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The Center for Economic Development at the Levin College of Urban Affairs at Cleveland State University prepared this report for the Ohio Manufacturing Institute (OMI) at The Ohio State University. The objective of this study is to provide background analysis of the plastic and polymer molding industry for the OMI as they prepare a roadmap for the future and recommendations concerning this industry for the Ohio Development Services Agency (ODSA). This report provides a literature review and summary of findings.

Literature was collected and reviewed from various sources on the plastic and polymer molding industry. Academic articles, reports, and studies were collated and analyzed from databases, internet searches, and publications. The goal of this report is to provide a clear context of the state, national, and international conversation on the molding industry, as well as to delineate opportunities and challenges as it related to this technology. The focus of this report is on the plastic and polymer molding industry as well as its supply chain (both forwards and backwards).