Tim Krueger testifies before Manufacturing Task Force

- December 11, 2012

For immediate release
Contact: Tim Krueger, 216.361.9801
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Ohio House hearing scheduled for 6 p.m. at Statehouse

Ohio policymakers should take steps to encourage and strengthen manufacturing clusters in the state, increasing Ohio’s global competitiveness and making it a more desirable location for manufacturers, according to Tim Krueger, research assistant for Policy Matters Ohio.

Such clusters – areas of dense, specialized manufacturing – lead to innovation because they foster professional networks, shorten supply chains, and increase productivity, according to Krueger, who has prepared testimony to be delivered today to the 21st Century Manufacturing Task Force of the Ohio House of Representatives.

“Ohio’s regionally diverse manufacturing centers won’t benefit from a one-size-fits-all approach,” said Krueger. “State policymakers can craft an approach that builds on Ohio’s strength in industries including auto, aerospace, chemicals and metals, and helps them build new high-tech capacity.”

Krueger’s testimony is drawn from research carried out by a team of researchers directed by Susan Helper of Case Western University. Over a 14-month period, Krueger and other team members collected data through interviews, plant tours, trade association meetings, and five extensive surveys that reached 1,400 firms, making the study the most comprehensive look at automotive supply chains in more than a decade. The data were used to write reports for the U.S. Department of Labor, CWRU, and the Brookings Institution.

“One important lesson of this research is that the state should not spend money on individual firms, but rather should focus on self-organized clusters of firms that span multiple levels of a supply chain,” Krueger said. “The state cannot address most barriers to greater efficiency, productivity, innovation, and technological advancement by throwing money at individual firms.” 

The taskforce hearing is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. today in Ohio Statehouse room 114. Krueger’s testimony is available at www.policymattersohio.org/manufacturing-dec2012


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with offices in Cleveland and Columbus.


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