The Northeast Ohio Region Advances Efforts to Compete for EV Mobility Supply Chain

Conference gives manufacturers actionable insights on opportunities

Today, approximately 350 manufacturers and solution providers gathered at Kent State University for the Manufacturing for Electronic Vehicle (EV) Conference, presented by the Smart Manufacturing Cluster of Northeast Ohio, facilitated by Team NEO. The conference, done in partnership with BRITEJobsOhioMAGNETJumpStartKent State UniversityManufacturing Works, the Ohio Aerospace Institute, Team NEO, and the Youngstown Business Incubator, included discussions facilitated by leading manufacturers and industry experts around how companies can engage in opportunities and with resources in the $400 billion EV supply chain.

“Electronic Vehicles are the future of transportation, whether on the ground or in the air, and the Northeast Ohio Region – with its end-to-end supply chain, proximity to key markets, more than 30,000 workers in the transportation manufacturing sector, and multimillion-dollar workforce training initiatives – is in a unique position to capitalize on this opportunity,” said Team NEO’s Chief Executive Officer Bill Koehler. “With the region’s Manufacturing Blueprint and its Make It Better campaign, our region is well equipped to be a leader in smart manufacturing and  the EV supply chain boom.”

The conference featured presentations on the current and future state of EV adoption, how Ohio is leaning in to take advantage of the EV movement and a series of success stories from Ohio manufacturers that are pivoting to compete in the supply chain. It also offered panel discussions addressing the required supply chain, the charging infrastructure, lightweighting and power management. The Smart Manufacturing Cluster of Northeast Ohio is committed to advancing the competitiveness of the region’s manufacturing community. The cluster will continue to offer a variety of programs, events, and tools to help manufacturers succeed and adapt to new technologies.

Smart Manufacturing Cluster of Northeast Ohio

The Smart Manufacturing Cluster of Northeast Ohio accelerates the growth and competitiveness of the Northeast Ohio economy through smart manufacturing implementation and innovation that leverages the region’s rich manufacturing heritage, unique assets, and talented workforce. We lead the development of innovation roadmaps and serve as the platform for the regional Manufacturing Blueprint to accelerate adoption and maximize the value of technology. We connect knowledge, experience, tools, and networks with manufacturers to generate demand, increase productivity, spur product innovation, and develop talent and resources necessary to drive technology implementation and innovation. To learn more, visit