CLYDE, OH —Today, U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) visited the Whirlpool plant in Clyde to tour the facility and meet with workers. Brown has worked to level the playing field for Whirpool workers by cracking down on countries that unfairly import their products into the U.S. at the expense of American workers.  

  • Brown and Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH) helped secure trade relief for Whirlpool and its workers in Clyde. The International Trade Commission (ITC) ruled that Whirlpool and 3,500 workers at its facility in Clyde were harmed by unfairly traded washing machine imports from China. Brown had called on ITC to make this ruling and testified at the case’s final hearing in December 2016.
  • Next month, Brown will testify on behalf of Whirlpool in a trade case to address the pattern of violations by companies like LG and Samsung who’ve repeatedly exported their washers at unfair prices.

“One of my most important jobs is visiting businesses and meeting with workers,” said Brown. “Manufacturing and businesses like Whirlpool are cornerstones of our economy. Ohio workers can compete with anyone in the world – but only if they have a level playing field. I will always go to bat for Ohio workers against foreign competitors who cheat the rules.”

In October 2016, Brown and Portman wrote to then-U.S. Department of Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker, urging her to take action against the flood of unfairly traded washing machine imports that are harming U.S. manufacturers and their workers, including the Whirlpool plant in Clyde.

Brown’s legislation, the Leveling the Playing Field Act, signed into law in June 2015, has restored strength to antidumping and countervailing duty statutes that allow businesses and workers in the United States to petition the Commerce Department and the ITC when foreign producers sell goods in the U.S. below market price or receive illegal subsidies. The law led to key wins for Ohio steel companies in major trade cases last year on cold-rolled, hot-rolled, and corrosion-resistant steel, including U.S. Steel, Nucor, ArcelorMittal, and AK Steel, which together employ more than 8,200 Ohio workers.

For the fifth year in a row, Brown also teamed up with local manufacturers, plants, community partners and schools to host Summer Manufacturing Camps where young Ohioans learned about Ohio’s manufacturing sector. Campers visited local manufacturers, toured plants, and worked with their peers on hands-on projects specific to their communities. Brown’s office started organizing summer manufacturing camps in 2013, and since then, the number of camps throughout the state has grown every year. This year, Brown’s office helped organize 18 camps in 16 counties.