COLUMBUS, OHIO (July 12, 1:30 p.m. ET) — The Ohio Manufacturing Institute has received a $150,000 grant from the Ohio Department of Development.
The institute, which is housed on the campus of Ohio State University, provides manufacturers with research, development and process support. For the past two years, it has operated as an arm of the OSU College of Engineering, allowing the institute access to the university's technical resources.
The institute will use the grant to develop a process to expand the access of Ohio manufacturers to technical services offered by public and private resources in the state; those resources include Ohio State University and other Ohio universities and community colleges, manufacturing extension partnerships, the Thomas Edison Centers, and public and private research facilities.
The Department of Development is working with the Ohio Manufacturing Extension partnership, or Ohio MEP, to provide the grant through the Edison Funds.
The manufacturing institute also named Rich Spivey, a senior manager at Honda of America Mfg., as its first full-time executive director. He will serve in that role for two years, on loan from Honda.
“Rich brings a high level of experience to OMI that will be essential as we work with manufacturers to match and solve their technical needs with the exceptional resources available in the state of Ohio,” said Glenn Daehn, who previously headed the institute.
At Honda, Spivey is responsible for strategic planning, cost control, and supply chain sustainability in Honda's North American Purchasing Division.
Honda for 24 years has worked with the OSU College of Engineering on initiatives to advance manufacturing technologies and to promote manufacturing in the region.
“As a manufacturer with approximately 150 suppliers in the state, Honda recognizes the value of sharing technical expertise from our colleges and universities, and from both private and public research organizations,” said Rick Schostek, senior vice president at Honda of America.