2011
Cleveland— Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Margaret A. Hamburg announced Friday at the City Club of Cleveland that her agency will launch an "innovation initiative" that will make it easier for domestic companies to develop and receive approval for new medical products.


SBA manufacturing loans are on the rise in Cleveland area, by Marcia Pledger, Cleveland Plain Dealer, July 14, 2011
Cleveland—136 manufacturers in the northern district of Ohio, which includes Cleveland, received loans this year from the SBA. The administration has lent $59 million to the manufacturers so far this year, up from $19 million two years ago.


Severstal to get loan from U.S. government, Warren Tribune-Chronicle, July 13, 2011
Detroit—Severstal, which owned a steel mill in Warren before selling it to RG Steel earlier this year, plans to modernize a plant in Dearborn, Mich., that makes steel for the auto industry. The project will employ around 2,500 construction workers and create 260 factory jobs.


NASA won't put command center for international space station lab in Cleveland, by Regina Garcia Cano, Cleveland Plain Dealer, July 13, 2011
Cleveland—Greater Cleveland's hope of launching an outer-space-driven economy crashed Wednesday when NASA chose a Florida nonprofit group to develop and manage the U.S. portion of the International Space Station.


House Republicans fall short of vote to reject light bulb requirements, AP via Youngstown Vindicator, July 12, 2011
Washington—The standards in question do not specifically ban the old bulbs but require a higher level of efficiency than the classics can produce, essentially nudging them off store shelves over the next few years.


Number of the Week: Manufacturing still plays big role in U.S., by Justin Lahart, Wall Street Journal, July 9, 2011
New York—The Commerce Department says goods — a category that includes agricultural and mining products, but is largely manufactured items — accounted for 28.5% of the U.S. economy in the first quarter.


Port authority offers vision for former Jeep site, by David Patch, Toledo Blade, July 8, 2011
Toledo—Ground could be broken yet this year for the first building in a proposed 930,000 square-foot industrial complex on the former Jeep assembly plant site in central Toledo, which is now owned and being cleaned up by the Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority.


Jay Williams will join Obama administration as auto czar, by David Skolnick, Youngstown Vindicator, July 6, 2011
Youngstown, Ohio—Youngstown Mayor Jay Williams has accepted an executive position in the President Barack Obama Administration, and will resign as the city’s top official for the new job.


V&M expansion named top project by Team NEO, Youngstown Business Journal, July 5, 2011
Youngstown, Ohio—The V&M Star's $650 million expansion project was named the top retention and expansion project at Team NEO Economic Development Plus Awards program. Honors went to the Youngstown/Warren Regional Chamber, the cities of Youngstown and Girard, and the office of U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan, D-17 Ohio, for their involvement in the project.


First Solar wins loan help, by Ryan Tracy, Wall Street Journal, July 1, 2011
Washington—The U.S. Energy Department said it is offering to guarantee about $4.5 billion in loans for First Solar Inc. to finance three renewable energy projects in California that the solar-panel maker is developing.


White House considers big boost to fuel economy, AP via Cleveland Plain Dealer, June 27, 2011
Washington—The Obama administration is telling American automakers that it would like cars and light trucks to average 56.2 miles per gallon by 2025 -- a boost to fuel economy that would save consumers money at the pump and help with global warming but drive up the cost of automobiles.


Factory jobs become election issue, by Jonathan Weisman and James R. Hagerty, Wall Street Journal, June 24, 2011
Washington—President Barack Obama will travel Friday to Pittsburgh to talk up a "renaissance" in domestic manufacturing, just days after his leading rival called the president "out of touch" for suggesting young Americans seek jobs in the sector.


House passes patent overhaul, by Jim Puzzanghera, Los Angeles Times, June 24, 2011
Washington—The House passed the most sweeping changes to the patent system in nearly 60 years, a rare bipartisan accomplishment pushed by major businesses bent on reducing a huge backlog of applications and aligning U.S. procedures with most of the rest of the world.


Obama announces $500 million effort to boost high-tech manufacturing, AP via Cleveland Plain Dealer, June 24, 2011
Pittsburgh—magining advances from lighter cars to smarter robots, President Barack Obama is announcing a $500 million project to spur high-technology manufacturing, a sector of U.S. industry that presidential advisers say has lost ground to such competitors as Germany and Japan.


NorTech identifies Northeast Ohio's opportunities in advanced energy, by Chuck Soder, Crain's Cleveland Business, June 22, 2011
Cleveland—vNortheast Ohio could create more than 2,000 jobs by 2018 if companies and organizations with expertise in energy storage technologies work together, according to a study by regional technology advocacy group NorTech.


Chrysler to receive Energy Dept. loans, Toledo Blade, June 22, 2011
Auburn Hills, Mich.—Sergio Marchionne, chief executive officer of both Chrysler and Fiat, said in April that the U.S. automaker would likely be able to obtain as much as $3.5 billion in low-interest loans for development of fuel-efficient vehicles.


Industry Week spotlights Ryan's advocacy of advanced manufacturing, Youngstown Business Journal, June 22, 2011
Youngstown, Ohio—The Democratic congressman from Niles, co-chair of the House Manufacturing Caucus, cites the General Motors Lordstown assembly plant, and the 4,500 autoworkers employed there as evidence the government bailout of GM was good policy. "


Consumer skepticism on 'green' labels rises, Los Angeles Times viaToledo Blade, June 21, 2011
Los Angeles—Environmentalists and some consumers say many companies are making the products out to be greener than they really are, a practice they call greenwashing.


Patriot Water Treatment makes case for Marcellus water, by George Nelson, Youngstown Business Journal, June 21, 2011
Warren, Ohio—Executives with Patriot Water Treatment LLC and members of the region's legislative delegation to Columbus appear optimistic that issues between the state's Environmental Protection Agency and Department of Natural Resources could be resolved so that the company can continue to operate and expand.


Aurora firm lights up with potential for growth, by Chuck Soder, Crain's Cleveland Business, June 20, 2011
Aurora, Ohio—Ellis Yan, CEO of Technical Consumer Products Inc. of Aurora, said he has spent the past four years preparing for 2012, when the federal government will begin phasing in a ban on traditional incandescent light bulbs. The new law is one reason why TCP later this year plans to start producing CFL bulbs at a 100,000-square-foot warehouse it owns behind its headquarters on Campus Drive. (Subscription)


Ohio wind manufacturing on growth trajectory, by Bill Rice, WCPN IdeaStream, June 20, 2011
Cleveland—Ohio's wind energy industry has been gaining momentum, and this month was given an additional boost: China agreed to drop its subsidy of wind energy manufacturing.


Sherwin-Williams wins green award from U.S. EPA, by John Funk, Cleveland Plain Dealer, June 20, 2011
Cleveland—The award recognizes work done by Sherwin-Williams scientists working in downtown Cleveland who have invented a water-based oil paint. The new paint is just one example of the company's efforts to become sustainable -- that is, to adopt the principles of sustainable development, doing business today in a way that does not ruin the environment for future generations.


Ohio ranks fourth for manufacturing workers: Sunday's Numbers, by Rich Exner, Cleveland Plain Dealer, June 19, 2011
Cleveland—The PD posts some statistics from the 2009 American Community Survey showing 14.7% of Ohio residents work in manufacturing.


Nortech sees $30 billion potential market for Northeast Ohio advanced energy companies, by John Funk, Cleveland Plain Dealer, June 18, 2011
Cleveland—NorTech has scheduled a series of public meetings to refine its plan for building advanced energy and high-tech manufacturing in Northeast Ohio.


Lima gets reprieve on tank funding, by Jessica Wehrman, Columbus Dispatch, June 18, 2011
Washington— Senate committee has passed a bill that adds $322 million to President Barack Obama's budget for tanks built in Lima - the second time this week that the Lima Tank Plant has received a reprieve from the federal government.


Solar firm may create 1,100 jobs, by Tim Feran, Columbus Dispatch, June 17, 2011
Columbus—The U.S. Department of Energy said yesterday it is offering a $275 million loan guarantee to Calisolar Inc. to locate a solar silicon plant in Ontario, just west of Mansfield in Richland County. The DoE said construction must begin by Sept. 30 for Calisolar to qualify for the loan.


Extrudex Aluminum receives tax abatement, Warren Tribune-Chronicle, June 17, 2011
Youngstown, Ohio—Mahoning County commissioners on Thursday approved a tax abatement that will help Extrudex Aluminum create 25 jobs over three years with a $14 million expansion in North Jackson.


Panel backs Lima tank plant, Toledo Blade, June 16, 2011
Washington— A U.S. House panel has voted to keep the Lima, Ohio, Abrams tank line operating, rejecting an Obama Administration plan to end production at the Allen County plant.


Biomass project could add 1,200 jobs here, by Dan O'Brien, Youngstown Business Journal, June 16, 2011
Youngstown, Ohio—U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack and U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, told reporters that the federal government's Biomass Crop Assistance Program, or BCAP, would be extended to 5,344 acres in Trumbull, Geauga, Ashtabula and Lake counties in Ohio, and Mercer, Erie and Crawford counties in Pennsylvania. The grass would be processed at the Aloterra Energy plant in Conneaut.


White House’s Daley seeks balance in outreach meeting with manufacturers, by Peter Wallsten and Jia Lynn Yang, Washington Post, June 16, 2011
Washington—One by one, exasperated executives stood to air their grievances on environmental regulations and stalled free-trade deals. Chief of Staff William M. Daley, the former banker tasked with building ties with industry, found himself looking for the right balance between empathy and defending his boss.