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See also: Research surveys and reports on manufacturing education & training in the U.S.

JEC Report on Manufacturing, August 2010

The Case for a National Manufacturing Strategy, by Stephen J. Ezell and Robert D. Atkinson, The Information Technology & Innovation Foundation (ITIF), April 2011

Washington, D.C.—Aprfil 2011—This paper builds the intellectual case for why the United States needs a serious national manufacturing strategy. Until there is a consensus that manufacturing is important, that it is not healthy, and that a national manufacturing policy is needed, it will be difficult to create a platform for reframing the conversation. Meanwhile, other nations are putting in place manufacturing strategies that include key components such as tax incentives and large investments in research, skills development, infrastructure, and technology transfer and technical assistance. Every day we do nothing we risk falling further behind.


JEC Report on Manufacturing, August 2010

Understanding the Economy: Promising Signs of Recovery in Manufacturing, Prepared by the U.S. Congress Joint Economic Committee Majority Staff, August 2010.

Washington, D.C.—August 2, 2010—A new report released today by the U.S. Congress Joint Economic Committee (JEC), titled “Understanding the Economy: Promising Signs of Recovery in Manufacturing,” provides an in-depth look at the manufacturing sector, examining manufacturing employment losses during the Great Recession and detailing the rebound in manufacturing during the first half of 2010.


NorTech High-Tech Economy Brief July 2010

A Brief on the Performance of Northeast Ohio's High-Tech Economy, NorTech, July 2010 (PDF, 437k)

Northeast Ohio High-Tech Economy Report, by Iryna Lendel, Ph.D., CSU Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs, prepared for NorTech, June 2010 (PDF, 750k)

Cleveland—July 29, 2010 —NorTech, a catalyst for growing Northeast Ohio’s technology industries, today released its annual Northeast Ohio High-Tech Economy Brief, which analyzes performance of the region’s technology economy.

The Brief also compares Northeast Ohio to the remainder of Ohio, the Midwest and the U.S. from the perspective of employment, output, productivity and average wages in high-tech industries in 2008. (Complete Press Release)

NEO High-Tech Economy Report June 2010

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The Ohio Manufacturers' Association has published its 2010 Ohio Manufacturing Counts report, stressing the importance of the industry in the Buckeye State.

Ohio manufacturing is responsible for almost 18% of Ohio’s Gross Domestic Product and contributes to the quality of life in Ohio by providing more than half a million jobs for Ohio workers.

Manufacturing is the largest of the 20 sectors of Ohio’s economy with 17.8% of total output in 2008. Ohio’s manufacturing sector produced $84.1 billion worth of goods in 2008, ranking it third after California and Texas.


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Talent Pressures and the Aging Workforce: Manufacturing Sector, by Stephen Sweet and Marcie Pitt-Catsouphes with Elyssa Besen, Shoghik Hovhannisyan, and Farooq Pasha, The Sloan Center on Aging & Work at Boston College, July 2010 (PDF, 2.2M)

Boston—A wave of retirement in the manufacturing sector could plague US companies with skill shortages and high costs of replacing veteran employees. This new study by the Sloan Center on Aging & Work moves beyond simple awareness of aging trends, suggesting action steps for the manufacturing sector.


Indiana report rates Ohio high in manufacturing production and logistics; low in other business areas, by Marc Ransford, Ball State University Press Release, June 25, 2010
Muncie, Ind.—The 2010 Manufacturing and Logistics Report Card, prepared by Ball State's Center for Business and Economic Research grades all 50 states in several areas, including manufacturing and logistics health, human capital, cost of benefits, and innovation, tax climate and venture capital activities. Michael Hicks, CBER director, believes America's manufacturing output could return to the high point of 2006-07 sometime in 2011-12 as companies ramp up production to meet growing consumer demand.


In June 2009, President Obama created the White House Council on Automotive Communities and Workers to help coordinate the federal response to the economic crisis in the auto industry. The Council released its first annual report in May, 2010.

This 54-page report is a snapshot of the Council’s efforts to support the strategies of local communities and states over the last year. It also describes the new federal framework which would place more than $800 million of federal funding in an Environmental Response Trust.

MAGNET is pleased to offer the full text of this report to Northern Ohio manufacturers in the auto industry supply chain for free. If you would like to receive a copy, please contact Linda Barita, voice: (216) 391-7766.


Plante & Moran Manufacturing & Distribution Survey April 2010

The New Normal: Cliché or Reality? Plante & Moran Manufacturing & Distribution Survey, by Jeff Mengel, Partner, April 2010 (PDF, 1.5M)

Plante & Moran's survey of more than 170 manufacturing companies in North America focused on four areas: sales growth and recovery, human capital, continued cost reductions and credit management. The survey's purpose was to build a picture of what the economy might look like when the country begins to recover. Among the study's many discoveries: manufacturers who failed to diversify their customer base suffered the most during this recession.


March 2010 MEP Report

In March 2010, the Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) Board released the first in a series of annual papers intended to create a more dynamic discussion about the future of U.S. manufacturing.

This first paper sets the context for the series by laying out the complex realities of manufacturing, identifying the successful characteristics of U.S. manufacturers, and suggesting opportunities for action that can increase the competitiveness of U.S. manufacturers and manufacturing.

The report includes an introduction by Edward W. (Ned) Hill, Chair of the Hollings MEP Advisory Board and Dean, Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs, Cleveland State University. Professor Hill is also a member of the MAGNET Board of Directors.

The report identifies the four traits of successful manufacturers including:

  • innovate constantly to adapt to economic and technological changes;
  • embrace green and green lean;
  • recognize and navigate opportunity in the global value chain; and
  • develop and retain current and future talent.

The report identifies a dozen opportunities for action across these four characteristics. Both the 44-page full report and the six-page executive summary are available for free download.


Facts About Modern Manufacturing CoverNAM publishes updated edition of "Facts About Modern Manufacturing," Manufacturing Institute, National Association of Manufacturers, October 2009
Washington—The Manufacturing Insitute (an arm of the National Association of Manufacturers) published an updated edition of its survey of the manufacturing sector in the U.S. The 64-page publication contains statistics, charts and graphs setting out the strengths and challenges manufacturing faces today and clearly demonstrates the central place manufacturing holds in the nation's economy. It can be downloaded for free here (PDF, 3M)

The long road to recovery from the recession of 2007: December 2009 Update, by Edward Hill, Dean, Levin College of Urban Affairs, Cleveland State University, November 28, 2009 (PDF).

Identifying High Demand Occupations and Understanding the Needs of Northeast Ohio Manufacturers, Focus Group Summary Report, CSU Levin College of Urban Affairs, July 2009 (PDF). Sponsored by MAGNET and Ohio Skills Bank Regional Team.

Regional Dashboard of Economic Indicators 2009: Comparative Performance of Leading, Midwest and Northeast Ohio Metropolitan Areas, by Ziona Austrian, Afia Yamoah and Candi Clouse, the Center for Economic Development Levin College of Urban Affairs, Cleveland State University, July 2009 (PDF).

Commercialization of Hydrogen Fuel Cell Technology in North America: Pathwasy to Success in Northeast Ohio, by the Center for Sustainable Business Practices, Nance College of Business, and the Center for Economic Development, Levin College of Urban Affairs, Cleveland State University, December 2009 (PDF). Funded by the Cleveland Foundation.

Driving Ohio's Prosperity: How to help manufacturers do today's job of meeting customers' demands and tomorrow's job of continuing to innovate and improve, by Edward W. Hill, Jim Samuel and Fran Stewart, June 2008. Prepared for Compete Columbus.

Manufacturing Brief: Trends in manufacturing industries in Northeast Ohio, by Jill Taylor, May 2008 (PDF). Produced by the Center for Economic Development at Cleveland State University's Levin College of Urban Affairs. Sponsored by MAGNET and the U.S. Economic Development Administration.

Manufacturing Brief: Trends in manufacturing industries in Northeast Ohio, by Afia Yamoah, produced by the Center for Economic Development at Cleveland State University's Levin College of Urban Affairs, November 2007 (PDF). Sponsored by MAGNET and the U.S. Economic Development Administration.

The High Tech Sector in Northeast Ohio: 2007 Update (PDF, 528k)

Manufacturing Brief: Trends in manufacturing industries in Northeast Ohio, by Ziona Austrian, produced by the Center for Economic Development at Cleveland State University's Levin College of Urban Affairs, October 2006 (PDF). Sponsored by MAGNET and the U.S. Economic Development Administration.

Northwest Ohio Manufacturing Analysis, by Robert Sadowski and Jill Norton, CSU Levin College of Urban Affairs, May 2006 (PDF). Prepared for MAGNET.

Northeast Ohio Manufacturing Analysis; a Working Paper in Support of the Northeast Ohio Roadmap for Manufacturing Initiative, by Iryna Lendel and Ziona Austrian, CSU Center for Economic Development, August 2005.

Ohio's Competitive Advantage: Manufacturing Productivity, by Edward W. Hill, CSU Levin College of Urban Affairs, 2001 (PDF). Supported by the Ohio Manufacturers' Association.

Briefing Paper: Manufacturing Locations in Ohio: Shifts in Employment and Average Earnings Among Central, Suburba, and Rural Counties, by Robert Sadowski, October 2001 (PDF). Produced by the Center for Economic Development at Cleveland State University's Levin College of Urban Affairs

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