Ohio Puts On an Epic Display and Builds Relationships at Hannover Messe
Glenn Richardson, Managing Director, Advanced Manufacturing and Aerospace & Aviation
When selling Ohio to global companies, I love to start off with the state’s strategic location and infrastructure. Those assets paid off once again at Hannover Messe 2016, the largest manufacturing trade show in the world. Just minutes after the kickoff event, Germany Chancellor Merkel and U.S. President Obama walked straight to the Ohio booth to put the world’s spotlight on Ohio. Rick Pollack, founder and CEO of MakerGear located near Cleveland, talked about additive manufacturing and demonstrated his company’s desktop 3D printer with Ohio Lieutenant Governor Mary Taylor by his side.
We knew this was the beginning of a great show for Ohio, and we were right. The non-stop traffic through the Ohio booth at the Messe did not happen by accident, but instead from months of hard work to prepare for the largest industrial manufacturing show of its kind in the world.
With the United States as the official partner country, it was a unique opportunity to tell Ohio’s story as well as share our well-established relationships with companies from Germany and other major economies. The JobsOhio team joined more than 100 Ohioans to showcase the innovation, business climate, and talent that Ohio offers the world in Advanced Manufacturing and materials.
Representatives from the JobsOhio Regional Network attended, local economic development officials, along with top researchers and engineers from the University of Cincinnati, University of Toledo, and The Ohio State University. The academic teams met with attendees to help showcase the state's education and talent infrastructure.
During the week-long event, Lieutenant Governor Taylor seized the opportunity to meet with international dignitaries, as well as global and industry media representatives to share the Ohio story. JobsOhio and our partners held around 150 meetings with company executives that resulted in nearly a dozen potential projects and numerous leads for future business and job creation opportunities. Here are some facts we shared in those meetings.
- Germany is Ohio’s largest European investor with more than 500 German companies operating in Ohio, employing more than 25,000 people.
- Ohio is a global investment destination with 3,818 international establishments owned by over 1,000 foreign operating companies from 47 countries (DSA).
- Ohio has a workforce of nearly 6 million and the third largest manufacturing employee base in the U.S.
- More than 200 higher education institutions, graduating more than 167,000 students annually to provides a constant supply of educated workers.
Now that we have returned to Ohio, our job is not done. We will continue to build new relationships, nurture existing ones, review projects, and work to bring those projects to fruition to create jobs and capital investment for Ohio.
For me, Hannover Messe helped reinforce the importance of having a strong presence at premiere events like this to tell the great Ohio story: If your business is looking to expand and grow in the U.S, you need to located in Ohio.