CLYDE - Next week, dozens of local Whirlpool employees will travel to Washington for a hearing with the International Trade Commission regarding practices of foreign-based manufacturers that they believe are skirting U.S. trade laws.

U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, who will testify on Whirlpool’s behalf at the hearing, toured the appliance manufacturer’s plant in Clyde, which employs nearly 3,500 people.