Portman Tours Ford Sharonville Transmission Plant, Talks Tax Reform & Jobs

October 11, 2017 | Press Releases

Three-Day Auto Manufacturing Jobs Tour Will Cover More Than 700 Miles Across Ohio

SHARONVILLE, OH – U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) today visited Ford’s Sharonville Transmission Plant as part of his Ohio Auto Manufacturing Jobs Tour, where he discussed tax reform and how it will benefit Ohio’s auto manufacturers and their workers.  After his visit, Portman recorded this video and released the following statement:

“It was great to visit with Ford’s leaders and workers in Sharonville, home to one of the best transmission plant in the world. Ohio is a leader in automobile manufacturing and today I saw firsthand how our workers are at the cutting edge of innovation and development. As the Co-Chair of the Senate Auto Caucus, I will continue to fight for policies that will keep out auto industry in Ohio vibrant and strong.

“We know that simplifying our broken tax code will create more American jobs and increase wages, but it will also provide a significant boost to Ohio’s auto manufacturers and their workers.  When Ohio manufacturers have a level playing field, we can compete and win against anyone. Unfortunately, for too long, our tax code has caused American manufacturers to compete with one hand tied behind their back. Our corporate tax rate is the highest among any of our global competitors, and our international tax code penalizes companies that want to bring money home to reinvest in the United States. That’s unacceptable. By lowering tax rates for individuals and businesses, and getting rid of tax loopholes used primarily by a select few, we can put more money back into workers’ paychecks, create more jobs here at home, and jumpstart our economy.”

NOTE: During his Ohio Auto Manufacturing Jobs Tour, Portman will cover more than 700 miles crossing Ohio over three days to learn more about recent auto investments into Ohio, raise awareness for the economic impact of the automotive industry in our state, and discuss how tax reform will benefit auto manufacturers.  Portman is a strong supporter and advocate for Ohio’s auto industry, which employs more than 108,000 Ohioans and contributes more than $13 billion annually to Ohio’s economy.  With Ohio’s vast manufacturing supply chain, competitive energy costs, and cutting edge research, Ohio is well positioned to continue to be a leader in automotive manufacturing. 

Portman has been a leader in efforts to simplify and reform our broken tax code.  This year, Portman has hosted tax reform roundtables in Columbus and Dayton with local business leaders, in Cleveland with the Greater Cleveland Partnership, and in Cincinnati with the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber.  Portman recently jointed House and Senate GOP leaders in unveiling a unified framework to achieve pro-growth tax reform. The full framework can be found here, and a one page overview can be found here.

Following are photos of the event: