CLEVELAND, OH —To celebrate National Manufacturing Day, U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) on Friday launched a multi-stop tour of Ohio, meeting with Ohio manufacturers, as well as business and community leaders, to promote the importance of Ohio manufacturing.
“Today’s Ohio factories aren’t rusty – they’re innovative and high-tech, and will provide the good-paying, high-skilled jobs of the future,” said Brown. “Manufacturing has the strongest multiplier effect of any industry – for every $1 we invest in manufacturing, we add an additional $1.48 to our economy. In an era where hard work doesn’t pay off like it used to for so many workers, investing in good-paying manufacturing jobs is more critical than ever.”
Brown started his Manufacturing Day tour in Canfield with a visit and roundtable discussion at the Cutting Edge Manufacturing Event. He then hosted roundtable discussions in Guernsey and Muskingum Counties with manufacturers and community leaders on how best to continue Ohio’s strong tradition of manufacturing and innovation.
Brown is a vocal proponent of Ohio manufacturing. Some of Brown’s efforts to champion Ohio manufactures and workers include:
- Summer Manufacturing Camps
For the fifth straight year, Brown’s office teamed up with local manufacturers to organize summer manufacturing camps to help young Ohioans learn about manufacturing. This year, Brown’s office helped organize 18 camps in 16 of Ohio’s counties. Campers visit local manufacturers, tour plants, and work with their peers on hands-on projects specific to their communities. The camps are open to boys and girls. The ages or grades for each camp are determined by local organizers.
- Seeking Better Trade Deals for Ohio workers
Brown has offered to work with President Trump to broker better trade deals that will boost Ohio’s manufacturing sector. In May, Brown outlined a four-point strategy for renegotiations of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) that would secure the best deal for American workers.
- Leading Legislation to Support American Manufacturing
Brown authored the Revitalizing American Manufacturing and Innovation (RAMI) Act, which was signed into law in December 2014. The bill created a National Network of Manufacturing Innovation made up of advanced manufacturing hubs to bring together industry, universities and community colleges, federal agencies, and all levels of government to leverage resources and spur innovation.
In March, Brown unveiled a plan to make hard work pay off for Ohioans. For more than a year, Brown and his office studied the challenges facing workers in Ohio and across the country and compiled a comprehensive agenda of solutions. Brown has introduced legislation to implement his plan, and this week, he launched a new podcast, “Canarycast,” which features discussions moderated by Brown on how to restore the value of work in America.