CAREY, OH — U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) visited Continental Structural Plastics (CSP), a composite manufacturer in Carey, today. CSP currently employs nearly 700 workers and is planning to grow operations. Earlier this week, Brown announced a $1.5 million grant for the Village of Carey from the Economic Development Administration (EDA) to construct an electric substation that will help CSP expand its plant. This project is expected to create 50 jobs at CSP.

“Continental Structural Plastics is helping lead Ohio’s manufacturing growth,” Brown said. “And this week’s EDA funding will help provide the infrastructure CSP needs to innovate and compete.” 

In addition to touring the plant and meeting with workers, Brown discussed his bipartisan manufacturing jobs legislation – which recently passed the House – that would establish a National Network of Manufacturing Innovation (NNMI) and create thousands of high-paying, high-tech manufacturing jobs while enhancing the United States’ role as the world’s leader in advanced manufacturing.

The Revitalize American Manufacturing and Innovation Act (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 projected 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).