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Ohio manufacturing jobs increase by 16,700 in January PDF Print E-mail
Written by Delphos   
Tuesday, April 01, 2014 2:15 PM


Staff Writer


OHIO — Ohio’s manufacturing sector is gaining strength after suffering the worst economic decline since the depression era of the late 1920s by adding 54,000 jobs in the state over the past four years. According to state employment statistics, it is the best gain in the past 20 years in such an economic period.

The U.S. Department of Labor reported that Ohio had the second-biggest job gains of any state in January, adding 16,700 positions. At that time, the number of manufacturing jobs in Ohio was 668,600 and the number of manufacturing workers nationwide was 12.1 million

The Current Employment Statistics Survey released by U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics on March 7 reports that nationally, employment in manufacturing changed very little with 6,000 jobs added in February.

The January state employment report released recently showed 23 states reporting more hiring for that month, while 27 said that the number of jobs fell; Ohio ranked behind Texas, which added 33,900 positions.

Over the past 7 months, the industry has added 83,000 jobs.

In Ohio, the sectors that added the most jobs included construction, manufacturing and professional and business services.

Ohio’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for that month was 6.9 percent, down from 7.1 percent in December. The national jobless rate was 6.6 percent in January.

U.S. Bank’s regional investment director Jim Russell recently spoke at the Ohio Bankers League’s annual economic summit and said Ohio is going to be in the epicenter of something pretty good. Optimism stems from trends developing in the manufacturing sector which includes:

• New energy sources which will allow production of less expensive supplies of natural gas;

• Higher wages and concerns about quality which have prompted employers to move jobs back into the U.S.;

• The U.S. uses technology in manufacturing that is superior to that in other countries, and;

• Manufacturers are spurring job creation and improving on stability and efficiency by keeping suppliers close.

President of the Ohio Manufacturers Association Eric Burkland said manufacturers responded to the weakened economy by investing in technology and product development. He said coming out of the last recession — when all the cuts were made in budgets and head counts — companies were very cautious about hiring. Burkland said that caution has been replaced by confidence due to Ohio’s competitive markets and companies are now hiring.

Manufacturing employment is important to Ohio because it makes up a greater share of the state’s economy than the nation’s and the jobs tend to provide higher pay.

Russell said 17 percent of Ohio’s economy is powered by manufacturing, compared with 12.5 percent of the U.S. economy and 12.8 percent of the state’s workforce is in manufacturing, the sixth most in the nation.

Operations Manager for Samuel, Son & Co.’s plant in Heath, Jim Waterman, said the steel-band manufacturer has been expanding due to the high demand for their products, especially in the energy, automotive and pipeline industries.

He said during the height of the recession, the company cut about 90 percent of its workers and now the plant has 105 workers, more than before the recession.

In 1979 the state peaked at 19.4 million manufacturing jobs, which decreased to 1 million in the year 2000.

Dammeyer named to Western Southern Life’s Gold Medallion Club PDF Print E-mail
Written by Delphos   
Tuesday, April 01, 2014 2:13 PM

Carolyn Dammeyer, a sales representative and financial advisor in the Western Southern Life’s Celina office has been named to the Gold Medallion Club. Membership in the club is based on outstanding sales production, business persistency, meeting strict ethical and production requirements and upholding the heritage of conducting business with the highest level of integrity.

Dammeyer will attend the Leaders Sales Meeting in Scottsdale, Ariz.

Hibner becomes registered architect PDF Print E-mail
Written by Delphos   
Tuesday, April 01, 2014 2:00 PM

Garmann/Miller & Associates, Inc., in Minster is pleased to announce that Matt Hibner has received his Architectural Registration for the State of Ohio and is now a licensed architect.

His steps to becoming a registered architect included receiving a Bachelor of Science in Architecture from Ball State University and Master of Architecture from Miami University. He then completed the Intern Development Program (IDP) under the supervision of licensed architects, logging more than 5,600 hours in training involving all aspects of architectural practice. The final step of the registration process was successfully passing the seven divisions of the Architectural Registration Exam.

Hibner is a member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and became a LEED Accredited Professional (LEED AP) through the US Green Building Council in 2006. He has also been approved for certification through the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB), allowing him to obtain reciprocal registrations in other states. He is registered in Indiana as well.

The Coldwater native now lives in Minster and has been with Garmann/Miller since March 2012.

Garmann/Miller’s staff of 36 employees includes registered architects, landscape architects, designers, professional engineers, construction administrators and administrative personnel serving public and private clients throughout Ohio.

2.7 million Ohioans report work place tech difficulties PDF Print E-mail
Written by Delphos   
Tuesday, April 01, 2014 1:59 PM


COLUMBUS – According to Connect Ohio’s recently published report, Training Ohio’s Workforce—Bringing Digital Skills to the Workplace, more than 2.7 million working-age Ohio adults say they would have difficulty completing computer-related tasks required by most employers, while two-thirds of Ohio businesses (67%) use broadband and need employees who can use it effectively.

Nationally, 70% of businesses consider it “important” or “very important” for employees to have some Internet skills. Many Ohio adults lack the digital skills that employers are seeking — one in eight Ohio households that do not subscribe to broadband cite a lack of digital literacy skills as a main reason for not subscribing.

“In Columbus, we don’t have a problem creating jobs. We have a problem filling jobs,” said Mayor Michael B. Coleman. “We must train our people to give them skills that will allow them to participate in our economic success.”

Of the 7.2 million Ohio adults below retirement age, 38% say they would have difficulty completing at least one of the following tasks: creating or editing a spreadsheet (33%); going online using a mobile device (14%); using word processing software (13%); and sending or receiving an e-mail (7%) without assistance. That represents more than 2.7 million working-age Ohio adults who would have difficulty in performing at least one of these tasks.

“Providing Ohioans with basic digital literacy training and connecting them to the Internet delivers the opportunity needed to bridge the ‘digital divide’ and allows for Ohioans to compete on a national and global level,” said Stu Johnson, executive director of Connect Ohio. “Technical skills in the workplace have already become a requirement and the trend towards a virtual workplace has taken off and will only continue to grow. The proper technical skills can provide anyone, regardless of location, a wealth of endless career opportunities.”

Additional key findings from this report include:

· Nationally, 70% of businesses consider it “important” or “very important” for employees to have some Internet related skills, yet 40% report that they have a difficult time finding employees with the necessary technical skills.

· Many Ohio adults lack the digital skills that employers are seeking — one in eight Ohio households that do not subscribe to broadband cite a lack of digital literacy skills as their main reasons for not subscribing.

· More than 2.7 million working-age Ohio adults would have difficulty completing computer-related tasks that many employers require.

· One in three working-age Ohio adults (33% of adults age 18-64) say it would be “difficult” or “very difficult” for them to use a computer to create or edit a spreadsheet without assistance from someone else.

Post words. Achieve big. Build success. Day-by-Day. PDF Print E-mail
Written by Delphos   
Tuesday, April 01, 2014 1:58 PM

Last year I posted four words on my bathroom mirror: FINISH, WRITE, SHAPE, and YES.

My results?

• I finished the 21.5 Unbreakable Laws of Selling.

• I wrote 1,000 words a week and documented hundreds of ideas.

• My shape is still plus 20 pounds, so that word will remain this year.

• I maintained my YES! Attitude, but seeing the word every morning and evening in my bathroom mirror helped.

Not bad achievement results – but still being 20 pounds overweight shows a flaw in my self-discipline. Not good.

Based on last year’s success, this year I decided to create two four-word categories. One for achievement and one for improvement. Not “goals” in the sense that you may be thinking about. Rather, intentions that I consciously and subconsciously work on every day to build success all year long.

By posting the words on my bathroom mirror, I consciously see them each day, and subconsciously think about them and act on them regularly. Because they’re right in front of me every morning and every evening, they are inescapable mental confrontations. Oh, and the process works!

After I explain each word I have selected for this year, I’ll provide a lesson you can incorporate as you select your word(s). The lesson is the motive behind the word so you can use the same principle as you generate your words.

On the achievement side of life, my four words are: ADVISOR – DIGITAL – POWER – TIME

ADVISOR – I launched the Gitomer Certified Advisor program in the fall of 2013. Instant success. I’ve certified more than 100 advisors. They’re independent businesspeople who are now marketing their sales and personal development services using my intellectual property, both online and in the classroom. In 2014 I will intensify the program and the process until there are 500 certified advisors globally.

LESSON: Once you have a successful idea, program, game plan, or process – strengthen it. Pick an achievement target, and figure out what you have to do weekly to make it a reality. What’s one word that describes your biggest achievement target?

DIGITAL – Convert all paper, CD, and DVD to digital. Create financial and distribution opportunities ONLY available to digital information dissemination. The world is not quite ready for all digital, but I will be.

LESSON: Don’t stay attached to old technology or products even though they have brought success and profit in the past. Companies like Yellow Pages, Blackberry, and AOL have buried themselves by not advancing soon enough. Companies like Amazon, Zappos, and Apple have marched to the head of the class by innovating BEFORE the market did, and they set the standard for others to follow. When someone says, “It’s just like an iPad” – what they’re really saying is, “iPad set the standard.” I want someone to say, “I’m just like Gitomer.” What’s one word to describe the standard you are trying to set?

POWER – This year I intend to capitalize on the convergent power of reputation, brand, intellectual property, and online distribution. Content is more than king. It is desired and bought by those in need. And with online, on-demand video, concentration on marketing and distribution are on the top of my list.

LESSON: Your experience has given you both success and expertise. What expertise and success can you combine to give you a market-dominant opportunity? What’s one word that describes what you’re trying to capitalize on?

TIME – My most precious resource – and yours! This year I intend to take control of it and make it my own. Not manage it, rather allocate it to things I WANT to do, rather than things I HAVE to do. I want to write, speak, travel, learn, read, and have meaningful family time. It’s the subtle difference between “spending” time and “investing” time. I have written about time allocation before, now it’s a matter of taking ownership of it.

LESSON: Wasted time is at the top of lost resources for most people. Don’t let that be you. In 1889, Orison Swett Marden wrote, “Do not realize the immense value of utilizing spare minutes.” What’s a word that offers you greater investment in your most precious, non-recoverable resource?

Hopefully the words I have chosen and the lessons I have provided will inspire you to write and define your words for the year. Interestingly, you most likely know in your mind what they are, but have yet to bring them to the visual surface as Post-it Notes on your bathroom mirror.

On the improvement side of life, my four words are: INSTAGRAM – BLOG – SHAPE – BEST

Next week!


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