In Leetonia, Portman Holds Town Hall Meeting with Pennex Employees

February 24, 2017 | Press Releases

Portman Discussed Efforts to Create Jobs, Fight Unfair Imports, & Other Issues With Workers at Pennex

LEETONIA, OH – U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) visited Pennex Aluminum Company in Leetonia, Ohio today to meet with company leadership, tour their facilities, and hold a town hall with its employees. Portman met with many Ohio aluminum manufacturing workers whose jobs he has been working hard to protect.

“It was a privilege for me to have a town hall meeting with these Ohio workers today about the issues they are concerned about, like jobs, the rising cost of living and the threat of unfair imports,” Portman said. “Unfortunately, aluminum manufacturers like Pennex have been hit from all sides by dishonest trade practices like illegal dumping by China. Ohio workers like these are the reason why I authored the Leveling the Playing Field Act, helped pass the ENFORCE Act, and have advocated for Ohioans in dozens of trade cases. I’m going to keep advocating for these highly skilled workers and I’m going to keep working to ensure that they have the level playing field they deserve.”

NOTE: Portman has worked to help Ohio manufacturers win trade enforcement cases to support our workers and ensure that foreign competitors are playing by the rules.  In early January, former U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) Michael Froman launched a World Trade Organization (WTO) case, at the urging of Senator Portman, against China to address aluminum overcapacity, which hurts American manufacturers and their workers. Portman is also the author of the ENFORCE Act and the Leveling the Playing Field Act, legislation that is already paying dividends for Ohio’s steelworkers.

Following are photos of today’s event: