Navigation Links
Ohio Pioneers the Creation of a New 21st Century Industry

Ohio task force aims to build business through conversion of agricultural

products into advanced materials

COLUMBUS, Ohio, Feb. 12 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Ohio legislature has approved the creation of a task force aimed at accelerating the state business climate by maximizing ties between its No. 1 industry, agriculture, and its role as the nation's No. 1 polymer industry.

(Logo: )

The state will appoint the 13 members of the Ohio Agriculture to Chemicals, Polymers, and Advanced Materials Task Force as early as Feb. 14, the effective date of the legislation approving the initiative. The approval of House Bill 233 is the latest example of the state's support of its burgeoning polymer and advanced materials industry, which boasts more than 2,800 businesses statewide.

"Ohio has the supply chain to make this one-time dream tomorrow's reality," said Lt. Gov. Lee Fisher, who also serves as the director of the Ohio Department of Development. "The Task Force can only strengthen existing synergies in polymer industry uses of agricultural products, and will help define a path to streamline future collaboration converting crops from Ohio fields into brand-new commodities produced in Ohio factories."

According to the Ohio Business Development Coalition (OBDC), the nonprofit organization that markets the state for capital investment, an official Ohio task force is the most effective way to build on the state's existing strengths in several key industries, identify opportunities for cross- collaboration among those industries and drive innovation.

"Biofuels, biopolymers, and other bioproducts are a growing sector, but we've just been scratching the surface with what we can do," added Robert Boggs, director of the Ohio Department of Agriculture. "Now is the time to seize Ohio's unique opportunity to become a world leader in the conversion of agricultural commodities into the bio-based products of the future."

Innovation in the polymer industry is driven by the state's Third Frontier program, a $1.6 billion initiative to help catalyze connections between companies and academia to support the development process. This sharing of knowledge often results in unexpected solutions with commercial application.

In addition to several state-supported programs specifically designed to encourage entrepreneurial business growth and development, Ohio companies also gain access to a highly skilled workforce and enjoy a culture of collaboration among government, industry and academia, that is a driving force in the state's leading role in polymers.

The Ohio Agriculture to Chemicals, Polymers, and Advanced Materials Task Force will by mid-June report to the Ohio legislature and governor:

-- The current status of Ohio's agriculture and specialty chemicals and

polymer industries.

-- Potential alignments between the agricultural and specialty chemicals

and polymer industries.

-- Strategies to expand the agriculture industry and specialty chemicals

and polymer industry in Ohio and to increase alignment between the two


"Simply put, H.B. 233 will help bring together a diverse group of industries that are all individually vital to Ohio's future in agriculture, manufacturing and polymer production," said state Rep. Steve Reinhard (R- Bucyrus), who sponsored H.B. 233."

As Ohio continues its focus building up 21st-century industries, the visionary leaders of polymer-related businesses are not only reaping the benefits of the state's business-friendly environment, but also experiencing the high quality of life accessible statewide.

"Business leaders are realizing how, in Ohio, they're able to find a perfect balance between successfully growing a business and still enjoying life," said Ed Burghard, executive director of the Ohio Business Development Coalition (OBDC). "Business owners profit from the bottom-line benefits of better work:life balance for their employees. Ohio offers low-cost, low stress communities in a combination of micropolitan and metropolitan cities. This diversity provides executives and employees the resources and time to make any ambition achievable. Ohio truly is the state of perfect balance."

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.

About the Ohio Business Development Coalition

The Ohio Business Development Coalition (OBDC) is a nonprofit organization that markets the state for capital investment. The OBDC provides marketing strategy and implementation to support Ohio's economic development efforts. For more information on business development or business relocation, visit

For more information about Ohio's polymer industry, visit

SOURCE Ohio Business Development Coalition
Copyright©2008 PR Newswire.
All rights reserved

Related biology technology :

1. The World Economic Forum Announces Technology Pioneers 2008
2. The World Economic Forum Announces Technology Pioneers 2008: Mondobiotech Selected
3. Remergent(R) Announces the Launch of Four New Products Pioneers of DNA Repair Expand Anti-Aging Line
4. The Government of Quebec and the New Canadian Government Invest in the Creation of an International Biobank
5. Collaboration Sparks Creation of New Grand Rapids Laboratory Focused on Womens Health
6. NeurogesX to Present at BioCenturys NewsMakers in the Biotech Industry Conference
7. Neurocrine Biosciences to Present at the BioCentury: Newsmakers in the Biotech Industry Conference
8. BioMarin to Present at the BioCentury NewsMakers Conference
9. Anesiva to Present at BioCenturys NewsMakers in the Biotech Industry Conference on September 6, 2007
10. BioCryst to Present at the BioCentury NewsMakers in the Biotech Industry Conference
11. Amylin Pharmaceuticals to Present at BioCentury NewsMakers Conference, Thomas Weisel Healthcare Conference and Bear Stearns Healthcare Conference
Post Your Comments:
(Date:11/26/2015)... 26, 2015 --> ... in imaging technologies, announced today that it has received a ... the Horizon 2020 European Union Framework Programme for Research and ... trial in breast cancer. , --> ... --> --> The study aims to ...
(Date:11/25/2015)... , November 26, 2015 ... Global Biobanking Market 2016 - 2020 report analyzes ... maintaining integrity and quality in long-term samples, minimizing ... long-term cost-effectiveness. Automation minimizes manual errors such as ... technical efficiency. Further, it plays a vital role ...
(Date:11/25/2015)... , Nov. 25, 2015  PharmAthene, Inc. (NYSE ... has adopted a stockholder rights plan (Rights Plan) in ... operating loss carryforwards (NOLs) under Section 382 of the ... --> PharmAthene,s use of its NOLs could ... change" as defined in Section 382 of the Code. ...
(Date:11/25/2015)... , November 25, 2015 2 nouvelles ... fois les différences entre les souches bactériennes retrouvées ... des êtres humains . Ces recherches  ouvrent ... envisager la prise en charge efficace de l,un ... chez les chats .    --> 2 ...
Breaking Biology Technology:
(Date:11/26/2015)... Research and Markets ( ) has announced the ... and Patent Infringement Risk Analysis" report to their ... Fingerprint sensors using capacitive technology represent a fast ... Idex forecasts an increase of 360% of the number ... the fingerprint sensor market between 2014 and 2017 (source ...
(Date:11/20/2015)... Connecticut , November 20, 2015 ... authentication company focused on the growing mobile commerce market ... CEO, Gino Pereira , was recently interviewed on ... interview will air on this weekend on Bloomberg ... Latin America . --> NXTD ) ("NXT-ID" ...
(Date:11/19/2015)... , Nov. 19, 2015  Based on its in-depth ... Sullivan recognizes BIO-key with the 2015 Global Frost & ... Frost & Sullivan presents this award to the company ... to the needs of the market it serves. The ... meets and expands on customer base demands, the overall ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):