In Ashtabula, Portman Continues Ohio’s North Coast Tour, Highlighting Lake Erie’s Importance to Ohio’s Economy

Portman Visits Ashtabula Port and Participate in Roundtable Discussion

August 9, 2019 | Press Releases

 ASHTABULA, OH— Today, U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) continued his north coast tour by visiting Ashtabula Port with the Growth Partnership to see the Petmin Project, a dedicated manufacturing facility for the production of nodular pig iron. Following the tour, Portman participated in a roundtable with the Army Corps, Staff from Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) and other stakeholders to discuss the environmental impacts of the Port. 

“Today, I had the opportunity to tour the Ashtabula Port and to see the Petmin Project site,” said Portman. “Following the tour, I had a great discussion with the Army Corps, staff from ODNR and other discussing the environmental impacts of the Port. As co-chair of the Senate Great Lakes Task Force, I will continue to lead the fight to protect our Great Lakes while ensuring that this treasure economically and environmentally beneficial.”   


It was an honor to have Senator Portman in Ashtabula County to share with him some of the exciting economic development projects we have going on here and to talk with him about the critical role that Lake Erie and our two wild and scenic rivers have on the overall health of our local and state economies,” said Greg Myers, Executive Director, Growth Partnership for Ashtabula County. 

Traveling nearly 700 miles, along Ohio’s north coast, Portman will see federally-funded research at Ohio State’s Stone Laboratory at Gibraltar Island, host a tourism roundtable in Sandusky, visit ports in Cleveland and Ashtabula to highlight economic development, and hold his annual fishing trip and conservation roundtable in Lake County.  

An independent voice for Ohio, Rob continues to be a leader in protecting our Great Lakes and the environment. As co-chair of the Senate Great Lakes Task Force, Portman has taken the lead in protecting Lake Erie from harmful algal blooms, invasive species, contamination, and microbeads. Portman recently introduced legislation to reauthorize the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative through FY2026, which is the largest investment in the Great Lakes’ water quality and ecosystem. He successfully led efforts to reauthorize the program through the end of FY2021 and has continuously fought to preserve funding for the program despite proposed cuts from both the Obama and Trump Administrations. In January 2019, President Trump signed Portman’s Harmful Algal Blooms and Hypoxia Research and Control Reauthorization Act, a primary source of federal funding for harmful algal bloom research, monitoring, and forecasting in the Great Lakes.

Photos from the event are below: