WASHINGTON, D.C. – At a Delaware County scaffolding manufacturer that makes scaffolding for wind turbines, U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) will outline efforts to help more Ohio manufacturers transition to the clean energy economy. Brown will visit Sky Climber—the nation’s only suspended scaffolding manufacturer—to discuss how clean energy manufacturing can create jobs, revitalize Ohio manufacturing, and hasten Ohio’s economic recovery.
"In Ohio, we know how to make things. Manufacturers like Sky Climber combine our state's rich manufacturing heritage with our spirit of innovation” Brown said. “Through the clean energy industry, Sky Climber is finding new markets for its products. If we're going to revitalize our state's manufacturing industry and help create jobs, we need to help more manufacturers in our supply chain retool for the clean energy economy and export their products around the world."
Brown was joined by George Anasis, President and CEO of Sky Climber which manufacturers suspended scaffolding in Delaware, which is used in wind turbines, bridges, and cell towers.
Clean energy represents one of the fastest-growing industries in the world—growing from a $33 billion industry in 2004 to $211 billion industry in 2010. More than 70 percent of clean energy components are made outside of the U.S., with China on track to make half of world’s wind turbines and solar panels—and then sell them to countries like the U.S.
Brown outlined legislation he has authored which would help more manufacturers retool operations so that they can participate in the clean energy supply chain by expanding and improving the Advanced Energy Manufacturing Tax Credit. The Security in Energy and Manufacturing (SEAM) Act provides a 30 percent credit (known as 48C) for domestic companies that create clean energy jobs by retooling operation for the clean energy supply chain. In Ohio alone, 48C has supported seven projects across the state, including at nearby Bucyrus. The SEAM Act also adjusts the selection criteria to give higher priority to facilities that manufacture—rather than assemble—goods and components in the U.S.