When I travel across Ohio, I hear from business owners who have sucessfully expanded their companies, created jobs and sold their products in foreign markets. In 2013, Ohio exports totaled a record-breaking $50.8 billion. To quantify that, every $1 billion in exports supports nearly 5,000 domestic jobs. And in Ohio, more than one quarter of our state’s manufacturing jobs rely on exports.

Last week, I joined United States Trade Representative Michael Froman in a visit to Jet, Incorporated; a small business in Cleveland that is creating jobs by designing, manufacturing and exporting innovative wastewater treatment systems to 33 countries all over the world. Exports comprise more than 20 percent of Jet’s sales and, in 2012, the company received the President’s “E” Award for making a significant contribution to the expansion of U.S. exports. Companies like Jet, Inc. are the reason that U.S. exports reached $2.3 trillion in 2013, a new record for a fourth straight year.

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