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Survey helps manufacturers place workers according to skill level PDF Print E-mail
Written by Delphos   
Thursday, September 04, 2014 10:36 AM


Business Journal Writer


In 2013, the West Central Ohio Manufacturing Consortium (WCOMC) - including Rhodes State College and the Northwest Ohio Manufacturing Extension Partnership - conducted a regional survey of manufacturers, which gave a snapshot of manufacturers’ skill and education requirements, skill gaps and hiring projections.

The survey included 52 companies representing 56 facilities in 12 counties of West Central Ohio. The manufacturers employ over 18,000 and combine for $11 billion in annual sales.

The survey identified detailed skill sets, educational requirements and employment needs for replacement and incumbent workers and consisted of 154 questions on skills and education requirements that were needed within the industry as it prepares a competent workforce.

The 2013 Survey found problems at the Basic skill level including the “soft” skills of punctuality, completing tasks on time, following directions and procedures and internal written and verbal communications.

Problems in Computerized Numeric Control (CNC) and Programable Logic Control (PLC) interfacing and programming; evaluating and managing personnel; working with word processing, spreadsheet, database software; team leadership; and the facilitation of team meetings appeared in the Intermediate skill level.

At the Advanced skill level, the survey indicated issues with external verbal and written communication; maintaining buget control; performing cost-benefit analysis; diagnosing malfunctions; troubleshooting and repairing equipment; computer networking and programming.

Specific findings of the 2013 survey included:

• The percentage of Advanced skilled workers increased from 17 percent in 2007 to 21 percent in 2013;

• The percentage of Basic skilled workers in the 2004 survey (50 percent) were much lower than in 2007 (64 percent) and 2013 (63 percent); · Average starting wage at Basic skill level is $1 per hour higher than in 2007, but the average wage declined from 2007 by 50 cents per hour;

• Largest increase in number of skills “preferred” or “required” were reported at Basic level;

• Percentage of manufacturers planning to hire increased in all three skill levels and the total number of projected hirings were lower than in 2007, and;

• Difficulty in finding Basic skilled workers showed largest increase among manufacturers surveyed; and

• Percentage of interest in co-ops and internships doubled from 2007 survey.

The 2009 survey focused on developing a skilled workforce specifically for process operations.

In 2007, the survey indicated Basic, Intermediate and Advanced skill levels were trending and the challenge for manufacturers was to continue promoting future workers up a career pathway.

Survey results in 2004 showed that manufacturers in the region needed to employ workers with high-technology skills who were able to work in an advanced manufacturing environment in order to compete nationally and globally.

Cotterman & Company to Celebrate 35th Anniversary PDF Print E-mail
Written by Delphos   
Friday, March 29, 2013 12:41 PM

In the year 2013 Cotterman & Company will celebrate its 35th anniversary of roofing excellence.
Cotterman & Company has been a pioneer in the commercial roofing industry since 1978. Family-owned and operated for two generations, the company installed and warranted more than 30,000,000 square feet of roofing.

In the early years, the company had employed just a hand full of employees and serviced the Shelby/Auglaize County region. Currently, they have over 75 employees servicing the entire state of Ohio as well as eastern Indiana. The majority of their projects are located between Findlay, Dayton, and Columbus corridor.
The second generation Andy and Mike Cotterman acquired full ownership in 2009 from Max R. Cotterman, their father and founder. The company has continued substantial growth since the transaction. “We continue to operate under the core principles Max practiced. I believe this directly impacts our quality level of installations, which has lead to our success in the roofing industry. In addition to that, the hard work and dedication of the individual team members culminates, creating a winning recipe,” says Mike Cotterman. 

Credit Managers’ Index Rebounds to December’s Level of 54.9 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Delphos   
Friday, March 29, 2013 12:40 PM

The National Association of Credit Management’s economic report for February 2013 depicts a stalled economy. Political and economic concerns appear to weigh more heavily on the manufacturing sector, while data from the service sector shows progress.

Columbia, Maryland: February 28, 2013—The National Association of Credit Management’s (NACM’s) Credit Managers’ Index (CMI) for February is exactly the same as it was in December—54.9. This is just slightly better than it was in January when the index fell to 54.6.

For all intents and purposes, the readings suggest that the economy has stalled. The interesting movements are in the individual factors where there is actually some better news overall. The favorable factor index is up to just below where it was in November, at 59. This is a slight improvement from January, and the gains occurred in important factors.??Sales jumped, taking the reading back to last year’s levels.

Findlay’s Tall Timbers Distribution Center Incoporated expands into Middletown PDF Print E-mail
Written by Delphos   
Friday, March 29, 2013 12:39 PM

Findlay’s Tall Timbers Distribution Center Incorporated (FTTDC) has contracted with an industry leading metal food and beverage container manufacturer with several locations around the country. In an announcement today by Charles Bills, president of Findlay’s Tall Timbers Distribution Center Inc., and affiliates, Bills said “This facility, located at 1225 Logistics Way, Middletown Ohio will enable us to service our customers in the greater Cincinnati area.”

James Zuehlke is the Manager of the facility, and the telephone number is (513)-539-7001.

FTTDC is headquartered in Findlay, Ohio, and is one of the largest privately held logistics companies in the Midwest. It provides innovative warehousing, distribution, and transportation services.

FTTDC operates approximately 6.5 million square feet of warehouse space in 24 locations in Ohio, Indiana, Pennsylvania, New York, Wisconsin, Kentucky and Georgia.
FTTDC also operates Foreign Trade Zone #151 in Findlay, Ohio and Foreign Trade Zone #29 site 10 in Louisville, Kentucky.  The Transportation Group operates its own fleet of trucks, Doing Business As Ohio Logistics Transportation. The Documents Storage Company has a major warehouse in Findlay and delivers the most complete records management and document destruction services in its marketing area.

For more information, visit the web site at

Construction materials prices increase 1.3 percent in February PDF Print E-mail
Written by Delphos   
Friday, March 29, 2013 12:38 PM

“Leading nonresidential construction indicators generally have turned positive and the associated increase in demand for materials appears to be driving prices higher.” —ABC Chief Economist Anirban Basu.
The nation’s construction material prices rose 1.3 percent in February—marking the sharpest increase in 22 months, according to the March 14 Producer Price Index (PPI) report by the U.S. Department of Labor. Overall, construction materials prices remain 2 percent higher than one year ago. Nonresidential construction materials prices rose 1.4 percent last month, and are up 1 percent on a year-over-year basis.

Softwood lumber prices increased 2 percent last month and are up 27 percent compared to February 2012. Prices of concrete products rose 0.4 percent in February and are up 2.3 percent from one year ago. Plumbing fixtures and fitting prices were up 0.3 percent last month and are 1.7 percent higher than the same time last year. Prepared asphalt, tar roofing and siding product prices fell 1.5 percent, though prices remained 7.2 percent higher than a year ago.

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