U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown on Wednesday continued to push for passage of a bill he introduced in August that would establish a national network of manufacturing innovation hubs, modeled after the National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute in Youngstown.

On a conference call with reporters, Brown said the legislation would bring together private industry, universities, federal agencies and others from across the country to strengthen the kind of research and development efforts that lead to better technology and more commercial applications.

More importantly, Brown said the legislation would strengthen regional economies and provide more manufacturing jobs to make up for the millions lost in recent decades.

Brown is spearheading the bill with U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt, a Missouri Republican.

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