In Morgan County, Portman Continues His Three-Day Tour Across Southern & Southeast Ohio at Finley Fire Equipment


Three-Day Tour to Span 12 Counties, More Than 750 Miles Highlighting Workforce Development, Tax Reform, Energy Production, Agriculture, and How Ohio Small Businesses are Helping Secure Our Borders


August 15, 2019 | Press Releases

MCCONNELSVILLE, OH – Today, U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) continued his three-day tour across Southern and Southeast Ohio by touring Finley Fire Equipment and meeting with company leaders to discuss the benefits of tax reform, including an employee pay raise given by the company.

Traveling more than 750 miles over three days in Southern and Southeast Ohio, Portman will participate in workforce development roundtables touting his JOBS Act, see an oil production facility, tour several Ohio small businesses which manufacture technology being used to help secure our southern border, and participate in agricultural tours.

“I had a productive discussion today with the leadership from Finley Fire Equipment on the economy, tax reform, skills training and many other issues,” said Portman. “Providing tax relief for middle-class families and reforming our business tax code to create more jobs and higher wages was long overdue, and I was proud to play a significant role in helping craft this law. I’m pleased that we’re continuing to see a positive response as employers like Finley Fire continue to invest more in their businesses and their communities. This investment isn’t just important for the company and the workers it employs, but also for their surrounding communities and the economy as a whole.”

Since the tax reform passage, Portman has visited KrogerWorldpay Inc., Helping Hands, and the Sheffer Corporation in Cincinnati, the UH Rainbow Center for Women and Children and Tremco in Cleveland, the Fredon Corporation and Steris Corporation in Mentor, GKM Auto Parts in Zanesville, Wolf Metals in Columbus, Bruns General Contracting in Tipp City, Lima Pallet Company in Lima, Velvet Ice Cream in Utica, ProMedica in Toledo, the Bowery Project and the Ronald McDonald House in Akron, the YMCA in Youngstown, Ariel Corporation in Mt. Vernon, Warren Fabricating and Machining, and Dayton Children’s Hospital.

In addition, he has hosted a roundtable with members of the Ohio Craft Brewers Association in Columbus, a roundtable with the North Canton Chamber of Commerce, a roundtable with members of the Greater Cleveland Partnership, a roundtable with Youngstown-Warren Regional Chamber of Commerce, a roundtable hosted by Uptown Consortium in Cincinnati, and a roundtable with members of the Columbus business community . At each event, Portman has heard positive examples of how the Tax Cuts & Jobs Act has helped these businesses create new jobs, invest in new plants and equipment, increase wages, pay bonuses, increase charitable giving, reinstate health care, expand 401(k) benefits, and make additional contributions to employee pension plans. 

Photos from the event are below:

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