In Dayton, Portman Participates in a Manufacturing and Workforce Roundtable with National Association of Manufacturers and Staub Manufacturing Solutions

February 20, 2019 | Press Releases

Discussion Focused on Tax Reform, Strengthening CTE Programs & Helping More Ohioans Get the Skills and Training They Need to Fill Good Jobs 

DAYTON, OH – Today, as part of the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) State of Manufacturing Tour 2019, U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) participated in a manufacturing and workforce roundtable discussion with the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM), Staub Manufacturing Solutions, and other interested stakeholders to discuss Career and Technical Education and how tax reform and regulatory relief are helping support Ohio businesses, families, and jobs. Staub Manufacturing Solutions is an industry-leading contract manufacturing company that provides production sheet-metal fabrication services, and NAM is the largest manufacturing association in the United States, representing small and large manufacturers in every industrial sector.

“We have a skills gap, and employers are struggling to find people with the skills that are needed for today’s in-demand jobs.  I had a productive discussion today with the leadership from Staub Manufacturing, the National Association of Manufacturers, and other local business leaders,” said Portman. I will continue my work on the federal level to make sure that Washington is an effective partner with local communities in providing Ohioans with the skills training they need to succeed.”

“I appreciate the support of Senator Portman in addressing these critical workforce issues. We can do much better than our current one-size-fits-all education system and the ineffective practice of pushing every student toward a standard four year degree,” said Steve Staub, Staub Manufacturing Solutions President. “We owe it to the next generation to help them discover and prepare for the many rewarding career opportunities that don’t require a degree and tens of thousands of dollars in college debt. Jobs in the manufacturing industry are a great example, with U.S. manufacturing workers now earning an average of $81,000 per year in salary and benefits.” 

“Staub Manufacturing is a great example of manufacturers keeping their promise to invest in their communities and their people with the tools from tax reform and regulatory certainty,” said Jay Timmons, NAM President and CEO. “We’re proud to spotlight them and have Sen. Portman, a steadfast manufacturing ally, join the tour. Manufacturing has always been the source of America’s strength—and today, we’re building the future. We’re rising to the occasion to solve real-world problems.” 

As co-chair of the Senate Career and Technical Education Caucus, Portman has led efforts in the Senate to strengthen CTE programs and help Ohioans find meaningful employment. Last July, the president signed Portman’s Educating Tomorrow’s Workforce Act, legislation he crafted with Senator Tim Kaine (D-VA) to allow states and localities to use Perkins grant funding to establish CTE-focused academies.  He has also worked on other measures to strengthen CTE programs, including the bipartisan CTE Excellence and Equity Act to support re-designing the high school experience to include courses more relevant to the 21st century workforce to better prepare students for future careers. His bipartisan JOBS Act would expand Pell Grant eligibility to cover high-quality and rigorous short-term job training programs so workers can afford the skills training and credentials they need for today’s job market. Lastly, the Creating Quality Technical Educators Act he has introduced would create a teacher residency grant program to help address the CTE teacher shortage in schools. 

Photos from the event are below: