Several Ohio-Based Manufacturers Recognized


WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) today announced that a new BioPreferred label to identify products made with renewable agricultural ingredients will be used throughout the country.  The new label is expected to boost demand for agricultural products and support rural jobs. U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Deputy Secretary Kathleen Merrigan introduced the new label today at Hoover, Inc. in Glenwillow, Ohio.

“For many Ohioans, a strong agricultural sector means stronger communities, better opportunities, and good paying jobs,” Brown said. “This new label is expected to increase demand for biobased products made right here in Ohio and throughout America’s rural communities.”

“When consumers see the BioPreferred label in a store, they’ll know that the product or its packaging is made from renewable plant, animal, marine, or forestry materials,” said Deputy Secretary Merrigan.  “From bioplastics to plant-based cleaners, from industrial lubricants and construction products to personal care items, this ever-growing list of biobased products helps create jobs in rural communities by adding value to agricultural commodities and can reduce our dependence on imported oil.”

Nutek Green in Glenwillow, a division of Hoover, Inc, Betco Corporation in Toledo, and ElastiKote in Akron are among the companies that manufacture consumer products that will feature the new BioPreferred label.

The USDA estimates that there are 20,000 biobased products currently being manufactured in the United States.

Sen. Brown supported the label effort while writing the 2008 Farm Bill. As the new Chair of the Senate Agriculture Subcommittee on Hunger, Nutrition, and Family Farms, Brown will continue to support issues that are vital to agricultural communities and jobs.

Brown is the first Ohioan to serve on both the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry and the Senate Appropriations Agriculture Subcommittee. Agriculture is still Ohio’s largest industry. As the first Ohioan in more than 40 years to serve on the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, Sen. Brown is looking forward to working on behalf of Ohio’s agricultural community as the Senate considers the 2012 Farm Bill.

During the authorization of the 2008 Farm Bill, Brown traveled around the state to listen to Ohio’s farmers and take their ideas to Washington.  Brown helped secure six major provisions that will improve and reform the farm safety-net, support rural communities, promote renewable energy, encourage healthy diets, and protect natural resources.