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The first annual Tri-State Shale Summit was held October 12-13, 2015 in Morgantown, WV.  The summit was a collaborative effort on behalf of the states of Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and Ohio to highlight and discuss development opportunities in the Marcellus & Utica Shale region. As part of the summit, Ohio Lt. Governor Mary Taylor, Pennsylvania […]

Additive manufacturing (AM) technology is developing rapidly, with an expanding range of capabilities and applications. The technology is attracting a tremendous amount of attention as exciting new applications stirs the imagination. According to the Wohlers Report 2015, “the market for additive manufacturing, consisting of all AM products and services worldwide, grew at a compound annual […]

Is safety a key component of your growth strategy?   While every manufacturer understands the value of having a safe work environment to avoid costly accidents and worker’s compensation payments, not many recognize the value of leveraging your safety efforts to grow your business. In 1987, the newly appointed CEO of Alcoa, Paul O’Neil, began his […]

The Ohio Development Services Agency (ODSA) announced it opened a new round of funding for Workforce Training. Applications are accepted on a first-come, first serve basis beginning October 14, 2015. See below for the full announcement from ODSA. More than 122,000 Ohio employees have already been trained through the Ohio Incumbent Workforce Training Voucher Program, […]

**Guest Post Courtesy of Akron Section of the Society of Plastics Engineers, David Schultz** The Akron Section of the Society of Plastics Engineers, along with the Vinyl Plastics Division of the SPE, will be hosting a conference this fall that highlights a most ubiquitous polymeric material. This conference will be held at the Hilton hotel […]

Ohio has a long, rich history in the Polymer industry, and is known as the birthplace of modern plastics. Today, Ohio is home to the most significant Polymer cluster in America. For in those in the cluster, the advantages are vast. Advantages such as, cutting-edge research being conducted at academic institutions, a steady stream of […]

Oil Prices Drop Put Bioplastics in Question While the majority of the U.S. rejoices due to dropping energy prices, those involved in the polymer industry are also enjoying lower raw material costs. The declining oil prices could also have an impact on other segment of the polymer industry: bio-based products. Does the market demand for […]

The Ohio Development Services Agency (ODSA) announced it opened a new round of funding for the Energy Loan Fund on July 15, 2015. See below for the full announcement from ODSA. The Fund provides financing for energy efficiency and advanced energy projects to Ohio businesses, manufacturers, non-profits, schools, colleges and universities, and public entities. A […]

Carbon fiber reinforced composites have found success in applications demanding the highest performance attributes where cost is less of a factor, such as aerospace and sports equipment. High volume applications remain on the horizon, but out of reach at current cost performance ratios. Several factors suggest that the automotive industry will be the market to […]

The Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation (IACMI) held their inaugural meeting June 17 -18, 2015 in Knoxville, TN, which drew hundreds of composites experts from industry, government and academia. The event kicked off with a signing ceremony between the U.S. Department of Energy and IACMI representatives to mark the official start of business for […]

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