Ohio is home to two of the nation’s 104 operable commercial nuclear reactors. While the region has some notable players in the nuclear industry including, Babcock & Wilcox in Barberton, many of Ohio’s traditional products (castings, forgings, extrusion and large fabrications) are current “pinch points” in the nuclear supply chain. With many companies in these industries looking for new markets to serve, Ohio has an opportunity to increase participation in the nuclear energy supply chain.
Energy Industries of Ohio (EIO) is working to identify and expand the Ohio supply chain for the nuclear industry. EIO’s efforts include the establishment of a database depicting Ohio’s current capabilities, identification of resources to transform Ohio’s industrial capability and collaboration with both national laboratories, state universities and several community colleges to develop worker certification training programs.
Edison Welding Institute (EWI), headquartered in Columbus, Ohio, is a leading engineering and technology organization dedicated to materials joining and allied technologies and has the most extensive joining expertise in the western hemisphere. The Nuclear Fabrication Consortium (NFC) was established by EWI as a collaborative effort between the nuclear industry’s utilities, OEMs, system manufacturers, and component suppliers. The NFC is working on a national project to reconstitute the fabrication supply base and to identify and support collaborative manufacturing technology development efforts.
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