The Advanced Manufacturing Industry Partnership’s breakthrough this pas year wasn’t technological – instead, it’s focused on people.


Contact: Debby Combs, Director, Advanced Manufacturing Industry Partnership

(Cincinnati, June 14, 2019) Manufacturers from across the Tristate were honored at the 13th annual MANNY Awards, presented by Cincy Magazine, for achievements in five categories: Best Place to Work, New Product Development/Innovation, Job Creation, Biggest Breakthrough and Top Growth. The MANNY Awards celebrate manufacturing excellence in the Cincinnati Tristate. The 15 winners were celebrated at a dinner June 13th at JACK Casino.

The partnership, which is funded and led by Partners for a Competitive Workforce, was created to help local manufacturers address the skills gap, particularly with the next generation of workers.

Last year during October, the partnership reached out to current students with its “What’s So Cool About Manufacturing?” video contest – it reached 7,500 students, parents and teachers in the Tristate. Teams of middle school students were encouraged to create videos about manufacturing that were then voted on and viewed by other students.

In addition, more than 50 manufacturers hosted over 4,500 students during this month, giving them an exposure to manufacturing. According to the nomination form, these initiatives collectively impacted 11,500 parents, teachers and students in the region.

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The AMIP is funded and led by Partners for a Competitive Workforce, a strategic imitative of United Way of Greater Cincinnati. It also is affiliated with NAM (National Manufacturing Association), OMA (Ohio Manufacturing Association), the MI (Manufacturing Institute) and Dream it Do it OKI.  

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