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Sheehy cheers state investment in local manufacturing, agribusiness

Over $500,000 allocated to Toledo's Center for Innovative Food Technology
June 13, 2017
Michael Sheehy News

State Rep. Michael P. Sheehy (D-Oregon) today applauded the release of $536,347 in state funds to the Center for Innovative Food Technology (CIFT) to develop medical devices with the use of 3-D printing and to offer business and technical assistance to small and medium-sized manufacturers in Northwest Ohio. 

“I am thrilled to see state funds come home to Northwest Ohio to help create new, innovative manufacturing jobs and opportunities in our community,” said Sheehy. “The exciting work done by the Center for Innovative Food Technology makes our communities healthier and our businesses more successful and sustainable.” 

CIFT was allocated $236,347 through Ohio’s Advanced Manufacturing Program, which will allow the nonprofit group to lead a team of Ohio manufacturers in the development of 3-D printed medical devices, including foot orthotics and prosthetics. 

CIFT, the Ohio Manufacturing Extension Program’s (MEP) Northwest Ohio affiliate, also received $300,000 to provide specialized assistance to manufacturers across 19 counties in Northwest Ohio as part of the MEP program. Specifically, CIFT will offer their expertise in agricultural product development and food processing to Northwest Ohio businesses. 

The Toledo-based organization has pledged to match the state funds, bringing total investment in its programs and manufacturing partnerships to over $1 million.