Sen. Brown joined Neighborhood Housing Services of Greater Cleveland to commemorate the one millionth customer served through the National Foreclosure Mitigation Counseling Program (NFMC) and to outline ongoing efforts to address the housing crisis. As of mid-August, one million American homeowners have received housing counseling aimed at keeping them in their homes through the National Foreclosure Mitigation Counseling Program (NFMC), which began in early 2008.
Sen. Brown celebrated the first Chevrolet Cruze "off the line" at General Motors' Lordstown complex. In February, GM announced that it would add a third shift of workers to build the Cruze, adding 1,200 new jobs as a result.
Sen. Brown visited the Joint Systems Manufacturing Center in Lima. Brown was joined by Mark Roualet, the president of General Dynamics Land Systems, the operator of the plant.
Sen. Brown visited the Scioto County Career and Technical Center, a clean energy jobs training site, in Lucasville. The Ohio GROWS (Green and Renewable Opportunities for Workers) project recently received nearly $5 million in new federal funds which will help train workers for jobs in the clean energy industry. Brown toured the facility and spoke with trainees.
Sen. Sherrod Brown and Governor Ted Strickland attended the brick laying at the SunCoke Energy facility in Middletown. Construction began on the project in April 2010 and is expected to be completed in September 2011.
Sen. Brown discussed opportunities for job training and workforce development at Renegade Materials Inc. in Miamisburg. He was joined by community leaders and workers to discuss how Ohio's autoworkers displaced by the recession can retrain and retool for jobs in Ohio's growing manufacturing sectors.
Sen. Brown joined Vice President Biden to visit the Chrysler Toledo Assembly Complex, which includes the main assembly plant producing the Jeep Wrangler and three of the plant’s suppliers. They discussed the success thus far of the Administration’s actions to strengthen the American auto industry. They were joined by Governor Ted Strickland and U.S. Rep. Marcy Kaptur (OH-9).
Sen. Brown delivered the keynote address at the 2010 Corporation for Ohio Appalachian Development's (CO-AD) Annual Convention in Marietta.
"On issue after issue CO-AD has ensured low-income communities have the resources needed for self-sufficient economic development," Brown said. "It's clear that this organization's advocacy and activism pushes our government to do more and to do better."
Sen. Brown held a discussion with Steubenville-area manufactures and met with workers at Barium & Chemicals Inc. in Steubenville. Barium & Chemicals is a family-owned business producing a variety of grades compounds such as barium, strontium, calcium, potassium, antimony, and lead.
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Sen. Brown was part of a press conference today to discuss efforts to prevent mass layoffs of tens of thousands of teachers and first responders across the nation. Sen. Brown and other Democrats are fighting to ensure that states are able to keep teachers in our classrooms, police officers on the beat and firefighters on call.
Sen. Brown visited the Parma plant of GrafTech International, one of the world’s largest manufacturers of graphite and carbon-based products. Brown met with employees at GrafTech and toured the company’s laboratory.