KENTON, OH – U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) joined business and community leaders today to mark the completion of an expansion project at International Paper’s manufacturing facility in Kenton. The $70 million expansion project is expected to create 150 jobs in Hardin County. Brown joined Chairman and CEO of International Paper Company Mark Sutton, U.S. Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH), U.S. Reps. Jim Jordan (R-OH-4) and Bob Latta (R-OH-5), and local elected officials.

“This expansion will create jobs and expand production for International Paper here in Ohio,” Brown said. “This company is not just a global leader in the paper industry, it’s a critical part of Hardin County’s economy. That’s why it’s so important to ensure the continued success of manufacturers like International Paper by enforcing trade law to ensure American industry can continue to compete, succeed, and grow.” 

Brown has been a strong supporter of the domestic paper industry. He has repeatedly petitioned the International Trade Commission (ITC) and U.S. Department of Commerce on behalf of U.S. workers to ensure that agencies are enforcing trade law and ensuring Ohio businesses can compete on a level playing field. In October 2014, Brown visited International Paper’s facility in Mount Vernon.