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Center for Economic Development


The Center for Economic Development (the Center) at the Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs at Cleveland State University was retained by TechSolve to produce an online survey and conduct focus groups of Ohio businesses in the machining industry. The survey and focus groups are part of a broader effort managed by TechSolve for the Ohio Manufacturing Institute and Ohio Development Services Agency (ODSA) to develop a roadmap for the machining industry in Ohio.

This executive summary covers the two main chapters of this report: the Survey of Machining Businesses and Machining Business Focus Groups. The survey examines the responses to the Survey of Machining Businesses and their perceptions regarding the current and future challenges of the industry. The focus group protocol delved deeper into questions unresolved by the survey and extended to descriptions of challenges in developing the workforce for this industry.