MIDDLEPORT, Ohio – U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) visited Imperial Electric Company in Middleport today to highlight the company’s recently announced expansion. During his visit, Brown met with company leadership and workers. Last week, Nidec Corporation, Imperial Electric’s parent company, announced a $3.2 million investment in the Middleport plant to keep the facility open and to update aging equipment.
“Nidec’s decision to expand Imperial Electric’s Middleport operations is a direct reflection of the strength of its Ohio-based workforce,” Brown said. “I’m committed to expanding public-private partnerships throughout the state that create opportunities for increased investment in manufacturing and in workers.”
Imperial Electric manufactures elevator engines and other products used by the elevator industry.
“We’re already seeing benefits of our strategy to modernize the Middleport facility, taking advantage of its central location and highly skilled workforce,” said Pradeep Sood, President of Nidec Corporation’s Elevator & Drive Systems (EDS) business platform. “Thanks to the timely Nidec investments and the support we received from JobsOhio and AEP Ohio, we’re well on our way to offering a broader range of elevator products to our customers and growing with them in this important North American elevator market.”
Brown has been a strong supporter of American manufacturing. He authored the Revitalizing American Manufacturing and Innovation (RAMI) Act, which was signed into law in December 2014. The bill created a National Network of Manufacturing Innovation made up of advanced manufacturing hubs to bring together industry, universities and community colleges, federal agencies, and all levels of government to leverage resources and spur innovation. Brown’s office also hosts a series of Manufacturing Camps each summer to get a new generation of Ohioans interested in manufacturing jobs.