• New Manufacturing Techniques May Support Growth at Ohio Vehicle Plant

    New Manufacturing Techniques May Support Growth at Ohio Vehicle Plant0

    A consortium aimed at promoting advanced manufacturing applications in northwest Ohio plans to create a new innovation center using a portion of the $3.0 million grant that DOD’s Office of Economic Adjustment (OEA) previously awarded to benefit the Joint Systems Manufacturing Center, a government-owned, contractor-operated facility that produces tanks and military vehicles in Lima. “The OEAMC [Ohio Energy and Advanced Manufacturing Center] will be using those OEA grant funds along with some other state grants they have to create a center that fosters innovative processes and products, not only for JSMC but for other companies related to the defense industry, suppliers and entrepreneurs,” said project manager Cynthia Leis …

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  • Midwest Cyber Center to Support New Missions at Scott AFB0

    Leaders in southwestern Illinois last month launched the Midwest Cyber Center of Excellence, a non-profit organization formed to address unprecedented needs in the cybersecurity labor market being projected by local military, financial, healthcare, government and law enforcement agencies. The center’s top priority will be workforce development, especially in connection with the growing “cyber footprint” at Scott Air Force Base, which in December will start serving as the home for two newly created Air Force cybersecurity squadrons, according to a press release from the Leadership Council Southwestern Illinois. A recent report assessing the region’s cybersecurity workforce needs found that “while other centers of excellence exist on both coasts, there is nothing comparable in the Midwest, and the conditions here are not only favorable to such an endeavor, they demand it,” said Mike Riley, president of the Leadership Council …

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  • OEA Grant to Help Vermont Contractors Diversify0

    The state of Vermont will use a $386,325 grant from DOD’s Office of Economic Adjustment to help defense contractors diversify into new markets as defense spending declines. The grant awarded to the Vermont Agency of Commerce and Community Development will be used to help businesses that directly contract or subcontract with DOD, or that exist anywhere along the supply chain, according to a press release from Rep. Peter Welch (D) and Gov. Peter Shumlin (D). The agency will support eligible businesses by developing strategies to diversify and tap into new markets, as well as creating workforce development plans to carry out new lines of business …

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  • Ohio County Receives $3M OEA Grant to Mitigate Job Loss at Vehicle Plant0

    Allen County in northwest Ohio has received a $3.0 million grant from the Office of Economic Adjustment for the second phase of efforts to support businesses and workers harmed by defense cutbacks at the Joint Systems Manufacturing Center (JSMC), a government-owned, contractor-operated facility that produces tanks and military vehicles. The grant, which will be supplemented by more than $400,000 from local sources, will be used to implement strategies developed in the first phase to maintain and enhance the skill sets of workers at JSMC. The grant also will go toward setting up a social media presence for JSMC workforce development and funding for the commercialization of a new metal joining process at the Ohio Energy & Advanced Manufacturing Center …

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  • OEA Grant to Fund Workforce Diversification Effort in Southwest Ohio0

    The Dayton, Ohio, region has been awarded a $7.0 million grant by DOD’s Office of Economic Adjustment to help diversify the area’s economic base as it responds to anticipated cutbacks in the defense industry. A collaborative effort among 11 local agencies and institutions will leverage the research and development capabilities at the Air Force Research Laboratory at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base to develop and produce market-ready technologies, reported the Dayton Business Journal. “This is another step in continuing to support our region’s greatest asset,” said Jeff Hoagland, president and CEO of the Dayton Development Coalition …

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  • Northwestern Ohio Officials Develop Workforce Vision0

    Officials in northwest Ohio last week held a two-day workshop to generate ideas to expand job creation opportunities and assist businesses and workers harmed by defense cutbacks at the Joint Systems Manufacturing Center in Lima. The participants first learned that existing workforce development efforts in Allen County have a cohesive structure, according to Future iQ Partners, the consultant hired by the county through a $220,000 grant from the Office of Economic Adjustment. “You don’t have dysfunction here,” said David Beurle, the firm’s CEO. “You’re not broken … and you’re not starting at zero. You’ve got momentum …

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