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Ohio Advances Polymer Industry Workforce Training

National Science Foundation funds nearly $1 million for the program aimed at developing the state’s workforce training and supporting industry innovation.

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Ohio is expanding its global reach in the polymer industry through a new program aimed at further developing the state's workforce training programs.

The state will also invest in state-of-the-art computing portals that will increase productivity and accelerate product development for Ohio businesses.

According to the Ohio Business Development Coalition, the nonprofit organization that markets the state for capital investment, the project will provide students with essential job skills and allow businesses to better compete in a 21st century global marketplace.

The development program is funded through a National Science Foundation grant of nearly $1 million awarded to the Ohio Supercomputer Center, the Ohio State University, the University of Akron and the Ohio Learning Network.

The polymer industry in Ohio includes more than 2,800 facilities and 140,000 workers. It generates $49 billion in annual sales revenue and pays its workers $5.6 billion in wages. More than 200 Ohio companies produce equipment for the polymer industry.

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