LIMA – Local businesses gathered on Friday morning at the Lima Civic Center for Great American Sunrise. At this event, local business owners asked questions about the supply chain issues facing the manufacturing and logistics sectors and why Ohio is better suited for a return. than other states in the country. ..

Scott Cockerell, vice president of Wannemacher Total Logistics, highlighted the challenges of running a supply chain business during a pandemic. He considered the company capable of growing in a team of dedicated employees.

“I am facing a situation where I cannot get the product here. I can’t find the bottle, I can’t find the component, I can’t find the packaging. It’s absolutely crazy, “he said.” Wannemacher hasn’t missed the shipment date by a day throughout the COVID pandemic. This is due to the wonderful team we have put together. .

Sign Solutions, Ohio owner Mike Powell, said the problem spread to the top of the supply chain, with some companies offering products to companies like him.

“They are struggling to fill the pipeline in the different areas that they do,” he said. “They are the same, they are facing raw material issues to make materials or labor.”

Pandemics are straining supply chains around the world and there are no signs of immediate mitigation, but Ohio may be able to recover faster than other states.

According to Kevin Chambers, general manager of logistics at Jobs Ohio, the state is powerful with its extensive interstate highway system, extensive rail and air network, and the presence of the Midwest’s largest foreign trade zone. He has the tools to make his comeback.

“Ohio has a very solid logistics infrastructure,” he said. “I think we’re coping well with these issues, and we’ll see things go in the right direction. “

The Chamber of Commerce also stressed the importance of continuing to make the state an e-commerce hub across the country. The growing demand for online shopping is also creating new challenges for the supply chain industry.

“Ohio has not only been fortunate to have a huge e-commerce organization, but has also seen strong growth in employment and regional distribution centers, and there are many national distribution centers in Ohio. . There is, ”he said. .. “With our great railroads, highways and great work ethic in the Midwest, they feel very beneficial. It’s great to see this trend.

Scott Cockerell of Wannemacher Logistics spoke to a Lima-Allen County Chamber of Commerce company about a supply chain problem caused by a pandemic and a shortage of jobs.

Mike Powell of Sign Solutions, Ohio, explained how his company continues to face production delays due to global supply chain issues.

Contact Trevor Hubert at 567-242-0398

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