COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio Manufacturers’ Association (OMA) and its network of industry sector partnerships (ISPs) are transforming how the Buckeye State attracts and develops manufacturing workers by fostering collaboration and resource-sharing among manufacturers. There are currently 18 ISPs statewide, covering 65 counties.

Now this network is set to expand with the addition of the Stark County Manufacturing Workforce Development Partnership (SCMWDP). This industry-led coalition of manufacturers and other stakeholders have come together to address the county’s manufacturing talent shortage in Canton, Massillon, Alliance, Louisville, and other communities.

Interested manufacturers and those who work with them on workforce matters are invited to participate in a no-charge virtual meeting Thursday, March 11 at 8:30 a.m. via Zoom as the SCMWDP shares its mission, vision, and priorities with the community. Contact the OMA at or (800) 662-4463 to register.

Increasing the number of counties served by manufacturing sector partnerships is a key goal in the OMA’s workforce strategies for the post-COVID-19 recovery. All Ohio manufacturers are encouraged to get involved with their local sector partnership to address their workforce challenges. For information on how to become directly involved with the OMA's workforce services, email Sara Tracey.


The Ohio Manufacturers’ Association is Ohio’s largest statewide business association comprised solely of manufacturers. Established in 1910, the OMA's mission is protect and grow Ohio manufacturing. It represents manufacturers of all sizes in every subsector of the industry. Manufacturing is Ohio’s largest economic sector, employing 700,000 Ohioans and contributing more than $110 billion annually to the state’s economy. Visit – or follow us on LinkedInTwitter, and Facebook.