About COMP


August 2017: Representatives from the Central Ohio Manufacturing Partnership (COMP) founding companies discussed shared challenges and the need for a public-private partnership to create mutually beneficial solutions.

  • There is a continuing shortage of qualified job applicants for manufacturing positions in central Ohio
  • This situation is not new and they see no resolution on a going forward basis
  • As single entities, most manufacturers do not have the financial resources, staff, or time to adequately train and fill their open positions as urgently as they need them
  • There doesn’t appear to be any active external initiatives to develop a comprehensive, holistic, and sustainable long-term solution to manufacturing’s skilled labor issue.

September 3, 2019: Central Ohio Manufacturing Partnership was incorporated and is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization


The Central Ohio Manufacturing Partnership (COMP) is a manufacturing-led Industry Sector Partnership that was created to solve the common workforce training, retention and recruitment challenges of its participating member manufacturers. COMP is led by employers, focused on manufacturing, is regional, and is convened by a neutral intermediary.

COMP Mission: To create a connected system to supply manufacturers with qualified talent.

COMP Vision: Having established alliances with identified groups engaged and at the table in partnership, increasing the number of qualified applicants available to manufacturers in the central-Ohio region.


COMP provides a network for Central Ohio manufacturers to identify common needs and problem-solve with their partners, sharing ideas and resources to develop a skilled workforce.

Through COMP, manufacturers within the central Ohio labor market work together to:

  • Identify and collectively address their common workforce issues, challenges and opportunities;
  • Address current and emerging skill gaps, both short- and long-term;
  • Engage directly across traditional boundaries;
  • Align the programs, education/training curriculum and other resources of the suppliers who serve them and their workforces;
  • Communicate industry priorities to policymakers and workforce development partners so that they can design responsive solutions.


COMP today includes many local manufacturers who are collaborating with our education and workforce partners to find solutions to grow the Central Ohio economy.


COMP covers a 12 county region that includes: Delaware, Fairfield, Franklin, Knox, Licking, Logan, Madison,  Marion, Morrow, Perry,  Pickaway, Union


COMP is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and can accept donations.