MACEDONIA, OH – U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) visited Parker Hannifin’s new tech incubator in Macedonia on Monday, where he toured the facility and watched a demonstration of the company’s new Indego exoskeleton, which helps people with mobility impairments to walk. Brown is working with Parker Hannifin to secure federal approval for the technology which would ramp up production for the technology in northeast Ohio.

“Ohio has emerged as a growing biomedical belt and Parker Hannifin is helping lead the way,” Brown said. “There is so much cutting-edge technology coming from Ohio companies, research institutions, and the partnerships they create – but this is just the beginning. That’s why it’s so important that we strategically invest by leveraging local expertise to foster innovation and create jobs.”

Brown also discussed his manufacturing jobs legislation – which passed the House of Representatives on Monday – that would establish a National Network of Manufacturing Innovation (NNMI) and support the type of work happening at Parker Hannifin. The Revitalize American Manufacturing and Innovation Act(RAMI) would create thousands of high-paying, high-tech manufacturing jobs while enhancing the United States’ role as the world’s leader in advanced manufacturing.

RAMI would bring together industry, universities and community colleges, federal agencies, and all levels of government, to accelerate manufacturing innovation in technologies with commercial applications. These public-private institutes would leverage resources to bridge the gap between basic research and product development.
Using this model, the Administration recently announced two new advanced manufacturing innovation institutes. One, the American Lightweight Materials Manufacturing Innovation Institute (ALMMII), will establish a unique public-private partnership jointly led by The Ohio State University, the University of Michigan, and the Columbus-based Edison Welding Institute (EWI). The project is expected to create more than 10,000 jobs in the next five years. NNMI’s pilot is Youngstown’s “America Makes,” formerly the National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute (NAMII).