Guest Column: Moving Miami Valley manufacturing forward to create new jobs

Dayton Business Journal

The following is a guest column written for the Dayton Business Journal by U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio:

More Ohioans are getting back to work.

And it is no surprise to me that the Dayton region is helping fuel much of our manufacturing job growth. After years of devastating plant closures – we lost more than five million manufacturing jobs during the first decade of this century – we can celebrate some good news.

Veterans and students at Sinclair Community College, the University of Dayton, and Wright State University are gaining the skills needed to compete in the 21st century economy.

Southwest Ohio is also poised to lead the nation in research and development of Unmanned Aerial Systems which will help the next era of American manufacturing take off right here in Ohio. And international companies, like Airbus Americas, are increasing their reliance on Dayton-area aerospace manufacturers. To top it off, direct flights departing from Dayton International Airport will again land at New York LaGuardia Airport -- renewing commercial opportunities between Miami Valley businesses and the world’s financial capital.

We’re making advancements; but to create more jobs, we must renew our focus on American manufacturing.

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