COLUMBUS, OHIO - Gov. George Voinovich made clear at the April 30 Ohio Plastics Summit that he would like to see more plastics companies in his state make their product catalogs electronically accessible via the Internet. Voinovich, who recently re-turned from a trade mission to India, said state officials routinely use the Internet and a Web site the state developed known as the Ohio Export Directory to help market Ohio businesses abroad.
The directory, found at http://www.tpusa.com/ooed/home.html, contains information on 5,000 Ohio companies. The data ranges from simple text entries listing a firm's products or services, address and phone number, to multimedia packages incorporating text, graphics, sound and video.
The governor said it is ``disappointing'' that more firms interested in international trade are not placing color catalogs of their goods and services online. The cost is about $200, Voinovich said.
His comments apparently were triggered by a recent trade mission experience in which state officials accessed the directory for an Ohio-made product and could only pull up the firm's name, address and telephone number.