In Sidney, Portman Visits Sapa Extrusions, Continues Efforts to Protect Ohio Jobs & Fight Unfair Imports

February 21, 2017 | Press Releases

At Portman’s Urging, the Administration is Standing Up for Aluminum Manufacturers Like Sapa at the World Trade Organization

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) visited Sapa Extrusions in Sidney, Ohio today to meet with company leadership and tour their facilities. Portman saw firsthand the Ohio aluminum manufacturing jobs that he has been working hard to protect.

Here in Ohio at companies like Sapa Extrusions, we have the best workers in the world.  They can compete and win against competition from anywhere in the world.  All they need is a level playing field,” said Portman. “My focus each and every day is to protect Ohio jobs, including those right here at Sapa, and I’m working to help put an end to the layoffs in the aluminum industry that have hurt Ohio workers and our communities. At my urging, I’m pleased that the administration is standing up for aluminum producers and manufacturers at the WTO.  I’ve also worked to enact legislation like the Leveling the Playing Field Act, which gives domestic industries like Sapa more tools to fight unfair trade practices. We’ve won some important trade enforcement cases with these new tools and I will continue to urge the administration to crack down on unfair imports and protect Ohio jobs.”

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.