Tour Part of Portman’s Focus on Strengthening Manufacturing and Creating More Jobs in Ohio

CLEVELAND, OH – As part of his ongoing focus on jobs, U.S Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) toured MAGNET, the Manufacturing Advocacy and Growth Network. MAGNET is an organization dedicated to helping manufacturers grow and compete in Northeast Ohio that supports, educates and champions Northeast Ohio manufacturing with the goal of transforming the regional economy into a powerful, global player. Following the tour, Portman hosted a roundtable discussion with MAGNET’s board members and CEO.

Ohio is one of the top manufacturing states in the country because of our highly skilled workforce and our Midwest work ethic. Places like MAGNET are doing their part to ensure Ohio continues to be a manufacturing leader for decades to come. It was helpful for me to visit MAGNET and discuss how public policies are impacting manufacturing in Ohio and how I can help our manufacturing businesses grow and invest more in their communities. By focusing on pro-growth policies like tax reform and regulatory reform that will create more jobs and increase wages, and ensuring that businesses have a level playing field, I believe Congress can help create a better environment in which manufacturing workers can thrive,” said Portman. “We also discussed the importance of Career and Technical Education (CTE) to help bridge the skills gap and connect hardworking students to good jobs. I will continue to do my part at the federal level to make sure that Washington helps, not hurts, the growth of Ohio manufacturing.”

NOTE: Recently, Portman along with Senator Tim Kaine (D-VA) introduced the BUILDS Act which promotes industry or sector partnerships to improve worker training, retention, and advancement related to infrastructure industries. 

Earlier this year, as part of Portman’s efforts to close the skills gap and put more Ohioans to work, Portman introduced 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. He also led the bipartisan effort to raise the quality of CTE and joined Senator Kaine to introduce the bipartisan JOBS Act to help students access training for the 5.5 million vacant jobs that are unfilled in part because of a shortage of qualified workers.

Following are photos of the tour and roundtable:

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