CUYAHOGA COUNTY, OH – U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) concluded his three-stop jobs tour in Cuyahoga County at Heidelberg Distributing in Independence, following stops a Findaway in Solon and the Vitamix Main Production Facility in Strongsville last week.
“Ohio’s workforce and manufacturers have been at the center of economic growth and prosperity,” said Brown. “These visits are an opportunity to meet our manufacturing workforce and learn about how we can work together to grow our middle class.”
Today, Brown toured Heidelberg Distributing’s warehouse and met with workers and leadership. Heidelberg Distributing is a family-owned wine and beer distributer that employs more than 1,600 Ohioans. In addition to its Independence location, it has operations in Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus, Dayton, Evandale, Lorain, Toledo, and Youngstown. During the visit, Brown and officials at Heidelberg discussed the importance of ensuring the tax code works for small businesses and manufacturers.
Last Thursday, Brown visited workers at Findaway in Solon, a high-tech company which assembles its products in Ohio. It produces devices called “Playaways” to deliver audiobooks, eBooks, videos, and other learning tools that are circulated to more than 40,000 libraries, schools, and military installations. The company also produces devices designed to help veterans and soldiers address their mental health needs like post-traumatic stress, traumatic brain injury, and depression, and is working to make its products available at Veterans Affairs Medical Centers throughout the country. Findaway employs 130 workers at its Solon facility, which does all the assembly and production.
“Findaway is providing good jobs in the Solon community and producing innovative products that have the potential to help veterans with mental health needs,” said Brown. “I enjoyed the opportunity to meet workers at the plant and believe veterans should have access to this technology.”
On Wednesday, Brown visited Vitamix in Strongsville. Vitamix – an appliance manufacturer – employs more than 700 people in Ohio and assembles all of its products in northeast Ohio.
A strong supporter of American manufacturing, Brown 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.