Rumors of the death of American manufacturing have been greatly exaggerated (“Despite China’s might, U.S. factories maintain edge” T-R, Jan.31). Ohio, which continues to make goods that are bought and sold throughout the world, is the third-largest manufacturing export state. New industries like clean energy are contributing to the renewal of our industrial heritage.
But we can be even greater. It’s time that our legislative priorities correspond with America’s need to promote innovation and encourage investments that maintain global competitiveness. Through bipartisan legislation like the Strengthening Employment Clusters to Organize Regional Success Act, we can equip another generation to contribute to Ohio’s manufacturing legacy. This bill helps develop specific training programs that meet specialized needs of regional emerging industries, including new manufacturing sectors. The Investments for Manufacturing Progress and Clean Technology Act is also vital to supporting American manufacturers. IMPACT would establish a loan fund to help manufacturers in Ohio and throughout the country retool for a clean energy future.
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