BRYAN — Ohio's Democratic U.S. senator made a visit to Spangler Candy Co. here Thursday morning to announce what he described as a pension "fix" for the company's unionized workforce.

Sherrod Brown first toured the facility, then held a press conference to explain how federal legislation will help fill a multi-million-dollar gap in pension funds for Spangler retirees and current workers. Company officials say this is allowing their ongoing expansion.

The stop was one of two Brown made locally Thursday. Later, he met with area officials in Defiance to discuss local housing needs (see related story).

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