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Our state and national policy recommendations reflect a thoughtful and sustained response to industry-led and vetted problems and issues. Our goal is to make the technical resources of MEP centers, universities, public/private labs, industry/tech organizations, technical centers, and community colleges more accessible and relevant to Ohio’s small- and medium-sized manufacturing enterprises (SMMEs). We also engage in outreach programs that support manufacturers - from small to medium-size firms to original equipment manufacturers -  by aligning industries, academic institutions, technology support organizations and government to work on actionable solutions. In short, OMI provides manufacturers with the tools they need to collaborate with a statewide network of technical resources. 

How can OMI help you?

  • Develop industry-vetted, well-researched policy recommendations and best practices that support manufacturers, especially small- and medium-sized manufacturers 
  • Remove barriers and help to make university innovation resources more accessible to industry
  • Support access to workforce development and technical resources, e.g., project-based student internships 

Industry-vetted Policies

The Ohio Manufacturing Institute works with its industry, university, and government partners to find solutions to manufacturers' greatest technical challenges, including the following:

  • Advanced materials
  • Product development and Commercialization
  • Smart factories in the fourth industrial revolution
  • Removing barriers between industry and academia
  • Roadmaps by technical process
  • Talent and workforce issues


Technical Resources 

OMI provides manufacturers seeking advanced technology solutions to current manufacturing problems and assistance with new technologies with the tools they need to collaborate with a network of available technical resources. 

For example, we connect industry needs with the best practices and resources available in Ohio by constructing a detailed decision analysis to evaluate existing entities on their potential ability to meet the technical needs of Ohio manufacturers.  

Statewide Roadmaps

OMI conducted roadmapping work as part of a grant with the Ohio Development Services Agency to establish and implement a statewide Advanced Manufacturing Technical Network strategy. The first roadmapping report investigates four manufacturing processes (machining, molding, joining/forming and additive manufacturing) and focuses on fuller utilization of Ohio¹s technical resources. Other objectives of the study considered ways to facilitate the development, transfer, and commercialization of advanced manufacturing technologies and provide technical network structure, leadership, and sustainability to support manufacturers.

Click here to see reports.

Co-located Internships

OMI has teamed up with area community colleges and Ohio Technical Centers to offer the LIFT OMIC co-located internship program, a project-based program for advanced manufacturing that provides manufacturers with student, faculty and lab resources at academic institutions. The project is associated with the national Lightweight Innovations for Tomorrow. Gain access to faculty mentors and student teams on your most pressing projects. More information is available at