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Ohio Governor Awards Grant for RFID Training

Ohio Governor Bob Taft presented a $63,000 check from the Ohio Department of Development’s Ohio Investment in Training Program to The Kennedy Group. The grant will be used to train Kennedy Group employees on new RFID equipment and solutions. Taft presented the check in conjunction with the opening of the Kennedy Group’s RFID testing facility on the grounds of its 30-acre campus in the Cleveland suburb of Willoughby, Ohio. The Kennedy Group’s state-of-the-art Customer Solution Center is fully equipped to help companies meet stringent EPC-compliance requirements established by the largest retailers, Department of Defense and FDA for tagging products at the case and pallet levels.

Taft recognized The Kennedy Group as a leading example of Ohio’s Third Frontier Project. “This initiative is designed to assist and promote the state’s expanding high-tech research capabilities, promote start-up companies and create high-paying jobs for Ohio’s future. It also helps Ohio companies create and develop innovative new products and services," said Taft.

The Kennedy Group's 7,000-square-foot Customer Solution Center is designed to test an array of technology neutral (900 MHz and 13.56 MHz) smart labels and tags, readers, printers and printer applicators under actual working conditions. This helps customers determine their required frequencies along with the type of antenna necessary to read the customers’ smart label. In addition, the center provides customers with third-party verification for those mandated to meet EPC compliance. After testing is complete at the center, The Kennedy Group then tests systems at its customers’ facilities to further ensure accuracy and quality.

For more information on RFID products from The Kennedy Group, call 440-951-7660 or visit

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