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Rep. Sheehy: State to support competitiveness of small, mid-size manufacturers

Assistance will help boost productivity, growth of local businesses
November 23, 2015
Michael Sheehy News

State Rep. Michael Sheehy (D-Oregon) today announced the release of $570,000 in state funding will be awarded to the Center for Innovative Food Technology (CIFT) to aid in the advancement of the Ohio Manufacturing Extension Partnership services project.

“CIFT has helped to advance the food processing and agribusiness sectors throughout the Toledo area for nearly 20 years,” said Sheehy. “These funds will allow local agricultural businesses to continue to expand their forward-thinking technologies and business approaches while creating more jobs within the industry.”

The Manufacturing Extension Partnership Program supports Ohio's small and medium-sized manufacturing industries by providing the products, services, and assistance that are dedicated to the productivity, growth, and global competitiveness of Ohio’s smaller manufacturers. The program includes six regional service centers throughout the state and serves as one-stop-shops for information regarding technical and business assistance.

CIFT, the regional service partner for the northwestern Ohio region, requested the funds to be used as support for the company’s continuous improvement services through innovative engineering services from new product development, export and other activities to expand market share.