Tuesday, September 19, 2017

A Voinovich Lesson

Speaking with a gathering of young professionals recently, I quoted from a book written by the late George Voinovich, former Ohio U.S. Senator and Governor, with an eye on lessons.

I had three reasons to quote George Voinovich.  For one, he truly was a guru on public-private partnerships and the book hits home with real life lessons from his native Cleveland.  He also had an affinity for the Aerospace Center as it was an Air Force Base that closed during his gubernatorial term.  Thirdly, I worked for him for the better part of seven years and learned a lot of personal lessons from him.

I copied two conclusion pages below.  For the young professional audience, the message was to strengthen your bench.  He wrote, "Pass your hard-learned lessons on to the next generations."

The Voinovich lesson gave the reason, succinctly, that I was telling this group about the Port Authority public-private partnership story from a historical- and future-looking point of view.

Thanks, Governor.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Watching Three Trends

I'm speaking to the Licking County Board of Realtors today.

It's short remarks.  Short remarks are harder to give then long ones.

I'm talking about the "New American Heartland" and three trends influencing the work of the Port Authority.  Here are those points and links to the things I'll be talking about.

1. The U.S. is poised to grow it's share of GDP against it's GDP competitors.  This chart tells the story.

2. The Midwest is poised to grow it's GDP share and outpace the rest of the U.S.  I'll reference the publication that came out in May, "The New American Heartland: Renewing the Middle Class by Revitalizing Middle America."

3. Ohio's manufacturing and suburbs consistently lead Ohio growth.  I'll reference my own analysis of Site Selection magazine results and the Ohio Manufacturers Associations recent report, "2017 Ohio Manufacturing Counts."

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Manufacturers, Hidden Among Us

In Licking County, we are pleased to have Boeing making navigation devices and antennae.  We're glad Amazon is here with data and distribution.  We are fortunate to see Bath and Body Works' suppliers making bath and body works.  Nothing, though, beats the local manufacturers among us when it comes to providing a stable, economic base of jobs.

I was reminded of that today by a speaker at our Newark Rotary Club's Tuesday program.

Peter Larson, CEO of Klarity Medical Products, was the speaker.

Peter is familiar to Newark Rotarians because he's a member.  He also plays the piano and leads the song portion of our program every week.  His visible role in our community's music scene makes Peter a well-known person around town.

It was his day job that was the topic though.  And, for that, he is hidden among us.

Klarity has a 28-year history that began in Peter's garage.  It's grown the business in Newark designing, distributing, and making medical products primary in the radiation therapy and occupational therapy arenas.  His products are specialty plastics that take the form, literally, of the consumer.  A mask that is shaped to perfectly fit a person's head is a must for targeted therapies.  A pillow that holds one's head in place aids to comfort and results.

Klarity is international and exports 50% of its products to nearly every continent yet they are locally-rooted. Their design shop for product development is here.  Their engineers are here.  Their supply chain integration is here.   Their manufacturing is here.

Klarity also proves my long-standing view that innovation knows no population density.  They deploy 3D printing to make low-rate production of components.  Technology has made Klarity an even more stable supplier of jobs, locally.

Peter's company is one more example of manufacturers, hidden among us.